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« on: 25 November 2018, 07:41:44 PM »

Help needed.  I have a fair pile of pieces to put together for my Boer War forces.

I have found it necessary to drill out some of the wheel hubs, but am having difficulty in getting the wheels to attach.  Superglue just doesn’t seem to give a strong enough bond due to the small area of contact (or perhaps my Zap-A-Gap is going off?).

My other thought is to use an epoxy glue and use blu-tak to hold the pieces in position while it hardens, but this could take an enternity to do all the pieces.

Any other suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: 25 November 2018, 08:19:07 PM »

I dip the axle in baking powder before putting on the wheel.

Works a treat.

A tip I learned from this forum.
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« Reply #2 on: 25 November 2018, 08:24:30 PM »

I use a big block of Plasticine to hold bits in place whilst gluing
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« Reply #3 on: 25 November 2018, 08:25:33 PM »

Can't be as bad as MM chariots! Average 15mm a chariot to assemble, then another 15 to reassemble...  At wits' end
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« Reply #4 on: 25 November 2018, 09:04:09 PM »

Sometimes the hub needs a quick drill or the axles need a snip to remove any flash.  I place the gun on blu-tac or plasticine to hold the wheels in place while the glue dries, like the guys above.
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« Reply #5 on: 25 November 2018, 10:10:51 PM »

A few granules of bicarb of soda will cause superglue to set almost instantly. I find that helps with things that otherwise need held, supported or clamped.
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« Reply #6 on: 25 November 2018, 10:39:44 PM »

Many thanks.  Time to raid the baking cupboard!
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« Reply #7 on: 25 November 2018, 10:49:15 PM »

In such cases I use superglue, then add a dab or two of epoxy when it's assembled.
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« Reply #8 on: 25 November 2018, 10:57:51 PM »

Yep, baking powder and bit of super glue gel to 'weld' the joint after. When glued to a base they don't go anywhere.
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« Reply #9 on: 25 November 2018, 11:36:52 PM »

OK, going to go for the superglue and baking soda formula.  What type of glue is best suited: thin or a medium gel?
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« Reply #10 on: 27 November 2018, 09:55:15 AM »

I'll have to try the baking soda trick

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« Reply #11 on: 27 November 2018, 05:28:29 PM »

Be careful.

I told Techno about baking soda and superglue and he spent three days stuck to a Victoria sponge.


It does work rather well. Can't remember who it was put it on the Forum first, but thanks to them.
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« Reply #12 on: 28 November 2018, 01:53:52 PM »

Be careful.

I told Techno about baking soda and superglue and he spent three days stuck to a Victoria sponge.


It does work rather well. Can't remember who it was put it on the Forum first, but thanks to them.

I'm rather partial to Victoria sponge, so that wouldn't be too much of a hardship but I keep your warning in mind thanks

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« Reply #13 on: 28 November 2018, 04:28:46 PM »

I had to use a pumice stone to get rid of the final bits of 'stuff'.

Still hasn't healed properly.

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« Reply #14 on: 28 November 2018, 04:31:52 PM »

For artillery, I find that I have to glue the wheels to the base at the same time as the gun carriage is glued, this gives the extra stability for the few seconds needed to get everything going off, but also needs tweezers to ensure that everything is straight while it does go off, otherwise you end up with wonky wheels.
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