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Old 05-09-2003, 09:13 AM
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I'm going to start construction of my first scratch built 1/4 scale plane this coming Fall. The question I have is whether it is necessary to use any glues other than CA and epoxy. I've heard that some build their airframes with carpenter's glue. Is this a good idea?

Old 05-09-2003, 12:14 PM
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I am currently building the 35% Hurley Extra. I am using mostly medium CA and Epoxy. I am using the Epoxy in all the high stress areas. Also, I am using some Metal Set. This stuff will stick to anything. On the tubes is says "Used for Industrial and Military Applications". Also, be is not the cheapest stuff out there. I used this stuff to bond the aluminum landing gear to the wood landing plate. I also used it to attach the fiberglass cowl to the wooden cowl ring. I don't know if your wings are foam or not like mine. I am going to use the epoxy that aero-composites sells. It is supposed to be better stuff than the stuff that you can get at the local hobby store. Aero-composites epoxy is also sandable. Again, I paid close to $45 a quart for this stuff. I have also read that Pro-Bond from Home Depot will work and is cheaper. If all you wanted to use was the CA and regular Epoxy that would be OK. Hope this helps....

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Check the kit building forum you'll get more responses.

Alphatic resin for balsa doublers ( large area, sheet to sheet) cheap, light, strong.


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