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Title: Hot glue gun
Post by: usher42 on July 23, 2007, 10:16:04 PM
Can i use hot glue sticks to assemble buildings.


Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: WoundedBear on July 23, 2007, 10:22:38 PM
I guess you could....if you had to....but honestly?....a hot glue gun is one of the last things that would pop to mind, if it were my building project. ;)

Sid


Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: ebtbob on July 24, 2007, 06:19:57 AM
Usher,

       I cannot see a glue gun as a reasonable tool to building buildings.   Now,  you did not mention what scale you work in so that thought may change if you are talking large scale,  but still,  the ability to control the flow to a specific point is not going to be as great as with adhesive bottles or with brushes.   Also,  I have not yet met the glue gun that does create strings of unwanted glue after an application is made.
        For me,  I want to brush on or have a bottle with some sort of applicating tube.



Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: usher42 on July 24, 2007, 12:21:02 PM
I'm working on atlas n scale building.


Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: SteamGene on July 24, 2007, 12:46:09 PM
Anything but a hot glue gun for N scale.
Gene


Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: richG on July 24, 2007, 05:04:36 PM
Can i use hot glue sticks to assemble buildings.
I would not ever consider that. The hot glue cools of rather quickly and it can be stringy. I have seen a couple models where someone tried using hot glue. What a mess.
If you want to believe you can do it, then try and report back to the forum but good luck.

Rich  :)


Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: ebtbob on July 25, 2007, 06:28:01 AM
Usher,

      N scale buildings,  plastic?   If so,  try to find the Testors glue that comes in a "diamond" shaped bottle with a long metal application tube.   If you are working in wood,  my preference is Elmers' Carpenter's clue,  the yellow stuff.   I put it on with round toothpicks.   I like the round as they are pointed at both ends.



Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: usher42 on July 26, 2007, 12:45:08 PM
Thanks everyone for your suggestions i just brought a red tube of testors glue for  plastic yesterday 7/25/07.  Thanks again. Gary


Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: SteamGene on July 26, 2007, 03:15:00 PM
Gary,
I use Testor's tube glue a lot, but many think it is one step up from hot glue.  Let me give you a suggestion.  DON'T USE THE TUBE TO PUT GLUE ON A MODEL!  Especially small parts or small scale.  Rather, get a piece of cardboard and some plain toothpicks.  Put some glue on the cardboard and use the toothpick's small end as the applicator.  Add more glue to the cardboard as needed and use only a small amout at a time to save glue. 
The liquid glue applied with a brush is the glue of choice for most modelers, but there is a learning curve in using it. 
Gene


Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: ebtbob on July 27, 2007, 06:28:26 AM
Gene,

     I agree with you about the tube glue and putting a bit on some cardboard first and then appling it.   That is why I mentioned that Testors glue in the diamond shaped bottle with the applicator tube.   It is a slightly thinner viscosity than the tube glue from them and does not create those annoying strings when applied.



Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: SteamGene on July 27, 2007, 09:24:25 AM
Bob,
Since he already had the tube glue, might as well know the best way to apply it.  :D
Gene


Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: Summertrainz on July 27, 2007, 11:26:08 PM
I Sparingly use the hot glue gun on parts that are not clearly vissible on a plastic house. like the inside.
i would use what they say to use... plastic cement
i use this plastic glue substance its not what they suscribe and comes in a small bottle.
its not hot and does'nt leave stringy "things"
;D i prefer the ready built model though... 


Title: Re: Hot glue gun
Post by: ebtbob on July 28, 2007, 07:19:17 AM
Gene,

       From your description,  I see you use a regular tooth pic.   I like the rounded ones that are pointed at both ends with a finer point to work with.   These are VERY helpful when you need to get into a tight space or around windows etc.