So, has anybody worked with ABS, and can you glue it? With
something not likely to disolve any organic matter it may come
into contact with?
Acetone will disolve it - so its a good thing I wasn't
planning to Alclad it.
I've only worked with ABS for plumbing repairs, but...
Plastruct Plastic Weld general purpose plastic solvent cement. The label says
it's good for gluing ABS, Styrene, Butyrate and Acrylic to itself or each other.
The usual warnings about proper ventilation and avoiding skin contact, but not
corrosive. I would expect CA cement to work too. And you can buy ABS cement at
any hardware store that sells ABS pipes.
If you have some ABS model parts you don't want to risk damaging, I'd suggest
you buy a small ABS plumbing joint, cut it up, and use it to practice sanding,
gluing, and painting.
: Plastruct Plastic Weld general purpose plastic solvent cement. The label says
: it's good for gluing ABS, Styrene, Butyrate and Acrylic to itself or each
I have some RB Models 1/35 buffers, but the buffer housing
is flared, and so won't fit in the space the PzTrWg 51 allows.
So, either I turn down the flare, or I turn some new housings.
I have been trying to find > .375 styrene rod, but that has not
worked out too well (unless I want 1.0" - seems a waste). Small
Parts carries ABS, and I didn't connect it to the odd stuff
Plastruct offers. :-)
On 20 Mar 2010, you wrote in rec.models.scale:
Isn't .375 = 3/8"? That size is very common. What is it, Platruct, Evergreen,
haven't been in a hobby shop that carried scratcbuilding supplies that didn't
: Isn't .375 = 3/8"? That size is very common. What is it, Platruct, Evergreen,
: haven't been in a hobby shop that carried scratcbuilding supplies that didn't
: have any.
Evergreen doesn't carry rod over .125" (1/8"). They carry
tube in larger sizes, but tube has its own problems - primarily,
the glue doesn't cure in a tube filled with more tube.
Pastruct carries acrylic rod, but it is difficult to find,
and has been for quite some time. I am told Plastruct changed
their minimum order to silly levels.
I have found some 1/2" styrene rod, but it is not clear
if I can purchase just one foot - eight feet, sure. Of course,
all I need is < 6 inches of the stuff...
I work with ABS fairly regularly, as lots of real airplane
tips, fairings & interior trim parts are ABS. An aircraft supply
sells a couple of kits to repair/glue
ABS, but they're probably heavier duty than what you're after. LocTite
makes a glue that will glue just about anything to anything, IIRC it's
LocTite 330 Depend. I've used it a few times. CA glue would probably
do for what you want, as that's part of one of the ABS repair kits.
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ABS is just a "flavor" of polystyrene (or in slang "styrene").
Polystyrene is the stuff most plastic kits are made of. Some plastic
kits are also molded using ABS as are many model train bodies.
I'll use the word "styrene" when I'm referring to polystyrene. Acetone
also attacks (melt) styrene. But Alclad can be successfully used on
both ABS and polystyrene. Most solvent-based cements which work on
styrene will also bond ABS (to itself and to styrene). CA glues and
epoxies also work well on both styrene and ABS. So, you have plenty