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Hi,  I'm rather new to the model boat group, my first post.  I have built many plastic ships and just finished my first wooden one, Swift pilot boat, and it came out quite well.  I started my 2nd one and while using the testors glue, I ran out of it.  Wanting to finish what I was doing, I used a hot glue gun.  What is the down side of using the hot glue gun type?  Also, beside the testor glue, what do most builders use?  Thanks for any help.  Ed

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Hi EPH, for gluing most woods together, most of us use Titebond (an aliphatic resin) or sometimes Glue All (a polyvinal acetate).  


I am quite fond of super glue for the smaller parts, both thin and medium viscosities.  


When gluing metal to wood, use medium or thick super glue or epoxy.  


Metal to metal can sometimes be done with super glue, but I prefer soldering.  Photo etched parts require super glue.


Don't bother with the hot glue gun - it's too thick, stringy and non permanent.   


Welcome aboard, ask more questions, and enjoy this hobby~!                  Duff 

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Any PVA, from Titebond to Elmer's Carpenter's Glue.    Gorilla Glue has it's followers but it foams and expands, so be careful there.  


CA's in various thicknesses, epoxies also.  CA has a downside in the smell and some have become allergic to it.


Basically, find what works for you and that you're happy with.

"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
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 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans                             Triton Cross-Section   

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CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         



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