Laser cut buildings.

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  1. Ron

    Ron Full Member

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    What is everybody's preferred adhesive when building a laser cut model?
    Just waiting for my first one to arrive!

    Ron
     
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    Jim Freight Full Member

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    Hi Ron, for my tuppence worth.

    I use Deluxe Materials Superphatic for light weight joints, a DIY wood glue for heavier joints in large parts, UHU occasionally when attaching paper, and a bit of cyano-acrylate for small parts particularly if they are plastic.

    Jim :)
     
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    For the wooden bits I use ordinary wood glue.Gorilla at present.
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Like Brian I use Gorilla (Yellow) glue.
    Also use clamps and 123 block to keep the square. I have seen Super glue and activator used to help hold in place while the wood glue dries.

    Paul
     
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  5. Ron

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    Thanks all, hurry up postman!
     
  6. Andy_Sollis

    Andy_Sollis Staff Member Moderator

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    What’s it made from?
    I’m presuming wood, but I have seen plastic and card.
     
  7. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    If the laser cut kits are cardboard, make sure you add enough gussets on the inside to keep the model square. Place gussets in the top and lower corners of the model and perhaps a few vertical gussets to keep it all upright. Laser cut cardboard kits do have a tendency to bow when they are painted, so I would also recommend painting the inside of the kit when you paint the exterior. ;)

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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  8. Ron

    Ron Full Member

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    Wood Andy..
     
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    I've only made two of them up, so I don't have a huge amount of experience with them but, for what it's worth, I used ordinary wood glue both times. Worked fine for me.
     
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    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    I have not made any Ron,
    But I would think a good Wood Glue / PVA would do the trick.
    I use PVA on card models, which you might as well say is a soft form of wood, and it works a treat and lasts for years.
    :tophat:Gormo
     
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    David Mitchell-Todd Full Member

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    For wooden laser kits I have always used ordinary PVA. I have just bought my first laser cut card kit and the instructions say use 'card glue'. For card kits I always use a Pritt stick. It is easy to use, doesn't soak into the card, fast setting, and small blobs for delicate parts can be dabbed on with a cocktail stick.
     
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