Depending on your type of model there are a number of choices
when it comes to gluing a model. All are available at a local
Professional wood glue works best for wood, Franklin or
Elmer's brand. These types works especially good for wood that
has been wetted to allow for bending. A builder can also use thicker grades of CA glue or Epoxy.
models, wood and R/C
or CA glue is the choice for builders when assembling deck
parts and details. The glue comes in three different grades of
thickness. How thick of a grade to use depends on what you are
is used for most initial assembly and tack gluing. It
dries in a few seconds.
filling) is used for surface gluing, filling
small gaps between parts and general purpose applications.
It cures slower in about 20 - 30 seconds.
Thick CA can
be used when extra positioning time is needed. The
thick type works well as a gap filler and is also used
when a little extra strength is required.
*The glue puts off strong fumes when curing, work in a
well ventilated area
Epoxy is used when the joint requires exceptional
strength, such as when installing engine mounts, shafts, or other parts
that will vibrate or become wet. You mix equal parts of resin
and hardener, stir well, then apply a thin film to each part
epoxy is used for simple, small gluing operations
where elaborate alignment is not required. Working time is about 5 minutes,
handling time 15 minutes, and it's fully cured in about 1
30 - 60+ minute
epoxy is used for extra strength (because it can penetrate
longer) and where several parts must be aligned and checked
before it cures.
extra hardener in the hopes of making the mixture harder or
work faster. Just about all epoxies work best with exactly a
50/50 mix. When you increase the amount of hardener you run
the risk of causing the cured epoxy to become either brittle
or rubbery -- neither being as strong as a properly mixed