[WWI] Struts & Glue & tupperware.

nick hamer hamerthehorrible at live.co.uk
Fri Jul 22 13:59:44 EDT 2011

I wonder... what's the long term effect of polythrene storage boxes (that of the tupper-ware type) on CA glued joints?D.
I certainly hope it's not ''sudden polythene induced CA catastrophic failure''. One day Im looking at the display case admiring the Sopwiths Bristols and Fokkers, when suddenly every model folds up with a crunching sproing. All at once. That would be bad.                 Cheers,                      Nick.  From: dfernet0 at rosario.gov.ar
To: wwi at wwi-models.org
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:09:07 -0300
Subject: Re: [WWI] Struts & Glue

I wonder... what's the long term effect of polythene 
storage boxes (that of the tupper-ware type) on CA glued joints?
BTW last weekend I "unearthed" an old in-progress Airfix 
Pup with extensive surface sanding that was stored in its box and inside a 
polythene bag. The plastic had yellowed and became brittle on its 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  nick hamer 
  To: wwi at wwi-models.org 
  Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 9:49 AM
  Subject: Re: [WWI] Struts & 

  Tom, I'll vouch for that retarding affect on the superglue when 
  put onto a soft plastic. I was up till 2.am. today re-attaching the top 
  wing of the Koster SSW D.III after the wing was sheared off in in it's storage 
  box- bad storage box! A few drops of superglue on a soft plastic 
  bottle lid was used to re-attach the struts and then there was a good few 
  seconds of pliability when the glue was put on the contact points of the 
  struts, just enough to get the positioniong correct and then I was able 
  to pop in the cabane struts. After attaching the struts I put a tiny drop 
  of Accellerator onto a bit of wire and use the wire to put a drop of 
  accellerator onto the attachment points and all was fixed. For some 
  reason, as you say, the soft polythene type plastic of the lid seems to 
  thicken the c.a. without drying it out totally and it remains workable for a 
  lot longer. It worked out for the best, because I had realised that I had 
  forgotten to drill the wings for the nylon thread rigging. Good news is I 
  may even finish a model 
  at last.

  Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:44:02 -0700
From: maiesm72 at att.net
  wwi at wwi-models.org
Subject: [WWI] Struts & Glue

        Michael Hendrix mentioned the problem with superglue when attaching 
        struts. The glue cures so fast that there isn't time to adjust the 
        I stumbled across a method to slow down the curing. Put a drop into 
        the plastic lid of a soda bottle. Wait for a few minutes then apply to 
        the strut and/or strut hole. There is something about the soft plastic 
        lid material that retards the hardening of the glue. When it's set to 
        your satisfaction hit it with a shot Zip Kicker.
        Let me know how it works for you.
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