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Cement for canopies

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Cement for canopies
Posted by dazzjazz on Sunday, January 9, 2022 12:44 AM

I have always used Tamiya Extra Thin Cement on canopies, but I have a canopy piece that is just refusing to stay put - what else should I use?

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, January 9, 2022 6:27 AM

Devcon 2 Ton Epoxy is what I use for canopies.  Strong, permanent bond, and absolutely will not fog a canopy...ever.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, January 9, 2022 8:08 AM

Elmer's Glue or any of the like,assuming your not posing it in the up position.

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Posted by OldRetiredEngineer on Sunday, January 9, 2022 11:03 AM

I always attach my canpoies "closed". 

If I'm going to attach before painting (styrene to styrene join) AND if the canopy frame is wide enough to preclude indavertant glue overruns, I'll use Testors liquid in the diamond-shaped black bottle.

Otherwise I have been using Evergreen Canopy Glue, similar to Elmer's. I dries clear, can be cleaned up with water and takes paint.

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Posted by wpwar11 on Sunday, January 9, 2022 12:47 PM

I always thought Tamiya extra thin will fog a clear canopy.

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Posted by dazzjazz on Sunday, January 9, 2022 6:17 PM

It's never done that to me. 

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Monday, January 10, 2022 6:49 AM

Right.  It's Super Glue (CA) that is guaranteed to fog your canopy.

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Posted by Monogram Madness on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 12:45 AM

Elmers works great and when used in the corners only it can be removed easily should you ever want to repostion etc. Dries clear. 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 7:59 AM

Promise not to laugh?

     My answer came at a time when two planes and two ships were on the long bench. The ships were and are paper. Adhesive? Aleens Tacky Glue in the dull Bronze or Smaller clear bottle. They were at hand.

       I used the Bronze bottle on one canopy and the Clear on the other. Will NEVER use any other Canopy adhesive except those two. Great stuff and will always dry clear and fill gaps too!

    Another point, When I was putting the Canopy on the 1/48 F-86, I let the Aleens set a little then took a wet finger and blended the glue between the Canopy and Fuselage together. Can't tell where glue is!

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 9:41 AM

I usually use Tamiya extra thin, and it won't fog. I also use Modpodge sometimes. And for those stubborn ones I will use Gorilla 5 min clear epoxy. Perfectly clear and won't fog either.


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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, February 17, 2022 11:09 AM

Yeah, CA glue gives off fumes as it cures, and it's the fumes that can etch clear styrene.

I use styrene cement, or white glue, depending more on immediate availablity (is it in reach?) and how easy or difficult it will be to apply the cement.

For styrene cement, I've used liquid cements, starting with Plastruct Weldene and Bondene, then graduating to Testor's in the odd-shaped black bottle, and finally to Tamiya Extra-Thin.  I also use Testor's styrene cement in the tubes.

I like to use white glue when there are gaps around the clear bits, to help fill those gaps.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, February 27, 2022 7:13 AM

Hi Baron;

       This is a pickup on the conversation about the Canopy glues. It is also a heads up to anyone that posted, myself included. I found one called G&S Hypo Cement. it's recommended for Jewelry, Beading, Hobbies, Watch Crystals, Optics, and Industrial Applications.

       It's made by G&S Supplies ( or at least marketed by them. )They are located in Rochester New York. I tried it on a A-10 canopy and was surprised. Despite the odor( disclaimer on the tube) it works well and dries clear!


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