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Thread: What glues do you use?
05/07/2020 16:30:51

Here's the second test with the Superphatic with some 1/4" square medium balsa longerons, pinned to the board, glue wicked in and left for 24hours. The glue is setting quite brown and a bit rubbery bot sands okay.

In the first instance I just made a butt joint, simulating a longeron and an upright. Once set the joint seemed very solid and it took some considerable force to break it. I couldn;t get it to part by just pulling directly orhogonal to the longeron, but the joint did fail when I put some twisting motion in at the same time.

The before shot shows that the glue wicked in nicely round and into the joint.

superphatic longeron test before

Examining the failed joint after testing to destruction the joint failed very close to the joint line, but did fail within the upright itself. In other words the wood broke, not the glue.

Longeron test after

With joints of this type though, I like to fit at least one, if not two gussets. Which looked like this.

Superphatic longeron test gusset

That did feel stronger, especially once I started twisting, and broke away leaving bringing quite a bit of the longeron and gusset away from the joint, reauiring more force. I did screw a wee hook into the upright and thought I might be a bit more scientific by adding weights to the joint until it failed, but this will do, I'm still happy to use this glue for my balsa to balsa and ply joints.

Longeron gusset after

04/07/2020 11:52:47

Happy to run another test Bob - I'll make up a longeron to upright joint, with and without gussets and give it a test this afternoon.

04/07/2020 09:58:55
Posted by kc on 03/07/2020 19:50:08:

Bob said " The Superphatic that I've got dries very rubbery, it is a FiveStar branded one "

The glue I used is marked Super'Phatic! and is the stuff made by Deluxe Materials and is probably a trademark so whatever Bob used is not the same stuff. Of course it could be very similar or it might not. Five Star has something called Hingeite which I thought would be similar, but I couldn't get on with it - perhaps I didn't use it correctly or perhaps it went off in storage.

So if anyone who uses Super'Phatic can advise us how they get on with it and whether it stores well for a year or more then I would be pleased to hear. I am reluctant to use the Hingeite on hinges either until I know it works well.

I've been using Deluxe Material Superhatic for years - because I get a strong adverse reaction to CA, so I substitute Superphatic instead of CA for most balsa to balsa joints. I haven't had a problem with things coming undone, but I haven't done a huge amount of bare balsa building in recent years. I often go over the joints in ARTFs with Superphatic as well.

However in response to requests in this thread I did do a test with some scrap balsa. The was a piece of fairly thick sheet and a piece of about 1/2" square balsa strip, pinned together and with Superphatic wicked into the joint, as I would normally use it. This bottle of Superphatic is several years old, has gone quite brown with exposure to the light I don't recall whether it was in my glue box indoors in previous years, but more than likely it was, but last winter it was definitely stored in unheated workshop and sub-freezing temperatures.

The joint has had 32 hours curing time, as I made it up on Thursday evening. I photographed it this morning -first picture, then tried to break the joint. With quite considerable force in trying to pull the pieces apart the balsa sheet broke along the grain, just off the glue line. Then I tried to break it again and eventually manage to separate the pices -again, with considerable force, which broke the piece of strip, leaving chucks and fibres close to, but not on the glue line. The balsa failed, rather than making a clean break at the glue line, as seen in the second picture.

Superphatic test before

Superphatic test after

I'm more than happy to continue to use the Deluxe Materials Superphatic as my main glue for balsa-to-balsa and ply joints. I concur with the previous posts that this glue is nothing like the normal, thick, aliphatic glues -it has the same consistency as semi-skimmed milk - and is used in a different way. For me, with the sort of models I build, the assemble, pin (or clamp) and wick the glue technique works, but it would be trivial to coat both surfaces, then clamp together if preferred. The glue definitely does wick into the joint and into the balsa.

Edited By leccyflyer on 04/07/2020 10:03:04

Thread: Ebay sellers...
04/07/2020 07:36:46

Brace yourselves for this one, aviation history buffs.

Not one of the few.

Thread: Receivers
03/07/2020 20:21:32

I've recently installed a few AR620s in models though IIRC only one of them has flown so far. The reports were good and, as mentioned above, they are a bit less likely to be cloned and provided you buy them from a reputable source you should be fine. I like them because they have a bind button, rather than that ridiculous and fiddly bind plug and they have no external antennae. That makes them ideal for my funfighter and smaller sized models.

Thread: Ebay sellers...
01/07/2020 07:30:34
Posted by Robin Colbourne on 28/06/2020 22:29:37:
Posted by Kevin Fairgrieve on 28/06/2020 21:16:57:

secret How much!!!!

Flair Puppeter

Why oh why does he say it was modelled on an Albatros DIII? THe Albatros has an inline engine with a big spinner, a fairly rounded fuselage and wingtips swept the other way.
Oh, hang on, the Albatros had black crosses too, that must be it!

Edited By Robin Colbourne on 28/06/2020 22:31:12

Indeed - it couldn't be further from an Albatross DIII unless it was a Flair Magnatilla or Triplane.. As mentioned, it's being sold by an antique shop and they do have some funny ideas about the value of models sold as ornaments.

Thread: What glues do you use?
30/06/2020 17:25:21

Shows how long ago it was that I last bought Resin W!

30/06/2020 12:50:45

Another nice thing about using Resin W is the long thin applicator nozzle which lets you get the glue in exactly the right place. I find that the modelling PVA dispensers tend to clog up as soon as you look at them, very often needing to be disassembled and cleaned.

Thread: Does anyone remember...
30/06/2020 05:58:14
Posted by Stephen Rawsthorne 1 on 29/06/2020 22:10:58:
Posted by leccyflyer on 29/06/2020 21:53:07:

I did used to go to the Woodvale shows, but didn't go to the World Championships in 1978. Also used to make an annual trip to the Model Engineering Exhibition - starting in the 70's with the school aeromodelling club but later on going with a few pals.

I only went to John Whites in St Helens a couple of times in the 90's - I guess that was the same shop that you are referring to? Many helicopters by the 90's.

The World Champs was the best event I have ever been to, it went on for 5 days and i went every day, think I must of been about 13 at the time.

Yes John Whites was the same shop, his father was Eric and you are correct it went mainly into helicopters(Vario)

Did you ever goto the shop in Hindley, it was run by a young lad called Martin above his fathers fruit and veg place, very near the council buildings?

Yes, I went to Hindley Model Centre a couple of times - bought a Nigel Hawes Hawk there, so that must have been post 2000.

29/06/2020 21:53:07

I did used to go to the Woodvale shows, but didn't go to the World Championships in 1978. Also used to make an annual trip to the Model Engineering Exhibition - starting in the 70's with the school aeromodelling club but later on going with a few pals.

I only went to John Whites in St Helens a couple of times in the 90's - I guess that was the same shop that you are referring to? Many helicopters by the 90's.

29/06/2020 18:23:23

Double post.

Edited By leccyflyer on 29/06/2020 18:24:05

29/06/2020 18:20:03
Posted by Stephen Rawsthorne 1 on 29/06/2020 13:31:24:
Posted by leccyflyer on 29/06/2020 13:03:25:

A while back I came across an old shopping list, which must be from the early 1970's - possibly 1973 - for Tony;s Models in Pemberton, referred to earlier. Looks like a trip to buy a Mercury Monarch control line kit and some bits, so maybe a birthday trip.

shoppinglist1973.jpg

It was Forshaws in Wigan too, not Forster - that was the name of my physics teacher!

Hi,

I thought the shop in Pemberton was Dave Claytons, it was above the news agents, is that the same shop?

It was called Toni's (or Tony's) and was on the ground floor, up near the Unit Four cinema, IIRC. I don;t know who the owner was- I was just a youngster then, nut as the list shows - bus into Wigan and then a bus out to Pemberton.

There's some confirmation of that online, which suggests that the shop you refer to upstairs might have been above JJBs sports?

Wigan World

29/06/2020 13:03:25

A while back I came across an old shopping list, which must be from the early 1970's - possibly 1973 - for Tony;s Models in Pemberton, referred to earlier. Looks like a trip to buy a Mercury Monarch control line kit and some bits, so maybe a birthday trip.

shoppinglist1973.jpg

It was Forshaws in Wigan too, not Forster - that was the name of my physics teacher!

Thread: What glues do you use?
29/06/2020 07:22:35

For general building with balsa and ply my preferred glue is Deluxe Materials Superphatic. I find it excellent when jigging up a joint and then hitting it with the glue, just like using CA.

I have a quite severe reaction to most CA adhesives - something I ignored this weekend, hence the streaming nose this morning - so for CA I usually rely on ZAP-O odourless foam safe superglue. The Toolstation thin CA I used at the weekend was excellent, but I'm suffering now.

For epoxy I'm a confirmed Z-POxy user, both the 30 minute and 5 minute varieties, but just recently I've been trying the Bob Smith 15 minute epoxy, which I've been impressed with.

One glue that I'm using much more now, for lots of applications is UHU-POR. I have always used it for depron and foam and found it excellent, but in the past few years I have been using it much more as a contact adhesive for all sorts of plastics, but also for battery straps, fixing velcro to fuselages etc. I used to use a smear of epoxy, but a smear of UHU POR works just as well and is much faster and less fuss.

For fixing canopies, if it has to be glued the RC Modeller's Glue (aka RC-56) is a must and on a few occasions I've also used specialist hinge glue. I've also occasionally used RC Fusion and Plastic Weld for ABS. I've thrown away countless tubes of gone off Gorilla Glue, without ever having actually used it.

Thread: Does anyone remember...
29/06/2020 07:09:52

When I started in the hobby my main model shop was Forsters in Wigan, opposite the market. A small but very well stocked model shop fairly typical of the 70's. Tony's Models in Pemberton was another shop that I used occasionally-at the time I felt it catered more to the radio flyer and I was still dabbling in free flight and control line My radio days started with a trip to The Manchester Model Shop in Deansgate, where I got my first radio model and Roland Scott;s in Walkden with the infamous Gem 1+1 radio set.. I vaguely recall a rare visit to Roy Lever's shop in Bolton, though that might have come later. Stan Catchpole's Model World in Hope Street in Liverpool was a big shop, and I did make a few special trips there, but by the time I had moved back to Liverpool my hobby was on sabbatical,

Starting back in the hobby in the 1990's I was lucky enough to have the fabulous Steve Webbs Models and Hobbies within walking distance -though I only walked there a couple of times, carrying a big kit up Frodsham Hill never appealed. My travels took me to many model shops around the country over the next 20 years, with notable examples being West London Models, Marionville Models in Edinburgh and Leeds Model Shop.

Nowadays the only real model shop within reach is Scoonies Hobbies in Kirkaldy, which is back to the small, but quite well stocked, traditional model shop, so I'm mostly online and internet shopping these days, plus classified, eBay and FB marketplace.

Thread: Warbirds Replicas P51 Mustang
28/06/2020 06:30:43

Mine will be a Mustang III in RAF colours, with the Malcolm hood.

Thread: Vinyl cutter
27/06/2020 22:33:41

I've had a Silhouette Cameo for some years as well, but it is very little used - mostly for cutting vinyl registration letters and I managed to get a very large roll of lovely matt light grey very thin vinyl which works beautifully.

The other thing I used it for was cutting instrument panel blanks from thin card, before I got my 3D printer. Went to print one today and I had completely forgotten how to use the software. Now that I've got my airbrush back up and running I hope to use it for paint masks too.

Thread: RCM&E July 2020 issue chat
27/06/2020 19:26:19

That's how I've cut litho Danny, score and then snap.

27/06/2020 17:34:41

Brilliant Danny - thanks very much.

27/06/2020 09:29:27

I think that Alex Whittaker's musings on workshop stuff has been a really interesting read in recent issues. With so many folks having spent so much more time in the workshop,over the spring due to enforced lack of flying, you would imagine that there might be renewed interest. I saw that Alex had appealed for reader's tales of their own workshop activities which again, I'd definitely find interesting.

The last special was centred around 7 rather similar simple sports model plan builds - maybe there is scope for something a bit more advanced on workshop techniques. Danny Fenton's how to articles on things like working with lithoplate, fibreglass techniques and other scale projects are among the first things that I read and can;t get enough of that.

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