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attaching a model to the clear bottom of a display case


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I'm speaking of the clear styrene cases to display finished model cars (1/24-1/25 scale).  I was thinking of maybe of using Gorilla glue on the tires where they contact the styrene case.  I thought CA or epoxy would be a bit much.  Any thoughts any body?  Thanks

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Why? I didn't think Michigan was a likely area for earthquakes.

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That was funny Bill.  Seriously, why would you want to fasten the build?  What if you want to take it out of the case to clean/modify?

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Years ago when I used them when I would ship one in one of those cases I drilled a couple small holes in the bottom of the case and just ran a small wire through those holes and around the front and rear suspension and twisted them together at the bottom of the case. Pretty much the same way a die cast is packaged. Always worked for me.

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If the display case has the pegs and holes for rubber banding the model down, use Goody hair bands as they come in clear.

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Years ago when I used them when I would ship one in one of those cases I drilled a couple small holes in the bottom of the case and just ran a small wire through those holes and around the front and rear suspension and twisted them together at the bottom of the case. Pretty much the same way a die cast is packaged. Always worked for me.

Same approach I use.

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Why? I didn't think Michigan was a likely area for earthquakes.

It's a method to ensure that all four tires are in contact with the base.

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It's a method to ensure that all four tires are in contact with the base.

Wouldn't building the model square be more to the point?

I can certainly see fastening a model to the bottom of a case for transport, as I've done it myself with light wire and holes...but it would never occur to me in a million years to correct a wonky build by gluing the tires to the case.

Edited by Ace-Garageguy

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get you a hot glue gun

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I use the wire around the suspension method also.  I started doing this when my wife picked one up to clean the shelf and the case came apart.  Before I get some wise-acre comment, I also put small brass screws through the clear sides into the base to keep the top from coming off when they are moved.

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Well, I think I am going to get me a glue gun.  I want to be able to pick up the whole closed case and turn it upside down to view the chassis detail.  And this model has all 4 wheels 'on the ground'.  I do not have to correct a wonky build, with all due respect.  As far as modifying the build, I use a lot of CA glue, so I wouldn't be able to take it apart, I don't think.  But I think I am going to use more and more regular styrene-glue (or cement) so I can more easily take it apart to rebuild or modify.  So what do the rest of you think of the hot-glue-gun idea?

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That glue is going to be a more permanent solution. I like the wire tie idea. This allows you to easily remove it from the case later if you want to take it to a show or club meeting. I would also worry about the glue having an adverse reaction to the tires or the case.

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