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Hey there i'm currently building Mamoli Golden Hind and am up to glueing the card decorations onto the hull. is it better to dilute the glue acrylic. not sure with card have never seen them before. in fact had i known this kit came with card would probably not have bought it. but you live and learn and so far it looks good. any suggestions welcome and appreciated. 

cheers will post pics of build shortly and my first build Amati Santa Maria. also whilst i'm on a roll i served on HMAS Torrens in the RAN does anyone know of any models of her on the market in any incarnation, i.e., wood, plastic etc. or of any River class DE. cheers


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I would use regular glue. Take some scrap and do a mockup and see if you like the final result.

David B

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Usually any wood glue will work just fine with card.  Remember that what we use is usually water based so you want to use a minimum amount of the glue to prevent breaking down the card. Using your usual gluing methods with that caveat should give you good results.


I prefer the card because it is easier to conform the decoration to any curves or bends, It doesn't snap like the cast metal types.



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Completed Builds:

Wood Models; AL Bluenose II 1989, Corel Toulonnaise 1995, Corel Flying Fish 2000, AL Scottish Maid 2005,

Sergal President 2010, Mamoli Beagle 2011, Corel Eagle 2013, Mamoli Constitution Cross-section 2014, Victory Cross-section 1/98 by Corel 2015, Occre San Francisco Cable Car 2018, Model Shipways Armed Long Boat 2021

Card Models

Christmas Train by PaperReplika 2012, Yamaha DSC11 Motorcycle 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark II 2014, WWII Tiger I Tank by Paper-Replika 2014, Wrebbit Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster 2014, Central Pacific no. 60 Jupiter card model 2015, Mirage III 1/30 converted to 1/33 card model 2017, TKpapercraft 1912 Mercer 2021


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Re HMAS Torrens question have you had a look at the Airfix range especially the Faulklands issue, there was a Leander class included which will require a serious bit of kit bashing, to make it look like the "Fluffy Ducks twin"(HMAS Swan).

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