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Robin Etherton14/05/2020 11:57:03
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Being an old time modeller I was brought up on the smell of balsa cement and although I use most of the modern adhesives I still prefer building with balsa cement when I can.

Getting a bit low on UHU hart and traditional balsa cements I trawled the Internet to stock up. What a shock!

I know I haven’t bought any since the Nationals last year but crickey!
Expensive or what!

Poundland to the rescue again.

60ml of general purpose adhesive for a quid!

Not quite the same as balsa cement but its colourless, dries reasonably quickly and give a very strong bond.

Sorted for a fraction of the price.

Robin

Ray Wood 414/05/2020 19:12:14
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Hi Robin,

Yes Poundland cyano & 5 min epoxy is all I use these days, but I still buy balsa cement, no real substitute in my mind 😄 damn the expense !

Regards Ray

Peter Jenkins14/05/2020 20:44:02
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These days balsa cement, if used for some time, irritates my lungs. Cyano is even worse so I only use that wearing a mask. I've just started using aliphatic glue and that is odourless and dries farily fast. Faster than PVA but not as fast as balsa cement. All glues seem to be expensive these days but that's because we need so much of it now with larger models.

Robin Etherton14/05/2020 20:52:30
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Never used aliphatic. Must give it a try

Ray you are right I guess I am too tight!

David perry 115/05/2020 08:23:31
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Not having used balsa cement for a long time I too trawled the web but it seems there are many brands . Is there balsa cement and balsa cement or are all brands much of a muchness?

D

Robin Etherton15/05/2020 09:28:47
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Dave,

In my humble opinion much of a muchness.

some people swear by Ambroid, my personal preference is UhU hart in a 135g tube.

The all purpose glue I mention above is becoming my favourite, but it doesn't have the intoxicating smell of balsa cement.

Robin

Ray Wood 415/05/2020 09:28:55
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Hi David,

Like Robin, I have been using UHU Hart balsa cement for years because it comes in big tubes and they have an applicator & cap

I also use it for boat building as its waterproof & sands well.

Regards Ray

 

Edited By Ray Wood 4 on 15/05/2020 09:29:43

Robin Etherton15/05/2020 09:44:58
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David,

Exactly, but it's just so expensive and difficult to source at a good price.

David perry 115/05/2020 09:47:08
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Thanks guys.

I always used to use the stuff but as time went on and the models became bigger, usual story. But having just built a WW Sapphire for RC conversion and I still used cyano and white glue I started wondering why I wasnt building it the old way. I never had structural failures as a kid from my rubber models... I suppose its laziness...I have the pva and cyano, so...

I might try some balsa cement ext model on the board though.

Thanks again

d

Robin Colbourne15/05/2020 13:06:58
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Not having used UHU Hart balsa cement, can someone please confirm, if I take a used tube and position it over a candle, whether or not I will get a jet of flame from the nozzle and the tube bursting open at the other end with a satisfying bang?
Asking for a friend... wink

Robin Etherton15/05/2020 15:14:08
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Must try that!

John Tee15/05/2020 15:55:07
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Sussex Model Centre do 24 gramme Humrol; at £3.35 or Uhu Hart 35 gramme at £2 .85. not sure how the size tube compares.

John

Robin Etherton15/05/2020 16:37:19
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Hi John

That's a small tube, sadly doesn't last five minutes and plus the postage comes back to cost again.

Thanks for the info though.

Ray Wood 416/05/2020 15:46:59
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Hi Robin,

This is the 35gram size, I bought a couple of these tubes from TJD models mail order they are fine for small balsa models, I have built a KK Invader sticks & tissue, I would normally use Gorilla pva wood glue for bigger stuff, it's horses for courses at the end of the day 😄 regards Rayimg_20200516_153451.jpg

Robin Etherton16/05/2020 18:06:52
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Ray

35g £3 plus postage for uhu hart.

60ml(g) uhu all purpose £1 local pick up.

A no brainer(Except for the lack of that gorgeous Smell)

Ray Wood 416/05/2020 19:23:12
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Hi Robin,

Cheap is good, but all purpose is contact glue for £1 never sets hard like balsa cement it stays flexible and sands like rubber 😕

Happy gluing anyway 😄I

This won't fall apart balsa cement for all of it only £3 good value + the great smell.img_20200507_164437.jpg

Regards Ray

Robin Etherton16/05/2020 20:09:39
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Point taken Ray but it works for me.

To be honest not noticed its rubberyness.

I just cannot bring myself to pay over £14 for 135g

Robin Etherton17/05/2020 10:29:19
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After having slept on it Ray’s comments in the above post have made me change my mind.

Hang the cost have ordered 2 tubes of 35g uhu hart on Amazon for £7.83 delivered.

Thanks guys for preventing me going over to the dark side.

Will still use the all purpose glue for parts where sanding is not involved.

David perry 117/05/2020 10:35:11
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Posted by Robin Etherton on 17/05/2020 10:29:19:

After having slept on it Ray’s comments in the above post have made me change my mind.

Hang the cost have ordered 2 tubes of 35g uhu hart on Amazon for £7.83 delivered.

Thanks guys for preventing me going over to the dark side.

Will still use the all purpose glue for parts where sanding is not involved.

Its cheap compared to cyano

Robin Etherton17/05/2020 11:04:01
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Ah Dave there I must disagree.

Poundland cyano four or five 20g packs for a pound has got to be the best buy going.

Doesn't seem to go off as quick as some and over many models performs just as good if not better.

Just wish they did balsa cement.

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