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After approximately three months I'm about to finish the Bluejacket Portland hull. I have temporarily placed the

small portholes in the bow with a press fit. I would like to have glazing in them but have been unsuccessful 

in trying a few mediums. The inside ID is just 1/8" so acetate is not being considered. Have tried Envirotex 

and 5 minute epoxy with no success. Any ideas? 


John Elwood



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John. Not sure if THIS will help with your problem ...

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Hi John,


 you mentioned request for 1/8" ID porthole "glassing"

I would choose cut off bits of transparent round line with 3mm OD, for example from this source, resp. appropriate source in CT




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Something I've used is Mod Podge (available in craft stores and even in "dollar" stores. Comes in a gloss finish. It's a white liquid in the bottle but dries clear. It does tend to shrink as it dries, so you may have to apply twice and it takes a good 24 hours or more to dry.

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Very nice  to hear from you Nils and jhearl. After experimenting with several products, I

went with Gallery Glass. It's a viscous white liquid that looks like Elmer's glue. Wiped a

thin film across the back of the porthole and let it dry till it was crystal clear. Then installed

each one with a tiny drop of Canopy Glue for adhesive. Had to see it in the photo but it's

there. You can see a slight reflection in the first porthole.




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