Scenic cement?  Hot glue?  Rubber cement?  Double sided tape?   

Obviously fast setup is critical for the unbalanced standing figures, but without the destruction CA causes to Plasticville would be nice...

Thanks for any ideas!

Tom

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On the more static ones I use Rubber Cement as it would be easy to remove and does not do any damage.  What works for me (sometimes) on the ones that are less stable is to put a "glob" of Rubber Cement in the spot I want it then wait a few minutes till it gets "sticky" and then put the figure on it.  Sometimes works sometimes not.  I also use a cement called "School Glue" which seems like regular rubber cement but is more transparent and seems to work a little better.  Available at Michael's.  Yes I have also used CA when I get desperate

Don

For insulation foam (or similar) layout surfaces: Heat a straight pin with a match and stick it up into a plastic figure's leg or other relevant part, then clip off the pin's head. Now the figure can be stuck anywhere you would like, and moved without visible damage to the surface.

D500 posted:

For insulation foam (or similar) layout surfaces: Heat a straight pin with a match and stick it up into a plastic figure's leg or other relevant part, then clip off the pin's head. Now the figure can be stuck anywhere you would like, and moved without visible damage to the surface.

I like D500 pin idea as it will also work with homosote. If you can’t stick the pin in use a micro drill bit to make a hole. When and if you change whatever you used for the landscaping will cover the hole nicely. I used this metho for planting trees on my last layout. 

Rick

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FlyPlanes-PlayTrains posted:

Scenic cement?  Hot glue?  Rubber cement?  Double sided tape?   

Obviously fast setup is critical for the unbalanced standing figures, but without the destruction CA causes to Plasticville would be nice...

Thanks for any ideas!

Tom

I use Gorilla brand Super glue because it is a little flexible.  I have not had any issues removing figures form surfaces by just prying gently with a knife blade.

What damage is the CA you reference causing to Plasticville?

Don

KOOLjock1 posted:

That's what I've always used, works great.  Nice because you can quickly and easily move figures around, changing up scenes, which creates more interest.

CA is great for things when needing a quick set and hold, to be finished by more appropriate methods.  Like laying a tack weld.  I use CA on buildings to set the square then follow up with appropriate glue depending on the model type.

Thanks everyone.  Depending on who you’re sticking to what surface, these are great options.  I ended up buying most suggestions here, and they’ve all worked great for various layout locations.     
As a side note Home Depot stocks, in the store, museum wax.  Although it’s in an enormous 13oz container, it’s only $10... If anyone in central PA would like a scoop or two, I now have enough for many lifetimes.  


Tom

Cur Ra Hee! (I stand alone) 

  1. I found some very thin lead stick on weights for fishing lure depth control. They could be cut with scissors to match figure bases. Almost have a Weeble wobble capability.
  2. Caulk. (removes pretty easily)

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I don't have pictures ..but if you get the dermal gray drill bits I think their are 6 or so sizes in them ..

I just use my fingers and turn the bit with my fingers under their feet...

I drill in 2 or  3 mm then I get any stick pin use  a dab of super glue and (pun ..."stick it to them" )

I leave around 3/8 or so  of the needle out of a leg.. then just put them in your foam or if necessary drill your ply-would same way..  whats nice is you can move them "anytime" anywhere.. makes you know when someone is really  paying  attention to your details...daniel

TexasSP posted:

Thread needs renamed to 101 ways to stick little people to your layout. Lots of good feedback on this and plenty of options.

You are so right, TexasSP!  So I'll add to the list.  Lexel Elastic Sealant.  It's super clear.  In fact, they claim it's 19X clearer than silicone, if you believe that.  Anyway, I used it to "mount" about 20-25 figures on a small layout I built about 10 years ago by applying a tiny bead under the feet of each figure.  Not one figure has ever moved from its mounted location since then. 

Even better...I just dismantled the layout this past weekend.  Every single figure lifted off with ease.  Not a single broken, cracked or damaged anything.  In most cases, a thin layer of Lexen remained on either the figures' feet, or the place where the figure was mounted (e.g. "sidewalk").  In either case, it rolled right off with the use of a finger and left no visible marks...even after 10 years!  I would definitely use it again.

Readily available, here's a link to just one of many sources.

Joe

Enjoying this Great Hobby in memory of Dad & Pop...the "original Joe's" responsible for my interest in trains!!

Patrick1544 posted:

I use this Frost King Clear 2 sided tape.  Its the thickness of regular cellophane tape.  It is removable with a careful hand.  71GKgyncFkL._SL1500_71-jDnEl-yL._SL1500_

I use that as a traction booster applied to one outer rail of a 5% grade; topside/inside rail detacked is best.  I have used it on figures too,  

Regular caulk can be painted 😉 Silicone isn't fun to paint 

  I have a few rolls of various gauges of stainless packaging wire and welding wire (.019-.040) and have used heat on the tip & melted some length of wire into figure heels (wire held with small pliers), then clip it to length. 

A foot post limits the possibility of repositioning the figure "anywhere". (Unless you want to drill a bunch of holes in a nice platform, etc.

The stainless wire,n high grade needles/ pins can often be pulled free of a melted figure foot later, but not always. 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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