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What cement to use on 1/43rd scale white metal models?

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What cement to use on 1/43rd scale white metal models?
Posted by bigpaul on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:08 AM

I am building a 1/43rd scale Tameo Formula 1 white metal model.


What adhesive is everybody using on white metal?

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    April, 2013
Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:17 AM

It depends on the situation. If the piece is something which carries a lot of weight or bears structural stress, I will solder the assembly rather than relying on an adhesive. However, for most applications (particularly at this scale),  a 5 minute epoxy or standard CA glue works perfectly well to join parts together.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:34 AM


 I did a 1/43 Cobra with wire wheels many , many years ago . It even has opened doors and trunk . Plus positionable front wheels . I used C.A. Medium on all of it . It still looks good today .

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:24 AM

I find that gel CA is better to use than the regular (thin) CA, as it is gap filling, and can be used where gluing surfaces are not perfect fit.  It is a pain on a small metal model working the joining surfaces for that perfect fit.  I personally use Loctite's gel CA.


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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, January 12, 2018 9:52 AM

I would use CA glue

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, January 15, 2018 12:40 PM

I build white metal kits of figures.  I like to use 2-part epoxy or CA glue.  I'll use the epoxy on joins where there will be greater stress.  I'll pin joins, too, for additional strength, but that's probably not an option for you with this kit.

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, January 19, 2018 8:21 PM

I do everything the Baron suggests. It’s been a while so I haven’t used CA, but epoxy works well.

A question too is prep and priming.


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