So now I had to reattach the head and I remembered the baking soda and super glue trick. Now I had heard about this for years and years, but have never done it. So I googled it and watched a video from DeeJayBee Studios (I think I spelled that right) about how to do it, the chemical reaction and how the results were pretty much an instantaneous bond. I was into that! I had no desire to try to hold the head in place for several minutes in the hope that it would hold. So for the first time ever I tried out the baking soda and super glue trick. I started at the top so the head would stay on and then my plan was to take care of the sides. Well when I checked the horse from the right side I found that I had sort of a big gap going on. But I looked from other angles and decided I could work with this. So I filled the gap with gel super glue, put on the baking soda, and bam! Done. I really like this trick!
The title of this post is actually a reference to a TV show, with relation to the sexy look I was sporting while I was working on my CM QH. Sometimes I wonder what my neighbors think of me. Then I realize I don't care. Yes, I usually use sunglasses as safety glasses.
Yesterday I mentioned how my custom's neck was too long and I was waiting for everything to cure and thinking about what to do next. I decided that it would still be best for me not to detach it at the chest, so I cut his head all the way off. Then I removed a bit of the neck, took a pic like this and sent it to my friends who I have been asking opinions from, and then I smoothed everything down a bit more. After I got the agreement that yes, the neck was much better now, I dremeled down some of the crest and generally smooth things out. I was really glad for my sexy respirator!
I forgot to get a photo of the nicely filled in gap, but this is the other side. No more gaps. I am going to let him sit for at least a day before I start sanding. Then, sanding will be my life for a while.
The neck had several weird spots of epoxy, with sort of caved in sections that I decided to fill a bit with the glue and soda method. I was having way too much fun now! I have more epoxy on the way and after a bit of sanding I will work on remaking his neck. I didn't actually cut too much, so I think it should be OK. My goal is to just make things as seamless as I can where I made changes. I have been working carefully in the hopes of not making a ton of work for myself later. We'll see how that goes.
Here he is with his shorter neck and reattached head. I don't hate him. I actually really like him. And if I can get everything smoothed out and resculpted the way I want he will be wonderful.
So at this point I have taken a NIB Breyer and cut him in several places, moved his neck and head, cut his head completely off and shortened the neck a bit, reattached the head, started rebuilding the neck, and smoothed it out a bit. I think for having almost no clue what I am doing, I am not doing too badly. And at the moment I am enjoying this a lot. Things could get dangerous for model horses around here...