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Q: When there are no tabs or little holes to locate and secure tiny door handles, rearview fender mirrors, or antennas to a 1/25 scale model, I am at a total loss. Door handles particularly won’t stay in place, and I smear glue on the finished paint. How do you suggest I do it?
 
Charles Zino  
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Ken: Good question, Charles. Holding a small part in place while even the fastest glue sets up requires a steady hand and nerves of steel, and setting a part with super glue requires precision placement the first time ... but there is another way around this problem.

For years, model railroaders have used a product called Walthers Goo. It’s a versatile, contact-cementlike adhesive that’s especially good for this application. A tiny dab will hold small parts in place, and the parts won’t shift or slide while the Goo is setting up.  

To create an even stronger bond, I usually add a small dab of Goo to the part, then a smaller dab of super glue on the Goo before positioning the part.  You still get the working time to position the part, but the super glue makes for an even stronger bond.   

One more advantage to using Goo:  If it oozes out from under the part, it take be picked off like rubber cement after it sets up.  

Look for Goo in most hobby stores with a model-railroad department.

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