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Best glue for cardstock models
Posted by 611passenger on Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:54 AM

I'm going to take a stab at building an old cardstock model but I'm not sure what type of glue works best for this material. Any recommendations?

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Posted by owen w in california on Monday, June 25, 2018 2:47 PM

Hi 611: I have two heavy cardstock (.040/.060) N scale structures on my layout that I built over 40 years ago. At that point I would not have been particularly sophisticated in my glue choices.  I'm sure I used either good old Elmers or if I went really exotic, I would have used some wood glue.  Joel

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Posted by RR_Mel on Monday, June 25, 2018 5:00 PM

I really like Aleene’s Wood Glue for my wooden and card structures.  It sets up quickly and has good strength.  It’s fair on accepting light stains and it likes dark stains.  The price is right and available at most craft stores.
 
 
 
 
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Posted by 611passenger on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 1:06 AM

Thanks! Sounds like it's pretty straightforward 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 6:50 PM

Hello 611, and Welcome to the Model Railroader forums. Your first few posts are delayed by moderators, but that will end pretty quickly. Please stick with us.

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I use wood glue and add some 1/8" basswood strips for reenforcement. I do not use anything special.

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Have fun.

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Posted by bearman on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 3:24 AM

I second the basswood or balsa or even scrap styrene reenforcing strips.  Very important.

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Posted by NVSRR on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 8:45 AM

I second aleenes  it doesnt have much moisture like white glue either.   I also agree a frame work is important to keep eveything from warping

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Posted by 611passenger on Saturday, November 03, 2018 7:37 PM

Thanks everyone. I was pretty slow getting it done, but I had good results with Aleenes old-school tacky glue. The kit had some stripwood for reinforcements so I'm hoping it will retain its shape over time.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, November 19, 2018 12:54 AM

611passenger
I had good results with Aleenes old-school tacky glue.

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Aleen's Tacky Glue is also a great adhesive for gluing down Woodland Scenics foliage clusters.

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Really good stuff.

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-Kevin

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Posted by sandusky on Monday, November 19, 2018 6:40 AM

I thought in the old days they would've used Ambroid cement (likely no longer available). It was not water-based, I think, and therefore no danger of warping. I have no first hand experience using PVA glue (like elmer's or aleene's) on paper products, but I don't think I would recommend it. Even a tiny bit of liquid nails seems like a better choice, but there are other resources more specifically focused on cardstock construction that would have real-world experience to inform their opinion.

 

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Posted by gregc on Monday, November 19, 2018 6:47 AM

one feature of wood glue (e.g. Titebond) is that it softens with heat.

I've used this feature to bond balsa to curves (airplane wings).  coated both side and then heated after set and held temporarly as it cooled and set again.

this feature may be useful if trying to undo a glue seem.

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Posted by zstripe on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 9:36 AM

Over the yrs. I've used many types...starting with the old Ambroid wood glue when I built wood ships.......was waterproof. A few yrs. ago I started using Northeastern Flamingo glue, goes on pink drys clear. I've used it on wood alone and cardstock, matt board, poster board and illustration board laminated to white pine...excellent in all uses.....drys in 5 min.

https://www.northeasternscalelumber.com/shop/glue.html

Floor, white railing, stairs are styrene, the rest is wood:

Illustration board 1/16'' thick, laminated to white pine with same glue:

Take Care! Big Smile

Frank

 

 

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