Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by RagDaddy, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. RagDaddy

    RagDaddy Member

    Hi all, I was wondering if anybody could give me a line on building clear cockpits? Basically I can't get the clear plastic to adhere properly to my card, without the results looking less than satisfactory. Any help would be appreciated
  2. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    for which cockpit?..
    a cockpit with flat windows is cut the clear parts from a box with windows..
    a cockpit with curved windows is more difficult..
    i would look for the correct curve from a bottle or a plastic jar...( i never used this, my fighters have flat windows)But that is the way i would go.
    and just glue them in with multi-glue.
  3. RagDaddy

    RagDaddy Member

    thanks for the reply dnalor! it's for a flat Cockpit, dunno but when I glue the plastic, it never sticks properly. using UHU solvent free glue, which do you use?
  4. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Here is a tutorial that I did here awhile back on just such a topic:

    I also posted it at Paper modelers as well. Here is the link to it:

    You can also use stick labels and run strips along the edge of the clear plastic (where you are going to glue it to the canopy frame) and just glue it in place.
    That would be the easiest way to do it.

    Either way you go with it, I wish you the best of luck.
    Please post photos of your progress and what technique you used.
  5. RagDaddy

    RagDaddy Member

    Thanks Rhaven, that great, and will do
  6. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I am glad that I could be of help.
    If I may ask, what are you making?
  7. imcold

    imcold Member

    Double-sided scotch tape works well for me - or shoe-glue of a local brand.
  8. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    i use all purpose glue..
    or Hobby glue.

    Or do a lot with that's the strongest i have..
  9. RagDaddy

    RagDaddy Member

    Thanks imcold! in fact it's imcolds x-wing Rhaven. My first real complex model. Thanks to a talk with Zathros.
  10. leofirebrand

    leofirebrand Member

    I often have the same problem and what works well for me is to cut out the window frame shape twice and then cut the window to be slightly larger than the opening. I then glue the window betwen the two frames. That way even if the window does not stay attached well It's wedged between to sheets of paper so its not going anywhere.
  11. Peter Walker

    Peter Walker New Member

    Neither of the links seem to be working. I would love to see the outcome of this.

  12. RagDaddy

    RagDaddy Member

    Going to experiment with both Rhavens and leofirebransds ideas when I get home from work. Both sound like they could work. Never thought of the shoe glue imcold, but hey if it works...I will go with the best outcome though. Thanks all
  13. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    Ah the Imcold x wing...:)

    Be sure to make a thread out of's a great project..
    and i will be watching!
  14. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I just tried both links. The one from here is working, but the one for Paper Modelers seems to have been deleted. There is no trace of it at all.:curse:wall1:curse:
  15. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    If you have a Michael's Craft store near you, or, can order online, get ZIP DRY. This stuff will glue anyting to anyting, man!. Sorry, listening to Bob Marley, anyways, it is a mechanical bond, which is what you need. It is lignin and Acid free. It has never lifted or interfered with any printed surface the years I have used it. It also doesn't go hard in the bottle, in the cap, yes, but it's glue, and is 'posed to do dat, man. :)


  16. sakrison

    sakrison Member

    I use Weldbond. It's a craft glue, acrylic base, think. Handles much like Aileen's Tacky Glue, dries clear, and sticks to plastic.
  17. RagDaddy

    RagDaddy Member

  18. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    yip same stuff i use..just other brandname.
  19. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    UHU all purpose glue works really well for this sort of thing.

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