Blue Tube Attack Sub
October 16, 2016 in How-to
This year I decided to start up a model club at my school. With the help of a local hobby shop and modeler who was selling off his collection of unbuilt kits, I was able to get enough stuff together to offer 20 students a chance to make a model.
But! I was restricted to using non-toxic glue which meant I was going to have to use Testors glue in the blue tube. I had never used this glue before so, I figured I better try it out and know what I’m doing with it before I try to instruct my students! I had the Hobby Boss 1/700 JMSDF Harushio class sub in my stash so I figured it would be a good kit for a quick glue experiment.
And a quick build it was! There’s not much to a model of a modern sub, especially in 1/700 scale. The kit only has 11 parts including three that make up the stand. I used the blue tube glue for everything but the screw. The glue did a fair job but, it’s not something I’d use again unless there were extenuating circumstances.
The glue didn’t weld the plastic together. Rather, it seemed like it acted like a very quick drying epoxy. The hull halves were a little warped and needed clamps to hold it together overnight while the glue fully cured or dried or whatever it does in this case. I hope the parts hold together for the long haul!
So, even though it feels a little like I’m cheating since this kit was quick and easy to make, I’m counting it as model number 10 completed for the year. Still on pace to get at least 12 kits done this year
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