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Aircraft Instrument “Glass”
Posted by RichE on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 8:45 AM

I was reading in recent issue about using Elmer's glue to create instrument glass. While shopping I found Elmer's CLEAR. A small dot off a toothpick settles and spreads into a crystal clear circle and several days later it is still flexible.  

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:15 PM

Nice!  I use Future for the instrument glass, but that Elmer's Clear product sounds good, too.  It reminds me of MicroScale's Krystal Klear.  I wonder if you could use that Elmer's product to make small windows, such as on a 1/72 scale aircraft, or the smaller windows on a 1/48 B-17, or something similar.

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Posted by wpwar11 on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:18 PM

I didn't know Elmers had a clear glue.  For this same technique I use Vallejo gloss varnish.  Bought it thinking I was going to use Vallejo paints but never did.  I'm going to have to try the Elmers.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, April 8, 2021 9:40 AM

I use a drop of Testors glosscoat.  I have a bottle of the stuff- comes in handy at times.  If the kit has an instrument decal, I often drill out the instrument holes in the plastic panel and just glue the instrument decal behind the panel, then put the drop of clear in the hole with a toothpick. It does not smear out because the panel hole restrains it.

Big advantage of glosscoat to me is the quick dry.

 

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:49 AM

I use Evostick wood glue for the same thing. And yes you can use it to make small windows. I have also used it for landing lights. Not completly clear but good enough.

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Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, April 8, 2021 8:51 PM

I also use Glosscote. Just a dab on the tip of a toothpick.

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Posted by dlh on Friday, April 9, 2021 7:51 AM

RichE

I was reading in recent issue about using Elmer's glue to create instrument glass. While shopping I found Elmer's CLEAR. A small dot off a toothpick settles and spreads into a crystal clear circle and several days later it is still flexible.  

 

On larger gauges, I use Bondic (hardened by UV led).  The key is to get just the right amount to achieve a level, or domed surface.  These are large gauges on the Mifistofele model.

https://media.fotki.com/2v2JMb1KhxBoFJC.jpg

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, April 9, 2021 8:05 AM

dlh

 

 
RichE

I was reading in recent issue about using Elmer's glue to create instrument glass. While shopping I found Elmer's CLEAR. A small dot off a toothpick settles and spreads into a crystal clear circle and several days later it is still flexible.  

 

 

 

On larger gauges, I use Bondic (hardened by UV led).  The key is to get just the right amount to achieve a level, or domed surface.  These are large gauges on the Mifistofele model.

https://media.fotki.com/2v2JMb1KhxBoFJC.jpg

 

 

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Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, April 10, 2021 10:16 AM

Wow!  That dash is stunning.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, April 10, 2021 10:19 AM

Hi;

 I was doing a lot of 1/24 Planes in paper. Using model car aftermarket bezels for the instruments and A product from Testors " Model Master " line called " Boyds Clear Coat".I would put in a drop or two, wait a day and put another layer on it and it looked just like the slightly domed effect that's shown on the Mephsistofele Dash that Don sent in the photo.

   

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Monday, July 26, 2021 10:07 AM

I use Gloss Mod Podge, easy to control, dries clear

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, July 26, 2021 12:15 PM

Another vote for the UV-curing resins. Crystal-clear, easy to use, and no sign of yellowing on some of my pieces that are 5+ yrs old.

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Posted by rob44 on Monday, July 26, 2021 6:13 PM

I have also been using the bondic type UV curing resin for PE. I think it is easier to handle and does a better job then CA.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 2:08 PM

All the above work well. Quick setting 5 minute epoxy is great too.

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Posted by jeffpez on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 2:24 PM

I just used Micro Kristal Klear yesterday and today the instrument panel looks fabulous.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 2:49 PM

jeffpez

I just used Micro Kristal Klear yesterday and today the instrument panel looks fabulous.

 



Yes The stuff is fantastic.

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