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I am not 100% sure if this has been covered before or not, so apologies if this is a repost. Anyway, my storm giant is such a great sculpt, all except for his sword. No amount of boil/freeze action keeps it from really making me want to resort to bad viagra jokes. I'd imagine some kind of modding would help? I think the terms in use are pinning and drilling? anyway, I've never pinned anything before and I don't really want to start without seeking some advice. Anyone willing to impart some hard-won wisdom?

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Paper Clip Wire is inexpensive, comes in two thicknesses, and is nice and stiff.

 

The tool you must have is called a Pin Vise. Memorize that phrase. It can look like one of these:

 

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A pin vise is a tiny drill turned by hand. They'll go through the bones material like it is butter.

 

(Edit: This was the best picture of pin vises I could easily find. I have no idea what a "Lapua Flash Hole" is. I think they were drilling in brass on the page it came from.)

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If you don't have a pair of hardened steel wire cutters, stick with softer metals for pinning. Soft metals like brass and aluminum can be cut with almost any clipper you can find, but sewing pins, steel paper clips, etc. are rough on the cheaper cutters, destroying the edge and potentially causing injury with flung off pieces of sharp metal. Zoroaster's advice should not be ignored.

 

Don't forget to send feedback to Reaper about the sword. I'm not sure if the Storm Giant always has a floppy sword, but whether or not they can do anything for you, letting them know there is a problem is a good idea. If nothing else, it gives them information on the types of sculpts that are not ideal. Or maybe they can tweak the plastic mix used in the Storm Giant to make it less floppy in the future.

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(Edit: This was the best picture of pin vises I could easily find. I have no idea what a "Lapua Flash Hole" is. I think they were drilling in brass on the page it came from.)

Sounds like they may have been modifying cartridges - I've only "Lapua" in regards to .338 Lapua Magnum, a high powered rifle round. (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/.338_Lapua_Magnum)

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(Edit: This was the best picture of pin vises I could easily find. I have no idea what a "Lapua Flash Hole" is. I think they were drilling in brass on the page it came from.)

Sounds like they may have been modifying cartridges - I've only "Lapua" in regards to .338 Lapua Magnum, a high powered rifle round. (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/.338_Lapua_Magnum)

 

Lapua also makes Brass for other calibers as well, but it's unbelievably expensive. Good quality though.

 

I use straight pins for most of my pining, unless it's terribly big or bulky, then I use brass rod. So far I've had no issues cutting either with the diagonal cutters I got from Harbor Freight.

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I've had little difficulty using sewing pins for pinning things; they slide right in. The only problem I had was finding a hard enough pair of pliers to clip off the extra pin without denting the pliers....

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

Annealing the metal will make cutting it that much easier. A few quick passes of the needle through a candle flame is all it takes.

 

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