I need to know what plastic is used for the hull (dark blue) of the 60266: Ocean Exploration Ship, in order to glue a reinforcement on.

I bought this for my boys (younger than the advertised 7+). It is a really fantastic playable model. Expensive per-part, put the floating ship and crane (on a gantry! :) ) is great. However, the hull is two sections (one bow, one stern) - and this is a problem.

Inexplicably, Lego did not devise a way to robustly connect the two halfs. they are connected only by studs at the top. So even with care, the studs work their way loose - and to borrow from SpaceX - RUD ! enter image description here

I would like to find a way to glue on a re-enforcement on the lower levels of the hull, preferably from Technic. However the plastic has a different feel, and seems a different stiffness - so I'm not sure if it's the standard ABS as the rest of the parts??

60266: Ocean Exploration Ship

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    I think, dark blue part element could be made of polyethylene, but don't take this as an answer. Just a suggestion. There is some space/volume inside the hull after placing the top cover. This allows you to experiment and find a glue that works best.
    – Alex
    May 11, 2021 at 4:10
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    OP's using the Kragle!
    – Zeemee
    May 11, 2021 at 9:21
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    I am not 100% sure but I could imagine parts such as these are creating using vacuum forming. I know that is how the old CITY road plates were made which is why they could not be used to connect bricks underneath. That might explain the lack of stiffness but perhaps that could narrow down the plastic used.
    – Ambo100
    May 11, 2021 at 10:29
  • I got red colored copy of the hull. By touch it has different feeling than the usual baseplate, which is a bit stiffer and its surface is harder than of the hull. Oh and I found my copy has PIP at the bottom.
    – Alex
    May 11, 2021 at 12:08
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    pretty sure the hull is molded, not vacuum formed. both sides are form faced, and have mold markings. May 12, 2021 at 2:29


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