More on banana oil

By Brian Cameron

Oddly, a day or so after my last post, a friend asked me about banana oil, which prompted me to look into the subject. You can get the genuine article here:

https://www.addlestone-models.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=oil%20banana&PN=BANANA%2DOIL%2D125ML%2DBO%2D125%2Ehtml#SID=84

However, it’s worth noting that banana oil is a form of amyl acetate which is used in nail varnish. So it’s actually little more than a varnish. Back in the ’70s I did various conversions of 1/32nd-scale Western gunfight figures using plasticene and coated them with polyurethane varnish, all the rage for varnishing figures then. Despite the handling in games and the passage of time. the figures are still intact now. So I’d suggest a coat of varnish to provide a hard skin on it.

An alternative would be to use something like Milliput which will fully harden.

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About Brian Cameron

I've been wargaming for over 50 years, often solo. I've written lots of games and rules, some published, and articles in the wargames press.
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