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Old 02-18-2002, 01:45 AM
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Default Glue/paint for Robart Strut covers and Cockpit

I'm building a TF Sea Fury and I bought the strut covers from Robart. They say to glue them together with "Plasti-Zap". Is this something that I need to order from Tower or someone similar?

Now, what should I paint them with? The same question goes for the cockpit kit that I have. I will be glassing and painting the entire airplane, but I don't know what kind of paint I will be using for that either. I will probably paint the cockpit before the rest of the plane (I don't have a spray gun currently). I will probably buy a cheap airbrush to do the cockpit and the struts.

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Old 02-18-2002, 07:50 PM
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Default Glue/paint for Robart Strut covers and Cockpit

You can assemble the strut covers with regular plastic model airplane cement. Allow a little of the glue to ooze out from the seams, then sand it smooth, and you won't be able to see the seams when you paint. I usually paint mine with Rustoleum, either gloss gray or white, then use a small piece of aluminum tape to simulate the oleo portion of the strut.

You can paint the cockpits with any good plastic model paint, I have Model Master and Pactra paint in my box, or you can use the artist acrylics that are available from craft shops for about a buck a bottle.

Feel free to drop an email if you have any more questions.
Old 02-18-2002, 08:29 PM
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Jetmex,

Thanks for your reply. It is very helpful.

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Old 02-20-2002, 03:42 AM
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Default Plastic Model Glue doesn't work....

Okay, I tried to use Testors glue for the strut covers. The stuff doesn't stick to the plastic at all. I can easily flake it off. What glue should I use? Does CA work?

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Old 02-21-2002, 03:13 AM
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Default Glue/paint for Robart Strut covers and Cockpit

Hello? Does any one have any other glues that work that I can find at a local store? I don't really want to have to order from Robart or Tower. I will if it comes down to that, but I don't have much I need to order from Tower so that I can justify the shipping.

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Default Glue/paint for Robart Strut covers and Cockpit

Hi Herb, just got back...that's odd, I've never had any trouble gluing the Robart strut covers with plastic model cement. I don't know if CA works or not (don't see why it wouldn't), never used it or the Plasti-Zap you mentioned.

Maybe they changed the plastic the struts are made of so you have to use their glue...
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Default Glue/paint for Robart Strut covers and Cockpit

Jetmex,

Thanks for the thought, though. I was lucky in the fact that the testors glue came off very clean. When I was able to pull the two halves apart, I thought I was going to have a mess. However, it flaked right off. I think I'll just try CA. I put a couple of scrap pieces together with it last night so I'll see how they held. I think I might roughen all of the edges up a bit. I was just hoping I could use the testors stuff since it is a little softer and easier to cut away.

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Default Glue/paint for Robart Strut covers and Cockpit

Herb,

CA will work just fine. The plastic strut covers have a shiny surface. Sand them with a light sandpaper to allow better adhesion for whatever paint you decide to use.

I recommend Chevron Perfect Paint. Not cheap but a very good paint.
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Default Glue/paint for Robart Strut covers and Cockpit

I forgot to mention, Humbrol paint in the small tins is my favorite for painting cockpits.

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