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Gluing glass on helo?

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Gluing glass on helo?
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 29, 2003 12:33 PM
I've been workin' on a Kiowa all weekend ( since Thursday) and now the great question arises! The fit around the front wind screen is horrible on this MRC Kiowa. Everything is painted and ready for final assembly but there is huge gap at the top of the doors. The only possible solution I can think of to "pull everything together" is Super Glue but I'm sure it's going to "craze" the edges of the glass. Will Future actually cover up or hide the craze? Elmers works great as long as you've got a good fit but this gap is way to wide for white glue.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 29, 2003 1:37 PM
Super glue will fog the clear parts. I have future coated clear parts and that prevented fogging. Hope this helps.

Mark
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Posted by Cobrahistorian on Saturday, November 29, 2003 1:57 PM
Pathfinder,

I've used super glue gel around the gaps on my Cobra canopies and it has worked well with no fogging or crazing. Use VERY small amounts, wait till it dries and then add more to build it up. Also, masking it with scotch tape should help (just don't get the super glue on the tape!). Good luck and let us know how it comes out!
"1-6 is in hot"
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 29, 2003 3:41 PM
I appreciate the respones. I've started an experiment using 2 part epoxy on a couple pieces of scrap clear material. I don't recall anyone complaining about 2 part epox. crazing the glass. I'm goin to give it the olg college try!
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, November 30, 2003 3:30 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by markiii

Super glue will fog the clear parts. I have future coated clear parts and that prevented fogging. Hope this helps.

Mark


I like this idea, I've been trying to figure out how to get the windows on my batmobile without fogging. I'll try this on a cessna kit I'm doing a plane crash dio of. That way if there's a problem, it won't do much damage.

How many coats did you use?

DonAlien [alien]
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Posted by oldhooker on Sunday, November 30, 2003 11:10 AM
If a piece of transparency isn't matching up as it's suppose to, and repairing it risk messing up the entire project, or causing a pile of extra work, I will fabricate my OWN transparency's using the thin clear plastic tops from Greeting Card Boxes.

One can even use the "bad" piece as a vacuform mold for a *slightly larger* replacement part. While trimming the new part to it's regulation size, leave a couple excess pieces of the plastic, to make glue tabs, and avoid the danger of clouding altogether.


(plus, if you've already completed the finish and don't want to risk messing it up, this method works great!)
Frank

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 12, 2003 4:47 PM
Maybe you guys are way ahead of me, but I have found product by Testors, "Clear Parts cement and Window Maker. Its actually quite good and you can make windows with it. It takes patience, but that's a modelers virture, correct. I bought the product at a local hobby shop here on Guam, but I'm sure its around. Hope I'm not too off-base with my suggestion. It worked great for the large bubble on my collection of Bell 47's..EricCool [8D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 12, 2003 8:15 PM
Well, I finished the Kiowa a week or so ago and it was far not the best windshield job I've ever done. The door frames on the kit were so warped that it took super glue to attach the door posts to the windshield. Unfortunately my patience didn't let me wait for the Future. It helped get rid of the fogging and I can still repair the glass later. All in all I'd give the results about a seven. I'll get some Testors windshield glue or try the Future trick before assembly next time. Still got two Cobras and a UH-60 to go.
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