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Best glue for cardstock models

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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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-Kevin

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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.

Bear "It's all about having fun."

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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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