[WWI] laminating propellors

Douglas Anderson djandersonza at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 26 06:08:15 EDT 2007

I cannot vouch for the truth, but I heard that CA was devised during the Vietnam war to stick together broken soldiers. Being somewhat clumsy, if this is true, I am definate proof. That being the case, I cannot imagine that they would allow it if it had had any harmful side-effects. Still, use common sense; make sure you are in a well ventilated place. 
Michael Kendix <mkendix at hotmail.com> wrote:
  Not quite certain what you're saying. I presented 3 possible solutions.

CA's not a new chemical - in fact it was used in Vietnam, as was Agent 
Orange, and I couldn't find a study demonstrating organ damage etc. due to 
long term effects of CA. Nobody has a real incentive to protect its 
reputation since it's way out of patent. Like I said, use it in limited 
amounts and take precautions.

Of course, evidence has suggested Agent Orange has harmful effects. However:

1. This is not true of CA to the same extent.
2. Nobody uses Agent Orange in modeling (I think).

Limited use of CA in a well-ventilated hasn't been shown to be harmful. If 
you have a reaction to it, stop using it.


>From: "Stephen Auslender" 
>Reply-To: World War I Modeling Mailing List 
>To: "World War I Modeling Mailing List" 
>Subject: Re: [WWI] laminating propellors
>Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 20:18:26 -0400
>I am not saying you should live in a bubble.
>But I still say one should use a whole lot of protection when using these 
>new chemicals.
>Look at Agent Orange, for example. The physical problems from exposure to 
>that chemical are coming out now. Lots of bad effects. I will not go into 
>the details but they are well documented.
>Sure I trust the assurances of the large corporations and institutions, 
>just like I trust the assurances of the tobacco companies.
>Use the CA and other chemicals.
>I do.
>But protect yourself.
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Kendix" 
>Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 5:15 PM
>Subject: Re: [WWI] laminating propellors
>>>From: "Stephen Auslender" 
>>>Question to all, How many years do you think this constant use of CA will 
>>>take off your life?
>>Probably not that many, if any. I found no evidence on adverse impacts of 
>>long-term exposure. And we're talking about modelers here who are using 
>>this stuff for maybe a couple of hours a week.
>>>I work with all sorts of resins, polyesters, epoxies, glues (like CA) 
>>>because I am a sculptor.
>>That stuff can be harmful.
>>>In warm weather I work outdoors - with a face mask that has two filters 
>>>on the sides (not that silly painter's mask that does nothing but lighten 
>>>your wallet).
>>Right - full respirator.
>>>Well, I started modeling at age 4 (during WW2) and began painting, 
>>>indoors, with the old paints and glues and I now have a problem with 
>>>shortness of breath. I wonder why?
>>Well, it's hard to say because it's not a controlled experiment
>>I know some folks have a bad time with CA but there are at least 3 
>>possible solutions:
>>1. Ventilation and maybe wear a respirator.
>>2. Odorless CA
>>3. Limit use
>>Note also, that CA was used early on with a medical purpose. In the 
>>Vietnam War, they used it to seal lacerated organs - it's hard to stich a 
>>liver or kidney. The results were first rate. Prolonged exposure effects 
>>are hard to measure though.
>>If it makes you sick, don't do it and try to not use it too much. 
>>Otherwise, live your life in a plastic bubble without alcohol, tobacco, 
>>knives, red meat, running with scissors etc., etc.
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