My father has this beautiful chess set given to him by my mother before I was born. Sadly, he lent it once for a tournament and when he got it back most of the pieces were broken. He still gets mad nowadays when he thinks about it, so I decided to repair it and to paint it like a model kit. I'm not sure what kind of plastic it is, but it feels like stirene. I'd like to get some pointers and advice on how to repair it. My first idea is to make a mold of whatever parts are still there, like the axes on the pawns and cast them, and sculpt whatever is missing. I'd really appreciate your help.
It's called JB-Weld and is exactly what you need! It will fix all kinds of issues... Hopefully it'll help but generally, any epoxy / bonding agent like Loctite bonding system would work just as well in my opinion. :D
any update on this? fascinating project!!!! .
the only thing i might think of to do.... is take the felt off the bottom of one of those pawns, and do a few "experiments" on the plastic material there on the bottom of the piece. if you can figure out how to properly bond something to that, then you can figure out how to, say, bond something to the horse's lower leg.
then, after your 'experiment' is done, you can cut it and sand it back flat, then put the felt back on, and nobody will ever know you did it!
JB weld is great. Some types of it have steel in them for added strength.