glue

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by hoppercarmaker, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. hoppercarmaker

    hoppercarmaker Member

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    What kind of glue is best to use on walthers building kits?
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    you can use regular model glue (e.g. Testors in the orange or blue (non-toxic) form. You can also use the solvent-type glues like Tenax-7 that actually melt the plastic. They set a lot faster, but come with a whole host of precautions. I would use those in a fume hood or spray booth that vents to the outside if you are going to use them on a regular basis.

    Andrew
  3. caellis

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    I have built large Walthers buildings as well as CPM and have used the Model Craft (Testors) in the black bottle. It has a very thin long tube that really works well.
    One bottle will build almost a complete layout's worth of buildings.
  4. hoppercarmaker

    hoppercarmaker Member

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    Thanks for the info!
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    doctorwayne Active Member

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    Hi hoppercarmaker, and welcome to the Gauge. :wave:
    I use lacquer thinner as a solvent glue for joining any kind of styrene, including Walthers kits. Since I also use it for thinning Floquil and other lacquer-based paints, I buy it by the gallon. Much cheaper than Testors, and it works just as well. I decant it into a Testors bottle (the one with the brush in the cap), and for very fine work, I use a suitably-sized paint brush. As with any solvent, good ventilation is a must.

    Wayne