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General Modelling Forum => Tips, Tools, and Techniques => Topic started by: NARSES2 on December 11, 2020, 06:19:18 am

Title: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: NARSES2 on December 11, 2020, 06:19:18 am
For years now I've used Humbrol Clearfix to fix my transparencies to the fuselage etc. Anyway it has it's uses (it will fill small gaps etc) but can be a tad messy given its inherent "gloopiness".

So as I'm coming near to the end of my current jar I was wondering what others use to fix their canopies in place ?
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 11, 2020, 06:24:31 am
I've used 'Gator's Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue' for ages. Sticks canopies AND fills in windows too, just like Kristal Klear.

I'm still on my first bottle too..................
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: Steel Penguin on December 11, 2020, 09:58:30 am
bog standard, generic PVA for myself.
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: rickshaw on December 11, 2020, 12:13:33 pm
I use "Watchmaker's Glue".  Get it from Evilbay, usually from the US.  I have been using one tube for about 18 months and have a spare.  Fairly cheap.  It is a clear glue.  Sticks like all buggery but won't fill gaps.
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on December 11, 2020, 05:08:19 pm
This is what Brian is referencing. It's also one of my preferred clear bits adhesives.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jeweltool-Hypo-Cement-Twin-Pack-dp-B00PKGSBKA/dp/B00PKGSBKA/ref=dp_ob_title_kitchen

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61Nw1dBn6UL._AC_SL1000_.jpg)
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: rickshaw on December 11, 2020, 07:57:08 pm
That's the stuff.  Stick like all buggery after a while and is dead clear.  No good for filling gaps though.   :angry:
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: Dizzyfugu on December 12, 2020, 01:03:30 am
I generally use simple white casein glue, because it is water-based and, once dry, becomes almost transparent. Slightly thinned the stuff can also be used to fill small gaps.

Never heard of the watchmaker glue, but it sounds interesting.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: zenrat on December 12, 2020, 01:15:46 am
Krystal Klear.  Sticks as well as it needs to but can generally be make to let go when I realise I knocked the canopy and misaligned it before the stuff had set.
KK seems to grip better than ordinary builders PVA.  I've also tried wood glue.  Had no discernible difference to ordinary PVA.
If I need more strength but still require clarity I use 5 minute epoxy.
If I am going windows into a fuselage and there is a risk I may push them inside once the halves are closed I (very carefully) use Tamiya Extra Thin.
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: chrisonord on December 12, 2020, 07:34:45 am
I've used 'Gator's Grip Acrylic Hobby Glue' for ages. Sticks canopies AND fills in windows too, just like Kristal Klear.

I'm still on my first bottle too..................
Whereabouts did you buy this stuff from please Kit??
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 12, 2020, 09:37:42 am
From my local art shop in Chepstow. Sadly they closed 4-5 yrs ago, but it seems it's quite common in the art field.
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: chrisonord on December 12, 2020, 03:24:26 pm
From my local art shop in Chepstow. Sadly they closed 4-5 yrs ago, but it seems it's quite common in the art field.
Thankyou  Kit, I had a look for it ont tinterweb but nothing  come up. I will  see if I can get it locally somewhere.
Cheers
Chris
Title: Re: Fixing Transparencies ?
Post by: NARSES2 on December 13, 2020, 05:51:26 am
Cheers for these tips lads  :thumbsup: