Self Disassembling Buildings

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Self Disassembling Buildings

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Xmas time I bought some card building kits to make up during the down time. These were Metcalfe kits in N gauge. Really nice kits, and I put them together using UHU clear adhesive. They then got put away as it will be a long time before I'm at the stage to use them.

Looking at them recently, they're in a tin with tweezers that I needed for something else, and I find various parts of them have sprung open.

This is exceedingly disappointing. Is UHU not really the thing to use? Obviously I had to apply it very sparingly.
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I've use UHU on card kits in the past, but due to the stringing nature of the glue I now use either PVA woodworking glue or Roket card glue. :D

I'm guessing, but if the UHU was only applied very thinly and sparingly then it may come apart, as the card will suck some of the glue into itself.
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Rocket card glue best for Metcalfe kits IMHO
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Deluxe Speed Bond is another good option.
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PVA wood glue for the card/paper and UHU for plastic bits like window glass. Lasts for ever. Very important to hold the surfaces firmly together until dry. Bulldog clios are good. I have some over 40 years old still in one piece.
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OK thanks chums. Looks like a different pick for a suitable adhesive should be on the cards (see what I did there?).

I'll have to see if the buildings I've done so far can be saved, they seem to have kind of set in their new positions. I've got a set of steps up to the signal box that even a Dalek could manage now dammit.

BTW - N gauge is a lousy pick for someone with these sausage fingers.
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I use PVA as it is a LOT cheaper than Roket Card Glue. Also it is easier to use, you can just splash it on and wipe off the excess!
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Roket card glue example.. https://deluxematerials.co.uk/products/roket-card-glue Note there is no "C" in the name.

PVA example ..
https://www.bakerross.co.uk/mini-washab ... VA example
But any woodworking PVA will do and works well.
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UHU make a solvent free glue which is not stringy and seems to hold ok after period of time.

The problem I have with glues in general is finding solvents that I can use to clean out the Metcalf glue bottles with the thin spouts; otherwise the glue gets more grungy every time I refill. PVA and water are OK, bur balsa wood , UHU etc are a pain.

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I tried those bottles, found them to be worse than useless. I stick with (pun intended) Roket glue applied with a cocktail stick on small parts.
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