Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

Unofficial Which? Guide to glue

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I don’t know if Which? do a glue guide but I wanted to find out the best glue for sticking the card of the battery loco kit onto the plasticard I’m using for stengthening. 

Internet searches suggested a tacky PVA or Copydex. I have reported elsewhere that I am partial to Copydex but I thought it only fair to do a test. 

What I did was stuck the broken bufferbeam and another piece of card with printed material on it onto a piece of plasticard with the different glues. The tacky was used on the bufferbeam and the Copydex on the black and white piece. 

I deliberately used a bit too much glue and smeared a bit around including onto the card itself as I wanted to see what the opportunities for recovery were like in the event of a mishap. 

When held up to the light it was a clear win for Copydex (not that the picture makes it too clear). However I’m going to wait until both glues have had 24 hour drying time before making a final decision. 


Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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