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  • Member since
    February, 2016
Need some advice about gluing
Posted by lowfly on Sunday, June 16, 2019 8:11 AM

Hello fellow modelers...Newbie question...I am working on a 1/72 Italeri Spitfire and the fit of this kit is HORRIBLE.  I find i am having to hold parts with my hands where i would normally use tape or tweezers. 

The problem i am running into is due to my large hands, I leave the glue fingerprints and they are difficult to remove.  How can i prevent these from happening? Is there an easier way to remove them other than the sanding till your arm falls off method? 

I eagerly await your expert response.

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    April, 2005
Posted by ddp59 on Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:14 AM

wear latex gloves or fingerletts(sp?) which are latex fingers without the rest of the glove.have used both types when working on circuit boards for Celestica in the early 2000's.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:39 AM

I am curious what type of glue you are using? 

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:50 PM

I sometimes use latex gloves (as long as you're not allergic to them). They're cheap enough by the box in any drug store. There's also "latex free".

I use them when using my airbrush too. Makes hand cleanup a lot easier.

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  • From: Roanoke Virginia
Posted by Strongeagle on Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:59 PM

lowfly
How can i prevent these from happening?

Ahoy Lowfly,

As a non-newbie (50 years experience)  I would advise you to 1. be patient.  2. check the fit before going for the glue. 3. take your time (be patient again) 4. use your glue sparingly (just enough to get the job done). 5. use a fast acting liquid cement.  My favorite is Tamiya "Extra Thin" with the green top.

Just yesterday I got several glue fingerprints on my P-38 and yes, I had to hit them with sandpaper to make the prints go away.  I often find that swearing helps in the short term.

Good Luck and I hope your spitfire turns out OK.  I built an Italeri Spitfire IX a couple of months ago and had some unexpected issues with their decals not wanting to come off the paper smoothly.

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    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, June 16, 2019 1:50 PM

Strongeagle
As a non-newbie (50 years experience)  I would advise you to 1. be patient.  2. check the fit before going for the glue. 3. take your time (be patient again) 4. use your glue sparingly (just enough to get the job done). 5. use a fast acting liquid cement.  My favorite is Tamiya "Extra Thin" with the green top.

That is where I was going with what type of glue he is using. I follow the above as well and I seldom have the issue noted. I would add that for larger pieces I apply glue in sections, not all at once. When using Tamiya and the applicator that comes with it, you can apply glue sparingly, and exactly where you want it.

If you are not familiar with this type of cement, it is important to note that you can apply the glue along the join from the outside of the piece. Capilary action draws the cement along the join, and any cement that gets on the outside of the piece dries fast enough to where very little damage is done.

Since my return to the hobby I find Tamiya Liquid Cement is my favorite change from the old days of using tube glue. Next to that is the advent of sanding sticks, both are a must have in my work flow.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, June 16, 2019 2:14 PM

Yeah, that's an interesting question!

But generally - use less glue and apply it only to the right spots, that should do the trick. Of course it's easier said than done. I, for myself, use lacquer thinner for glue and I'm applying it from a fingernail-lacquer bottle, using the cap-mounted brush that was originally with the bottle, just cut down a little bit. Or sometimes I replace the brusch that came with the bottle with a micro-brush given to me by my dentist, the biggest size works best here.

Hope it helps - good luck with your builds and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:14 PM

Another+ for tamiya thin.  Also look at clamping/taping/ rubber banding parts until glue dries. If you glue between the bands/tape, then glue those spots after tape/bands come off, you can avoid most prints.

  • Member since
    February, 2016
Posted by lowfly on Sunday, June 16, 2019 7:51 PM

I use the Tamiya Extra Thin quick set (Green Lid)  I usually do glue sections at a time to avoid fitment issues but this kit is HORRIBLE when it comes to fitment. Will NOT ever build another Itailari kit again.  This issue is that instead of the tape, rubber bands or clamps that i normally use....I have to hold the pieces with my hands to get the fit proper and i have large, meathooks for hands.  

I suppose i will have to learn patience and take my time.  Thanks for all the advice.  I have gotten good at removing the offending fingerprints and i will try the gloves.  Being an EMT may yet pay off for me......lol

 

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