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Rookie question re cockpits
Posted by Sgenest on Monday, October 25, 2021 12:47 AM

I'm ready to install the cockpit / flight deck / bomb rack on a 1/72 B17. In doing a fit check everything fits and aligns nicely

to the locators on the right fuselage. When I put the left one in place it solidly locks the cockpit into position, so well in fact I'm wondering if I should glue? 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, October 25, 2021 1:45 AM

Glue to the locators, and tape the fuselage together and make sure the cockpit is it the right position.  Wait to dry, remove the tape and cary on.  

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, October 25, 2021 3:41 AM

keavdog

Glue to the locators, and tape the fuselage together and make sure the cockpit is it the right position.  Wait to dry, remove the tape and cary on.  

 

Ditto Deffinetly glue, don't chance it.

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, October 25, 2021 5:54 AM

Another vote for gluing it in place.  It will give you a more solid model, rather than one that creaks, squeaks, and groans when you handle it.

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Posted by Sgenest on Monday, October 25, 2021 8:44 AM
Thank you all…I appreciate it. It’s great to have this resource for guidance
  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, October 25, 2021 8:45 AM
Yes,Glue it

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, October 25, 2021 9:15 AM

Oho! Good question!

 Like everyone else I vote for gluing it in place!

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, October 25, 2021 10:00 AM

Glue- but...

What kind of glue are you using?

CA will permanently fog up any clear plastic within several inches (or more in a closed fuselage).

So if you have already installed the windows or turrets, be sure to use solvent glue only.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    July 2021
Posted by Sgenest on Monday, October 25, 2021 1:36 PM

Got it. Thanks

  • Member since
    March 2005
  • From: West Virginia, USA
Posted by mfsob on Sunday, October 31, 2021 6:31 PM

If you don't glue it, something WILL come loose. Usually the night before you enter it in a contest. And it will fall into an awkward part of the aircraft and be totally visible from the outside.

And don't ask me how I know that.

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