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Nicky Strahan07/12/2018 15:08:14
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Gorilla wood glue, Gorilla glue, Zap 15 minute epoxy and Screwfix Mitre Bond (medium CA + kicker).

PeterF07/12/2018 19:43:33
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As a serious builder, I got quite surprised when I thought about this and listed them all out.

Vitalbond cyano in super thin, thin, medium and thick varieties for traditional building plus foam safe for indoor stuff. Vitalbond because my local Boyes sells it and it works well, better than the cheap Blue Spot brand they have.

Deluxe Materials Tricky Stick is used from time to time to aid the adhesion of cyano to non wetting plastics.

Deluxe Materials Superphatic for putting wings and stringer type fuselages together because I prefer this to cyano as it leaves the joints with a little give rather than a brittle cyano joint. Brilliant stuff. There was a thread on this recently. I used it on my quarter scale Tiger Moth and that has held together well.

Deluxe materials Speedbond PVA, this is my general white glue for most balsa building jobs, although I do also use Titebond Aliphatic if I have an exposed joint line that will need sanding.

Deluxe Materials RC Modellers canopy glue.

Zap Z-Poxy epoxy in 5, 15 and 30 minute varieties.

Gorilla Glue, the original expanding PU glue from time to time, I wish it could be bought in 5ml capsules as even the 60ml often goes off in the bottle before I have used much of it.

UHU Por for indoor stuff.

Silicone sealant for gluing on some motor cowls / canopies that do not normally need removing, but need to come off for motor access where screws can not be used, these days rare earth magnets would be an alternative.

Pinflair silicone glue (from my wife's crafting stuff) for gluing servos or other objects in places, this has much less flexibility that silicone sealant and provides a stronger bond that is more difficult to break if need be.

Denis Watkins09/12/2018 15:56:03
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Posted by SONNY MONKS on 06/12/2018 18:37:02:

Epoxy-i like the devcon 30 min,marks on the sides of the bottles,allows accurate measures,cyano,zapp medium,and pva,just the standard,always been okay for scratchbuilding,uhu por for foam,whatever happened to balsa cement,is this still available!

Humbrol Balsa Cement is still available on eBay

And its fast drying properties are very useful for holding things in place, while your favourite glue is still drying in stress points

Also, for quick 3D modelling, balsa cement is ideal eg chuck gliders at events

maurice northcott09/12/2018 17:29:10
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Balsa cement: Uhu Hart

PVA: Vitalbond Westbury Express - dries hard and enables it to be sanded if necessary unlike some PVA that dry "rubbery"

Epoxy: Z Poxy or Devcon depending on availability in LHS

Superglue: Usually Zap or anything available in the LHS

The balsa cement and PVA I obtain from Pegasus Models (Norwich) by Mail Order.

Old Geezer21/01/2019 20:07:19
575 forum posts

I see that no-one has mentioned 'no more nails' which seems to be a sort of quick grab white glue - I would much prefer to learn from someone else's mistakes rather my own ( much cheaper too ) - has anyone tried NMN, in particular for joining wings - as in balsa to balsa or foam to foam? Otherwise it's back to the 30 minute epoxy.

edgar21/01/2019 22:53:15
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I have used NMN in the past to fix a foam cored wing, I stopped using it because Gorilla Glue and Uhu Por seem better. The NMN seemed to work OK though.

Stearman6521/01/2019 23:38:11
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893 photos

I have used Poundlands cyano, they did one in a plastic bottle & one in a lead/metal tube. The plastic bottle version is best, I just got my fingers full of the other one today, you cant regulate the pressure on the lead tube & it's either feast or famine. Cheap too.

leccyflyer22/01/2019 00:17:16
1207 forum posts
297 photos

Deluxe Materials Superphatic for balsa

UHU-Por for depron and foam

Z-Poxy 5 minute and 30 minute epoxy for ply, foam, hardwood

ZAP-O CA for foam, and balsa, and CF, fibreglass etc - can't really use ordinary CA - the Rocket odourless is a decent alternative, also with microballoons for fillets.

Deluxe Materials Cover grip for covering preparation and repairs.

Deluxe Materials RC Modeller's Glue for canopies.

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