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#1 OFFLINE   snowman

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 03:03 AM

When I bought my AUTOart Dodge Viper Daytona winner I was rather shocked to find it has decals (or printing) for the bonnet catches (Seems all of them do - My LM Viper does, too), but I found some photo etched bonnet catches (in Australia!) and they've now arrived, but I rather naively thought they'd be self adhesive, so I wondered how people went about fitting these?

As an experiment I glued some to a Hotwheels Ferrari 458 GT2 I have, but it's a rather messy process and I wondered if anyone had any better suggestions?

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 07:09 AM

Itís all about the glue you use. Use a tiny tiny dab of bob smith glue. It dries clear and with no fogging. Alternatively you could use microscale kristal klear. Also dries clear but is white initially. DO NOT BRING THE BOTTLE ANYWHERE NEAR THE MODEL EVER. Decant a small amount of the glue into something (I use my contact lens containers!) and use a toothpick or something similar to place a drop where you want. Use forceps to accurately place the hood pin as well. Good luck!
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Posted 06 August 2020 - 07:48 AM

Bob Smith glue is a good shout, I was advised to get the Gold one, not the Pink one (apparently the Pink one has a stronger hold but can fog)  I've used it a few times and it's good stuff. As Wes says, you only need a small dab of it.

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 08:16 AM

I tend to use a tiny drop of hobby clear gloss enamel paint.
Use a shirt pin or similar to place it.
Wait for around 30 minutes for the paint to become tacky and then place the p/e into position
For bonnet latches I use these items:
https://www.renaissa...llye-a-coulisse
https://www.renaissa...ille-au-1-18eme
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Edited by slartibartfast229, 06 August 2020 - 08:16 AM.


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 06:08 AM

Thanks all.

I've tried an order for some of those catches, too, so we'll see how that goes!

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 06:50 AM

I bought some Gorilla brand clear glue last week in my local Aldi to test for model usefulness.
It's very strong once it dries, stronger than a typical pva glue which also means it's harder to clean up.
Keep it tidy though and it could be a useful choice for your project.
For myself, I will be sticking with the gloss clear paint for very small items.

Edited by slartibartfast229, 07 August 2020 - 06:50 AM.


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 07:00 AM

View Postsnowman, on 06 August 2020 - 03:03 AM, said:

When I bought my AUTOart Dodge Viper Daytona winner I was rather shocked to find it has decals (or printing) for the bonnet catches (Seems all of them do - My LM Viper does, too), but I found some photo etched bonnet catches (in Australia!) and they've now arrived, but I rather naively thought they'd be self adhesive, so I wondered how people went about fitting these?

I'm planning to add that to mine as well. They're hard to find, I last saw them on eBay was a couple of months ago from a seller in France.

Also on the Corvette C5-R, there are a couple of decals on top of the hood that emulate hood pins, I need to find a solution for that.

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 07:35 AM

View Postcwbs, on 07 August 2020 - 07:00 AM, said:

View Postsnowman, on 06 August 2020 - 03:03 AM, said:

When I bought my AUTOart Dodge Viper Daytona winner I was rather shocked to find it has decals (or printing) for the bonnet catches (Seems all of them do - My LM Viper does, too), but I found some photo etched bonnet catches (in Australia!) and they've now arrived, but I rather naively thought they'd be self adhesive, so I wondered how people went about fitting these?

I'm planning to add that to mine as well. They're hard to find, I last saw them on eBay was a couple of months ago from a seller in France.

Also on the Corvette C5-R, there are a couple of decals on top of the hood that emulate hood pins, I need to find a solution for that.
Glue the p/e replacements over the decals.
I tried to remove some from an Otto RS200, and quickly gave up.
If you can get a close match, there should be no obvious remnant of the decals.
That's the theory anyway....   :yahoo:

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 11:15 AM

View Postslartibartfast229, on 07 August 2020 - 07:35 AM, said:

Glue the p/e replacements over the decals.
I tried to remove some from an Otto RS200, and quickly gave up.
If you can get a close match, there should be no obvious remnant of the decals.

Yes, the decals are small enough and will be totally covered. I test fitted a PE latch I removed from a parts model. :occasion14:

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:03 AM

Hobby Design has some great looking hood pins in 1:18, three types I think. And like others say, use Bob Smith Industries glue, I swear to Super Gold +

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I couldnt find a true close-up but these are attached with said glue, bu using a toothpick to put down a small drop first. Fully invisible on the model.



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