"Jane Sullivan" wrote
Don't start me on about banks.
If I'd the time to be bothered I'd certainly be trying to reduce the
profitability of my not-so-local HSBC Bank. What a shower of utter greed
and total incompetence.
It is only because people buying model railways in the UK still
genuinely value the local, personal touch that you can survive, let
In the USA, the smaller retailers have no hope of competing with the
New York mail order outlets and the large toy store chains, because
price is everything and the local, personal touch is not valued to
anything like the extent it is here.
In my field, photography, the situation in the UK with photo gear is
much the same as in the US with model trains. The market is dominated
by mail order or large chains, and the local photo shop is rapidly
dying out. I suppose that will eventually happen with model railways
here, but probably not for at least a decade, when the current
generation of modellers begins to die off.
Aha! After performing actual research (emailing the LGB help site) and
being told that there was a kind of glue named UHU made in Germany that
was used at the factory, but that they were not completely satisfied
with it, I rummaged through an old tool box and tried some stuff in
desperation. It worked! The glue goes by the catchy name of "Fix-All
Adhesive". It is made by Super Glue Corporation, part number T-FA, and
the 18.4 ml tube has a telephone number of 800-424-9300. The company
is located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
The directions call for applying the glue to both parts and letting
them dry for ten minutes, which worked perfectly.
I have used UHU (readily available in the UK) for sticking my
home-made slider switches onto the top of Peco point motors. It has
worked well for several months and withstands the healthy 'clunk' of
capacitor discharge operation.
The secret is in the 'ten minute rule' -so be patient.
I've found that contact adhesive is only any use for sticking flat surfaces
to flat surfaces. For glueing anything edge-to-ege I need a solvent of some
kind. Even these are generally useless for soft plastics.
Thanks for that John.
I've used the "ordinary" yellow tube UHU a number of times over the
years and have found when gluing two (large) unlike plastic surfaces
together (eg plasticard flat deck on wagon chassis) that both pieces
bulge and distort badly.