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types of glues
Posted by smitherreen on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:55 AM

I am working on a 1/16 scale 1933 Minicraft caddy. I am to the point of attaching all the delicate lights, door handles, and trim. Are there any special glues you use versus others for these applications?

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:47 AM

It may be too late in the process now, but the cleanest way to install small bits to painted body is by drilling and pinning the parts. This way the parts can be glued from inside the body, making the joint perfectly clean and strong. In many cases this can still be done at final assembly by working carefully, but pre-planning and preparing the parts (drilling the holes, making the pins, etc) is best done early in the build.

The next strongest will be model cement, but it of course requires removal of paint and chrome at the joint. CA works well and does not need the paint/chrome removed from the joint, but needs some surface preperation in terms of a contact face between the joined parts, and then there is the fogging thing.

Epoxy glue may be the best bet. It won't fog and does not need the paint/chrome removed from the joint, and it is strong and clear. You will still be well served by creating the best joint face (contact surface between the mating parts) possible.

Hope this helps. Perhaps someone will chime in with better info.

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Posted by smitherreen on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:57 AM

Thanks, Trevor.

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Posted by littletimmy on Friday, February 22, 2019 8:53 PM

Well .......

If I were to go by the title to this thread ......


I just had too......

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage.

   Soon to be on the bench...







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Posted by TerryB on Sunday, February 24, 2019 6:55 PM

I just did a video and posted it tonight about using a Jewel glue to install chrome parts, it also works great fro clear parts

check it out here -


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