I get asked on a regular basis how do I assemble my structures.
Here is how I produce my kits (or scratch built models) with the accessories that I use.
I only use Cyanoacrylate (super glue) on the metal models. Plastic glue on plastic models and Alcolin quick dry wood glue for the wooden structures.
I clean up all the castings (note: this one has not had all the flash removed and is used as a demo model for this article).
I wash them in vinegar (or pool acid) and then in warm soapy water. Let them air dry and avoid touching them with fingers. (Oil on skin etc) This affects the super glue and will not glue the parts together.
I use Rite-Clamps (magnetic and available online from Micro-Mark) in the USA. They are the best thing since sliced bread. Very powerful magnets in them. Easy to use.
I also use the good old elastic band method to hold the whole building together sometimes when there is not enough space inside the structure for the inner clamps as seen above.
Photo of the Rite-Clamp and instructions.
The set comes with supports to hold the items for glueing as seen below.
Assembled building which has been sprayed with a base coat of grey primer. Roof painted red by hand.
Self explanatory photo with a finished building alongside.
Another example of using two sets of Rite-Clamps on a wooden scratch built engine house. If building a lot of buildings I would suggest buying two sets of Rite-Clamps giving you four to be able to assemble the whole structure as shown below to get the feel of it before glueing it together. (The blue color is before removing the protective plastic covering as it eventually wears off after extended use)
I hope that this is helpful in constructing future model railroad structures, be them made of metal, plastic or wood!!!
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And here’s Brian’s top shelf train running (sorry it’s portrait not landscape):
A huge thanks to Brian, who is also one of the Hall of Fame members. Some of his buildings really are stunning. And of course, as a Fame member, he’s had a good shufty through the Beginner’s Guide too.
That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.