Newbie Mantic PVC questions

Right, I just got my first KoW purchase that wasn’t plastic or metal, but what they say is PVC…

So it’s this guy I’ve looked at so far:

I’ve made and painted a few resin models before, but this stuff doesn’t feel like resin to me really. But maybe it behaves more like it? I did some searches online, and I couldn’t find much guidance, but I did find this:

So it seems that I should treat it like resin? But maybe some more experienced Mantic-ers here could help me confirm some questions…

  1. Does it need to be washed first?
  2. Should glue it with super glue? (rather than poly cement for plastic)
  3. Can I heat it to bend parts into shape? (which I definitely need to do, looking at the parts). And assuming so, should I only heat it by dipping into hot water? Or is using a hair dryer still ok? (which is what I’d used on resin before).
  4. Finally, if anyone is familiar with this kit, do you have any instructions etc. for how it’s supposed to be built? I can get pretty close to the images etc easily of course, but exactly how some of the parts are meant to join on (esp the back/central motor with back wheel on it), and the rider, is pretty confusing, as they don’t seem to fit properly in any location really. I would love it if it had come with some clearer pictures or instructions really! :pleading_face:

I assume you talk about Goblin mincer. It is older model, people used to call it “restic” as resin plastic, but Mantic never liked that so it called it hard plastic or something like that. I think now they make it from same plastic as those nighstalkers.
So: 1. I never washed, had no problem, but there is no harm in washing it with soap
2. I always glue with super glue, had no problem, have no idea if there would be issues with poly cement
3. yes, it can; some people use hot dryer, I find hot water much more convenient
4. I found this video:, maybe it helps
If not, here is pic so I will try to explain

Wheels to axies of carriege, engine and chimney part goes on the carriage in the middle, big thing with hole is big shield, it goes in the front, spikes to front and front part of engine goes through hole and drill bit goes on top of that, so it look like the engine is powering the drill. The two large spiky bits go on the top of the wheels, with big pointy bits forward, two small spiky bits go on big shield. Axe go on side, goblin whenever he fits, but I can`t remember where chainy thig goes. Hope this helps.


Thanks for the rapid response! :smiley:

That helps a lot. I found a few more videos too that were a bit useful now. I think the issue is I need to bend the parts first so that they will even fit together how they are supposed to be then!

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No problem!

Yeah, sometimes those bend pieces confuse people. I built mine with only couple pics that where available at the time and a lot of trial and error.


@ThaneBobo, great replies. Good that the community is so helfpul.

@Remy77077, here’s one more picture:

The mincer is a great piece of work, love it both on the battlefield and on the painting table. Have one more to work on, pictures will follow later!


More or less covered above, but mantic do resin, PVC and plastic models.

The latter will be on proper sprues, the PVC stuff loose or attached to small chunks of sprue, the resin stuff as you’d expect. The last two need superglue.

Cleaning the PVC stuff can be a bit of a pain - its knife work not files to clean up - and don’t always fit well. However hot water treatment and a quick cold dunk will solve most problems.

Some of the older PVC models have mold lines in tricky places - the goblin mawbeasts from the cav kits had them running across their teeth iirc. Things seem to be getting better though.


A bit late, but here are the promised pictures of my 2nd mincer and the mincer mob:




PVC is still plastic… but it’s not HIPS or “hard plastic”. HIPS is high-impact polystyrene which is why poly cement or liquid poly glues work with it* - they are a a solvent and melt the parts together. They will not work on PVC as it’s not the right type of plastic for the solvent.

For PVC you need superglue.

You shouldn’t have to wash them at all - they are injection shot in metal moulds just like hard plastic frames are. The good thing with PVC is that hot water will soften it to reshape (much like resin). Of course it also means that unlike hard plastic sometimes the parts are bent in transit, but hot water is an easy fix.

I hope that helps!

*these are what GW calls “plastic glue”