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Old 08-19-2020, 12:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to reattach a broken wing?

Well, after many successful purchaces, my luck ran out with this Aviation200 Blue Angels C-130. Was super excited to get one finally, but looks like the DHL Customs folks wanted to inspect it and didn't care about handling. Any tips on how to salvage it, if at all? I'm afraid that the wing may be too heavy for just regular white glue. Anyone face this challenge before?

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Old 08-19-2020, 07:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have had great luck with gorilla superglue and use it for heavier parts on my aircraft including some wings and have been very happy with it. Just be very careful not to get it on any other parts.
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I would still try white glue first and use something stronger if needed.
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Old 08-19-2020, 01:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My recommendation would be super glue.

1. Scrape off the paint from the contact points where the glue will bond.
2. Do a dry fit to ensure the parts join together with minimal seam and there are no excess pieces of diecast that might cause a gap.
3. Use a toothpick to apply the super glue.
4. apply glue to both parts that will make contact
5. Hold the two parts together for at least 120 seconds to ensure the glue bonds, and ensure the wing is applied straight.

CAUTION: be very careful not to apply too much, otherwise the glue can ruin the paint and leave a white haze surrounding the areas where glue was applied.

BTW, cool find! I am still looking for a 1/200 Fat Albert. I asked Capt Katie Higgins at a Wings Over Houston airshow why she didn't fly Bert, and she explained about structural damage, that eventually led to the Blue Angels receiving a new Fat Albert with a new paint scheme.

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Old 08-19-2020, 01:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nah skip the weak white glue kid stuff! Use superglue as that mounting surface is as big as the side of a barn, unless you're Stevie Wonder! Please show us pics after the repair!
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Default Re: How to reattach a broken wing?

Superglue is likely too brittle for that kind of repair. You're better off using a two-part epoxy like this:



It won't leave that white haze that was mentioned with superglue either.
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Is it a plastic model or diecast?

If it is a plastic material like PS or ABS, then I would use PLASTRUCT. I have used it extensively on my buildings and structures for my rail road layout. Now, this is pretty strong bond which actually welds the parts. Most recently I used it on a nose landing gear repair on a Lufthansa Modell Edition plane.. Worked perfectly...If it is metal, then the plastruct thing won’t work...
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Old 09-04-2020, 07:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Sorry to interject in your conversation, lads, this thread just happen to catch my eye.

I believe the only safe way is to drill one (better two) holes, use metal pins and then fix the wing with two-component epoxy. Wings are heavy, it is a key supporting structure.
Only glue / epoxy might not be sufficient. Manus know well why they attach the wings via those tabs and not only with glue.

(When drilling into the fuselage, I wouldn´t use excessive force/pressure - just to be on the save side - to avoid pressing the broken tab into the fuselage by any chance.)

Just my opinion ...
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I fully agree with that.

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