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#1 of 33 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted January 04 2005 - 02:57 PM

hi all -

since i'm officially popular now ( Posted Image ), santa decided to reward me with one of these...

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lego star destroyer

so i was thinking about making it permanent and possibly gluing it together. however, a google search didn't dig up too much info on what type of glue would work. some mentioned the type of cement you use on pvc pipes (diluted), some others mentioned some other chemical-sounding adhesive, etc.

my only fears are twofold.

1. using a cement that is too strong, thereby melting the plastic
2. using a cement which discolors the lego blocks

anyway, just wondering if anyone here had any ideas...

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#2 of 33 OFFLINE   Philip_G

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Posted January 04 2005 - 03:01 PM

I would think any of the CA quick set glues should be fine, they definitely won't damage plastic, and they shouldn't discolor it. Got any old legos? Try gluing a couple together with some krazy glue, if it works out OK head over to a hobby shop and get a big bottle. It's used to glue together RC airplanes, and probably other stuff too.

Plastic cement would do the damage you're worried about, I don't think CA will.

#3 of 33 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted January 04 2005 - 05:31 PM

thx phillip. good idea on CA (cyano akrolite) (sp?) ... i'll check out my local hobby town as well.

i'm definitely gonna get some old legos and do some testing before i proceed on this one. Posted Image
 

#4 of 33 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted January 04 2005 - 06:38 PM

If that's the one that I have, that is one heavy MF!

I was not only going to glue mine together (haven't gotten around to it yet, so I don't know what glue to use), but I wanted to hang it from the ceiling with some picture framing wire.

Since no fingers would touch it after it got hung up, you only need to glue the bottom on. Ok, and all of the little pieces on the sides (have fun!) Posted Image

Gravity will take care of the rest, right?

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#5 of 33 OFFLINE   Leila Dougan

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Posted January 04 2005 - 07:21 PM

I saw a show on TV the other day that talked about professional LEGO builders and the folks that work at LEGO headquarters. They make these huge, elaborate LEGO structures and, sure enough, I saw them glue the pieces together while they did it. Truthfully it looked like they just used regular superglue, at least it came in those small, metal tubes. They just put a few drops around the holes on the underside of the pieces and that seemed to work okay. I think if there's any chance of discoloration, it'll be on the inside anyway and won't really matter.

#6 of 33 OFFLINE   Philip_G

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Posted January 04 2005 - 09:57 PM

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(cyano akrolite) (sp?)

To be honest, I don't remember Posted Image

Hot glue would probably work too, but I think it would be too messy, I hate those little strings of glue you always get.

I'd bet anything there's a lego forum somewhere, and this is in their FAQ.

#7 of 33 OFFLINE   DonRoeber

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Posted January 05 2005 - 01:24 AM

I'd probably go with plastic model glue. You used to be able to find it in WalMart, with the toys. Not sure if they still have it. Testors brand, in a red and white metal tube. I wouldn't use the glue pen in this particular instance.

Build sections at a time, gluing them together as you go. As the glue sets overnight, glue sections to each other.

Sounds like a fun project.
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#8 of 33 OFFLINE   Dave Poehlman

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Posted January 05 2005 - 02:18 AM

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Well, we wont be seeing The Ted around for awhile.

Who's next in line on the popular list?

#9 of 33 OFFLINE   Jason Charlton

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Posted January 05 2005 - 02:42 AM

Here's a great website for LEGO fanatics out there. It's fascinating to read about the things this guy does.

Freaking awesome LEGO dude's website.

You can click on his FAQ link and note item #3:
"When I do glue a model for a client I use the following glue: Oatey, All Purpose (PVC, CPVC, ABS). It is available at most hardware stores (look in the plumbing section)."

Enjoy browsing his portfolio. He's got lots of pictures of models as he builds them.

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#10 of 33 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted January 05 2005 - 07:28 AM

glenn, glad to hear you had fun with yours. any tips? Posted Image

i've done some more research and it does seem that ca glue may be the best choice. i'm going to stay away from regular model glue as it *dissolves* the plastic pieces - which is not what i want. i need the adhesive to bond (or whatever the term is) instead.

i found this stuff (http://www.miracleglue.com/toys.htm) which supposedly works on legos, but it looks like regular ca glue. so i'm going to my hobbytown to check it out.

jason, i actually ran across the same website in my research. that guy is amazing.

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Posted January 05 2005 - 08:53 AM

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Posted January 05 2005 - 09:08 AM

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#13 of 33 OFFLINE   Philip_G

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Posted January 05 2005 - 09:43 AM

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I'd probably go with plastic model glue. You used to be able to find it in WalMart, with the toys. Not sure if they still have it. Testors brand, in a red and white metal tube. I wouldn't use the glue pen in this particular instance.

This type of glue works by melting both sides of the plastic you're gluing, then it hardens and fuses together, he wants to avoid that.

#14 of 33 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted January 05 2005 - 10:07 AM

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[edit] - actually i think i read another thread with somebody else tryin' to bite my move. man, the tenacity of some people... Posted Image
 

#15 of 33 OFFLINE   Dome Vongvises

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Posted January 05 2005 - 10:08 AM

Wow, I thought I was the only one still fascinated with LEGOS. Posted Image

#16 of 33 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted January 05 2005 - 10:51 AM

lego's are fun dome! c'mon...ya know ya wanna build another one.

i just finished building this as well.

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it's really more from the bionicle series, but it's still fun to build. and much more durable...this one can actually withstand some bumps 'n' bruises. it's sitting on top of my stereo rack, plus i have a hailfire droid on my sub.

heck, my stereo gear is starting to look more like a lego display case then anything else. it's drivin' my wife crazy! Posted Image
 

#17 of 33 OFFLINE   Mike Voigt

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Posted January 05 2005 - 12:31 PM

ca = cyanoacrylate

Just don't get it on your fingers... nasty stuff to remove.

Best of luck with that Star Destroyer!

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Posted January 05 2005 - 12:47 PM

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actually i think i read another thread with somebody else tryin' to bite my move. man, the tenacity of some people...
ah yes, that was me. i can't win by seniority, so that's out. i'm waiting for you to slip up! as far as my name, i dont consider that capital letters, it's sort of like the 'prince' logo, but i just use more familiar symbols Posted Image

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#19 of 33 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted January 05 2005 - 03:16 PM

Ted, ok - for what it is worth. The bags in the boxes never seem to have every part you need for any step, so that means that you've got to unpack it all.

I'd pull out all of the wing-like pieces - left and right, and put them back into two of the cartons. As for the rest, I would not open anything unless it is on top of a large towel or piece of felt. Don't open the small pieces up until you need them. Most of them get used up on step 19, or page 24 if they didn't redo the manual.

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Posted January 05 2005 - 08:02 PM

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nah, it's someone else. i already have my eye on you CJ! Posted Image

thx for the tips glenn! i usually bust out several bowls or tupperware containers and try to sort the pieces that way. i can't stand the "dump everything into a pile" approach, but it sounds like that may be a necessity. that's one good thing about bionicles ... usually they label the bags, which makes it *significantly* easier to build.
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