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Quality Adhesives for RC Model Airplanes | Zap

May 29th, 2016
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Quality Adhesives Build Model Airplanes

 

Building Radio-Controlled Airplanes with Quality Adhesives

Building a RC (radio controlled) model aircraft from scratch takes dedication, patience and attention to every single detail. There are no shortcuts to get to the final product and there shouldn’t be. Similarly, none should be taken with the all-important adhesive that binds it all together.

Whether you are starting out with an ARF (almost ready to fly) RC airplane or you have ventured into balsa and plywood aircraft, one thing is certain, your plane needs to be able to handle the stress and pressure of flying. Just as you would need to keep your measurements down to a tee, your choice of glue can make or break the delicate balance of the aircraft. Aerodynamics is a tricky beast and every aspect of your airplane must be just right in order to fly at an optimum level.

How Do You Pick the Right Adhesive?

To get it right the first time, your choice of glue has to be relevant to the type of model aircraft you are building. For example, nowadays, ARF airplanes incorporate more foam and plastic so an ideal choice would be Zap-O Foam Safe CA for foam parts and Poly Zap for plastic parts. On the other hand, if you are creating a composite airplane with light woods such as balsa or plywood, then select Zap-A-Gap. For post applying adhesive to balsa wood joints use the wicking grade ZAP CA. For canopy assemblies on cockpits use ZAP ‘s Formula 560 Canopy Glue which dries crystal clear and remains flexible.

How About the Engine?

No problem. Zap has got you covered. For thread locking fluid, also known as securing nuts and bolts by applying adhesives to fasteners, there is the Z-42 Thread Locker. This product has the ability to resist vibrations and prevent fasteners from loosening, which provides stability to the aircraft’s engine. Think of the engine as the heart of the plane and the glue as the blood flow that keeps the airplane running smoothly and as one cohesive unit.

Zap adhesive products not only apply to the initial building process of the composite aircraft but to the maintenance and repair process as well.

How Important is the Quality of Adhesive for My RC Model Airplane?

Zap adhesive products are a testament to hobbyists who take themselves and their crafts seriously. Considered one of the highest quality adhesives for any recreational activity, Zap has time and time again proven itself to be the choice for model builders who spend countless hours perfecting their craft.

Picking the right adhesive to match your composite RC aircraft should be one of the first steps in the planning process because as you know, it’s mighty difficult to go back once you’ve made a mistake.

Much like a car engine that requires premium quality oil to run, when it comes to providing the right glue or adhesive, there can be no substitutes. That feeling of satisfaction and pride when your model aircraft successfully flies can be in part attributed to you picking the correct tools and equipment for the job.

 A Hobby is a Passion

Part of our mantra at Zap is that a hobby is a passion, and passion is what life is all about. We consider it a privilege to be lost in that moment of anticipation as you concentrate on gluing that one final piece. It is what we call a “being in the zone” and there is no other place you would rather be.

The process of creating a model aircraft, piece by piece, is as much of a joy to the builder as is the moment when the plane takes off for the very first time.

Whether it is radio-controlled aircrafts, miniature railway tracks, model boats or plastic figurines, every set has a piece that needs to be put together with care and dedication. Simply put, the love that is put into your project can only be matched by the quality of resources used to create it. Start now by choosing one of our premium quality adhesives at Zap.

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Zap – The Best Adhesive for Hobbyists

October 16th, 2015
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It’s a commonly known fact that hobbyists love to make things. They enjoy the art of building something bit by bit, piece by piece, with the use of steady hands and a keen eye. Often, along with patience and skill, they rely on one other element to complete their work: adhesives. Come to think of it, it’s hard to imagine what we’d all do without them.

But for hobbyists in particular, glue needs to not only make things stick, it needs to work within the demands of their recreational project. Many hobbyists use Zap brand adhesives because they offer the strength, durability, and resistance to shock these projects require. Whether it’s a model they’re building or a moving mechanism, connecting the parts with a quality adhesive means each treasured creation has a better chance of being its best and lasting long.

Connecting The Parts With Canopy Glue

One of the most popular adhesives hobbyists and modelers use is called canopy glue. In the modeling world, canopies are pieces that are used to cover the cockpit of an aircraft or another vehicle. They are often clear and made of plastic or fiberglass.

Zap’s Formula 560 Canopy Glue is excellent at attaching these essential pieces because the bond created remains flexible yet strong, and can withstand vibration and high speeds. Additionally, hobbyists use this type of adhesive because it doesn’t fog the canopy and excess amounts can be wiped away easily with a wet cloth.

Formula 560 may have “canopy” in its name, but it can also be useful for hobbyists in different types of applications. For makers of RC planes, it can be used to glue the hinges of the control surfaces, the moveable parts on the wing and tail that enable maneuvering. This glue is recommended for connecting these hinges because of how well it adheres to the plastic, and how it swells the wood, which adds to the bond created.

Tell Us All The Details

A lot goes into building the intricate models and projects hobbyists create. If you used Zap’s Formula 560 Canopy Glue for your creation, we’d love to have you share the details on Super Glue’s Facebook page. And if there are any gaps in your story, well I’m sure we’ve got something sticky to fill those in!

Using Super Glue’s Model & Hobby Cement for Car Model Construction

June 18th, 2015
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Car model done right with Super Glue

For many people, model building is an art form, a challenge, a passion. Connecting all of the intricate plastic pieces takes not only dedication, but also a strong adhesive. Super Glue’s Model & Hobby Cement rises to this car model-building challenge and meets it with flying colors. Through several key characteristics, it proves itself an ideal product to use for this kind of project.

Model & Hobby Cement Features

Whether it’s a car or warship, a successful construction obviously requires an adhesive that will hold the pieces together. No one wants their model to end up in a slew of scattered parts. In comparison with other adhesives, Super Glue’s Model & Hobby Cement creates a superior bond when dealing with certain plastics and it is:

  • Quick setting
  • Dries hard
  • Works well on Polystyrene models/toys & ABS Plastic
  • Welds plastic together
  • Works on cardboard, wood, & ceramics

Tips for Use

Before beginning to build the model, make sure all the plastic pieces are both clean and dry and the project area is ventilated. For best results, use fine sandpaper to roughen surface. Next, once the parts are ready to be joined, pierce the sealed cover of the cement tube with the end of the cap. Make sure to keep the tube directed away from the face and to not squeeze the tube while piercing.

Apply a small amount of cement to one model part and then either press, or use a clamp, to connect to another piece while the adhesive sets. In this case, the way Super Glue’s Model & Hobby Cement creates such a strong bond as it grips the plastic, welds and fuses it together.

Due to its power, not a lot is needed for such small areas of application. Lastly, after drying quickly, full strength should be achieved by the 24-hour mark. And hopefully with all the plastic pieces firmly in place, it will be a model of perfection.

Share Your Bonding Moment with Super Glue

Did you also use Model & Hobby Cement to put together a cool car or ship model? Or did it solve the job of an everyday household repair? Share your story on Super Glue’s Facebook Page.

Super Cool View from the Pilot’s Seat in a Mustang RC Plane

April 20th, 2015
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This is amazing!  So realistic!  Check out this Super Cool P-51D Mustang Remote Control (RC) Plane … You feel like you are in the Pilot’s Seat!

Super Cool P-51D Mustang RC Plane

Getting Started: Tools for Drones, RC Airplanes, & Helicopters

April 28th, 2014
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There is so much in the news about drones and all of the different uses for them, from warfare to home delivery of packages, today.  As with many “new concepts” this is actually just a new twist or extension of something hobbyists around the world have been involved with for decades.  Remote Control (RC) Airplanes, Cars, and Helicopters have an entire industry and cult following that hobbyists have participated in building, flying, and competing in enthusiastically over many, many years.  Super Glue Corporation has been working with these hobbyists, and collaborating along side of them, developing highly technical super glues, epoxies, threadlockers and a wide range of other adhesives specifically for their purposes, since the beginning.

Zap adhesives, specifically ZAP Threadlockers and ZAP CAs (cyanoacrylates or super glues) are two longstanding favorites of these hobbyists.  We also have foam safe products, super glues and kickers, that work great on foam based models.

Here is a terrific video for anyone interested in getting started with building Drones, RC Airplanes & Helicopters:

 [Video Credit:  The Basic RC Helicopter Build Tools Tutorial]

Who knows?  Once you get started with the RC airplane or helicopter hobby you may find yourself on track and well-prepared for a whole new career as drones really start taking off!!  Knowing the best adhesive products to have handy, like the maker of this video does, will set you apart as an expert!

2014 Odyssey of the Mind Problem #4 “The Stackable Structure” Uses Balsa Wood & Glue

February 4th, 2014
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Each year creative students, from elementary school through college, participate in Odyssey of the Mind programs around the world.  Aspiring engineering students often choose the Balsa Wood and Glue structure building, weight bearing problem.  This year, as in year’s past, the Balsa Wood & Glue problem is being sponsored by Nasa.  Here’s the problem synopsis:

Problem 4:  The Stackable Structure

Teams will design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another.  The structure components will be made of only balsa wood and glue, and will be tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked.  Teams will be scored for the number of components they use in their final structure.  Before they are stacked, the separate components will be integrated into an artistic representation of the Earth.  The team will include the stacking of the components, placement of the weights, and Earth into the theme of its performance.

You can see from the specific instructions that there are many problem-solving challenges involved with this particular structure building project.  One of the important decisions all teams will make is what glue they use to build their structure.  We recommend our ZAP CA glues (preferably medium viscosity although this is something teams should test on their own prior to building their competition-grade structure).  Here is an excellent video showing the best way to cut the balsa wood and apply the cyanoacrylate (CA) to the joints.  Note:  We love the tip of using the packing tape as a surface on which to apply the glue as the balsa wood and super glue can be lifted off of the packing tape with little or no sticking!  We also recommend using Zip Kicker as the accelerator for the ZAP CAs.

[Video Credit:  NC Science Olympiad:  How to Glue Balsa]

We encourage Odyssey of the Mind teams working on this challenge to share your stories with us as you progress through the local, state, national and international competitions.  Good luck to all!!  We support your willingness to take on these creative, problem-solving challenges in an effort to expand your thinking skills!!

Wargamers Recommend ZAP Over Other Super Glues for Miniatures!!

December 19th, 2013
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Check out this great product comparison video.  ZAP-A-Gap comes out the clear winner for use, by war gamers, with miniatures!!  [Two notes to the video:  Zap Zip-Kicker has not been banned in California, they just required an additional warning label on the product, AND Zap-A-Gap, in a smaller bottle, is now readily available at Michael’s and most other hobby stores!]

[Video Credit:  YouTube via Four Realms of Chaos]

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WELL SAID: When Customers Speak Super Glue Corporation Listens!!

August 12th, 2013
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The best part of our day here at Super Glue Corporation and Pacer Technology is hearing from customers!  Whether they call us, or send us their story via our website, there is nothing we like better than talking to our customers.  I guess the fact that we have great, tried and true, products helps!!  😉

The majority of Super Glue Corporation customers – users of our brands like The Original Super Glue, Pro Seal, Bondini, ZAP, Front Porch Treasures, and Pacer Industrial – are very happy with our products’ performance.  Of course, every once in awhile they write in to ask us to perfect the product more or tweak it for their specific need; or to ask us where they can find our products, but we enjoy hearing these comments as well … they help us improve!

As a company, our roots were with the Remote Control model airplane business (this has now morphed into a whole new arena called drones!) … Many of our products were originally purposed for the hobby end of the industry.  Turns out this is a great foundation as hobbyists are some of the most detail oriented and precise people in the world!  They know what they need, they want what they need and they don’t let up until they get what they need for each part of their building process!!  Therefore, we have managed to build up quite a wide selection of high performance, job-specific products.  Many of these products end up being very multi-functional and work great across many genres!

This is where the fun comes in for us!  Hearing from people who love our products and depend on them for uses far beyond their original purpose …. we never imagined all the crossover uses, but it seems logical once you realize that many of the same issues occur in a wide arrange of hobbies, crafts, do-it-yourself projects and other fields! 

Here’s just one example of a cross-over product use:  FLY TYING!

fly-tying[Photo Credit:  Wikipedia:  Fly tying]

We say, “WELL SAID” to our customer B. Byrd who wrote in to tell us:  “I have used many adhesives for finishing flys and there is nothing on the market that even compares to the strength and virtual invisibility of Zap-a-Gap.  I would like to pass on to beginning tiers to not waste their time trying any other product!”

Thank You!  Once again, a satisfied customer made our day!!

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Don’t waste your time trying other products!! 🙂

 

Model Making: From Dream to Reality

July 25th, 2013
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architectural[Photo Credit:  DesignBoom via Pinterest]

This amazing architectural model from Renzo Piano workshop for the Whitney Museum of Art is just one example of how models are used to transform dreams into reality.

Communication is tough and model making is often used to help people visualize concepts and designs prior to building.  Seeing really is believing!  Architects often use models to show clients exactly how the finished product will look down to some of the most intricate details.

Many of our customers are model makers, both professionally and as hobbyists.  We’ve heard from many architects who write in to tell us how well our epoxies and super glues work for building prototypes and models which effectively communicate design concepts and ideas to customers.   It’s a pleasure to work with people who share our passion for “Adhering to Excellence”!

Recycling for the Birds!!

July 25th, 2013
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Is recycling for the birds?  Absolutely not!!  However, in this case, it may well be for the birds!  🙂

We love recycling!  Consumers tell us repairing, reusing, and recycling are some of the main uses of our products!

This clever idea showed up on Pinterest and we think it is great!!  A broken, Kate Spade, china plate was repaired and then super glued — (we love that verb!!)  to a vase from the dollar store to create a beautiful bird feeder.  What a wonderful addition to a summer garden and a treat for the birds as well!!

Go directly to the VeryHeatherly Blog for step-by-step details on how to make this bird feeder!

Send us your stories on how you use super glue products to recycle and you may win free products!!