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Old 08-09-2018, 08:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Loose Model Parts - What's Your Solution?

I have tried methods, short of permanent gluing, of affixing loose fitting parts to stay onto a diecast model...such as tiny pieces of double stick tape or those glue dots that are often used when separating you new credit card from the card paper backing.

Permanent gluing is out of the question...snap snap snap landing gear, antennas, armament loadouts etc...when you try to close the quasi vacuum formed clear clamshell packaging around the model when re-boxing for storage.

In further searching.... I recently came across this temporary adhesive shown below. The directions/instructions online mentions you can brush on a thin layer and it's stickiness is reusable.

https://www.aleenes.com/aleenes-tack-it-over-and-over

I don't have this product yet although I may purchase to use it unless of course someone here has tried it and can review it.

Otherwise...What's your favorite tried and true solution?

Sometimes models are like a house of cards...in that you slightly move a model on display...and loose parts start falling off everywhere.

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Old 08-09-2018, 10:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would be interested to hear how you go BB; I urgently need to add extra shelves to my cabs, having long since run out of horizontal space, and while I have plenty of room to mod extra shelves in I am daunted by the effort taking all those models out then repositioning then all will take.

In large part it’s the parts you’re talking about and their tendency to fall off if you do much as look at them too hard which I am dreading...

There’s no way I can avoid it, but if I can take the opportunity to resolve the dandruff effect for further reorganisations it would be awesome
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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BB, I use white-glue as a temporary adhesive on diecast models. It’s very mild, and any residue can be removed with a q-tip and water.
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Default Re: Loose Model Parts - What's Your Solution?

For parts on the model, Blu Tak, don’t have to wipe up any glue afterwards if I need to store or sell it.

As for loose parts in the box, I take them out and put in little baggies.

Just be careful when referring to Elmer’s as “white glue”, it has an entirely different meaning on other forums.
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I use blue tac, easy to remove and leaves no marks.
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I use blue tac, easy to remove and leaves no marks.

Blu-tac for me too. I think the white glue discussed it pretty good too. You often can peel it off, as opposed to wiping it off, is my understanding.
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Go to the local craft store and pick up some clear urethane glue (Liquid Fusion is one brand) if you want a fairly strong and non-permanent bond. It can be cleaned up with water or isopropyl alcohol before it cures (the water will actually speed the cure).
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It can be cleaned up with water or isopropyl alcohol before it cures (the water will actually speed the cure).

Urethane glue may be a wonderful product, but be careful with the alcohol. Took the paint clean off of an HM Skyraider while I was trying to "defog" its canopy. Had to repaint parts of the canopy frame and cockpit/fuselage. Left me wondering if HM uses oil-based or acrylic paints.
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