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Temporary Holding

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  • Member since
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  • From: Seattle area
Temporary Holding
Posted by Chevy II on Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:07 AM

What do you guys use to temporarily attach a piece that you are needing to hold in place for mock up? Something that will let you easily remove the piece without damaging it.

Elmer's glue?

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, February 3, 2019 9:25 AM

I use poster tack putty.

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Posted by Plowboy on Sunday, February 3, 2019 10:27 AM

Elmer's Glue usually. If I need something stronger, I'll use a touch of crazy glue.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, February 4, 2019 7:48 AM

I also use mostly Elmer's glue, sometimes great gobs of it to lock everything in place when mocking up entire chassis assemblies. It takes a while to dry so I let it set up at least overnight if I've used a lot, while attending to other parts of the build. Though I use Elmer's (it's just what I happen to have), I think Aleene's Tacky Glue, which is a similar product, may be the better choice. When my Elmer's runs out, Aleene's what I will be replacing it with.

I also use Micro Scale Liquid Microtape, which is a thin glue that allows you to remove and reposition a part numerous times. You apply it to one surface and let it dry until tacky before attaching parts. The glue is supposed to be removable with water afterwards, though I have found it is not that easy to remove.

There is another product I picked up, though the name escapes me right now. It is like a small container of tacky wax from which small dabs are used to temporarily stick parts together. It too is supposed to be water soluable and easily cleaned up with water, but I have found that it is not at all easily washed away.

Masking tape and elastics of various sizes are worth keeping around for mocking up purposes as well.

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    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, February 4, 2019 7:05 PM

I feel like a broken record everytime this question comes up. 

I have found no better mock up glue than Laser Bond glue.

just recently, I put together an entire Ford engine (20+ parts)in a matter of less than five minutes, and broke it down in less than a minute.

there is no drying time with laser bond.

it sets with a UV light source in a matter of seconds.

No sitting around waiting for glue to dry.

There is really no comparison to other glues in this respect.

If there is a quicker setting glue out there, and one that can be broken down as completely and quickly, I would really like to know about it. 




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    November 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 5:09 PM

I use a very small piece of Blu-Tack, like putty.


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