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RobertDD
02-25-2002, 09:18 AM
I have my (almost complete) loose action fleet collection displayed in my hallway. It looks great, I'm very happy, etc, etc.

However, there is one big problem with opening up all the boxes and battle packs and that's the figures. Whenever someone (usually me) walks by the slightest tremor can have devastating effects on my carefully placed figures. They topple over like crazy! It really isn't a problem with the figures in the ship-stands or the episode 1 guys (with the pegholes), but mainly with the guys that just have a tiny base (which sometimes even isn't at the correct 90 degree angle, making the fig even more topple sensitive), no peghole and no stand. Take battle pack 12 as an example. Sometimes my cantina looks more like a bowling alley!

So what's the answer? Anyone here encountered the same problem? I wonder if there are stands for the loose figs that give them a broader base (somewhat like the bases that they sell for the 3 3/4 scale figs) Or is there anyone that ever attempted to make something themselves. I even thought of some removable adhesive although I am pretty reluctant to try that out.

jeddah
02-25-2002, 10:29 AM
When I had my SW stuff displayed (all packed away now due to the Emperors New Move) I used a tiny pad of blue-tac underneath the base. One thing that really used to pee me off, was my Dune Sea scene because as soon as I got Luke, Han, B.fett et al standing on the skiff, Barada would fall over.
:rolleyes:
jeddah

RobertDD
02-25-2002, 11:15 AM
Yeah, that one gave me a couple of headaches too! There's one battle pack it made sense taking a figure out (or they could've made the skiff a bit bigger!)
Anyway, is the blue tag easily removable without leaving a trace?

jeddah
02-25-2002, 02:06 PM
sure, blu tac is just a sort of putty that we use to stick posters up etc. Not sure what it is called in the states.... U-HU tack, perhaps?

jeddah

JediTricks
02-26-2002, 01:15 AM
After 6 months, I gave up and put the figures away or housed them in their appropriate playsets. It became a battle I was no longer interested in fighting because I had all the AF figures on one shelf together, and when one would fall, he'd take out a few others and then I'd stand him back up and THAT would knock over more. So I finally threw in the towel.

r2dee2
02-26-2002, 08:39 AM
RobotFan (http://members.aol.com/robotfan/recipe.html?) has a system of super sculpey for the larger figures. You might be able to appy that to the smaller figures and create an entire scene using that as a base.

RobertDD
02-26-2002, 09:44 AM
Thanx for all the suggestions. I really like that SuperSculpy stuff and it sounds it would do a good job. As it is I went into the store today and bought something very similar to that blue tag stuff. I works great and seems to do the job nicely. Its white though, which looks much better than blue if a little bit shows. Finally the people in my Mos Espa Market (mostley Mos Eisley characters from the battle packs) shop standing up instead of crawling to their destinations (except for Greedo, as he's just been shot).

JediTricks
02-27-2002, 01:31 AM
For my gold yoda pepsi can, I chewed up some wrigley's chewing gum (the kind that's white) until it was totally devoid of flavor and used that to keep it from falling off the shelf (I live in earthquake country, so it's a necessity). A little goes a long way and it's cheap! :p

jeddah
02-27-2002, 04:57 AM
Jeditricks said;

For my gold yoda pepsi can, I chewed up some wrigley's chewing gum (the kind that's white) until it was totally devoid of flavor and used that to keep it from falling off the shelf (I live in earthquake country, so it's a necessity). A little goes a long way and it's cheap

You're just pure class, aren't you.:dead:

jeddah

good shot jansen
02-27-2002, 06:31 AM
wrigley's?!!:eek:

and to insure the bugs from the neighborhood get a good lock on, i suppose you left some soda in the can for good measure:p

i dunno 'bout caleeforniay, but here in the swamp, you leave even the slightest amount of food hangin' round, your sure to attract lotsa bugs:stupid:

JediTricks
02-28-2002, 02:01 AM
1) This is a sealed can w/out soda in it.

2) The gum had all the food elements chewed out of it and then washed, so no bug problem since the only thing left is tacky rubber.

3) Since I had a concern that most colored tacky stuff might stain the aluminum over time, I figured the white gum wouldn't stain and would be easier to remove in the future.

RobertDD
02-28-2002, 02:57 AM
The stuff I used is called "Fix-it poster buddies" made by a compagny called Pritt (they also make those glue sticks for kids). I do not know wether it's available in the US, but it is white, not blue or anything. The only drawback I found with it is that it tastes awfull.