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      Post #68607, posted on 11-17-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Here's the next I hope to finish after the 727-100 silver American Airlines
      circa1964. I started this kit, thanks Ben, and it's now about ready to paint.
      I still need to purchase the decals from Draw Decals. These don't take long
      to build but I get to a point where I have a few stacked up waiting paint or
      decals then life cuts in and I have to play handy man and Mr Fix It. Oh well
      here's where I am at so far---John







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      Post #68617, posted on 11-17-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Very nice....

      In the cockpit photo it looks like clay? being used the hold the weight at the nose??

      I've never used it but have heard bad stories of people using clay/Plasticine where it starts to leak out the seams etc. I usually use 5 minute epoxy to anchor my weights. I consider it a legendary story but someone one used putty to weight the nose with the expected ruined droopy fuselage :-(


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      Post #68620, posted on 11-18-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I have learned the hard way Squadron putty (either green or white) in excess can melt injection molded plastic. For nose weight, I use pennies taped together.

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      Post #68623, posted on 11-18-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      If itís of any interest I make nose weights from lead strip held in place with Blu-Tack. (Iím in the UK, I donít know what Blu-Tack is called in other countries). Some of my models are fifteen years old and nothing has ever leaked or melted.

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      Post #68627, posted on 11-18-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      A sporting goods store will provide many options, including sinkers used for fishing (which come in all different sizes and weights).

      About 20 years ago I bought a 20-pound bag of birdshot used for reloading shotgun shells. For the average modeler that is a lifetime supply (I still have most of a coffee can full of it two decades later and who knows how many dozens of models I've used it on). You can glue it in place with CA or mash it into a ball of epoxy putty, and it provides plenty of weight. Since it's lead, of course, you have to be careful with it and be sure you wash your hands after handling it.

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      Post #68629, posted on 11-18-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hope someone does an Allegiant sheet for the new MD-87; the MD-83 titles are too large to fit.

      Never put off for tomorrow what can dry overnight

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      Post #68630, posted on 11-18-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks, I have used modelling clay most of my modeling career
      starting in 1964. NEVER had a problem, I also super glued the
      lead tire weight, but wanted some extra insurance. It seems a
      lot of modelers over at HS use modeling clay also. Are you referring
      to some bizarre synthetic clay?---John

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      Post #68632, posted on 11-18-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I used oil modeling clay once, and it melted the nose off my model. Never again.

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      Post #68635, posted on 11-18-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      How long after you put the clay in did it melt the plastic. What brand
      clay and what brand plastic? I believe I heard this elsewhere but in my
      53 years I never had it happen to me, just my good luck. I did as a kid pour
      tons of Testors glue in a fuselage once and it had ill effects.Ooooopppsss
      just noticed, whats oil modeling clay?---John

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      Post #68638, posted on 11-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      It was decades ago. I have no idea. But I know *lots* of other people who have had the same experience. Maybe you're just lucky. But there are about a million other ways to do it that don't pose any risk of melting the model, so why risk it?

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      Post #68639, posted on 11-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Modeling clay (at least in the US) by definition is oil based. It never dries.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modelling_clay

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      Post #68640, posted on 11-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I use Plasticine as nose weight for all my models without any problem. It is a clay-like substance which is inert, non-toxic, oil-free and is child-friendly. It is available in the UK from the likes of Hobbycraft and Toys R Us. I'd be surprised if it wasn't available in North America, perhaps under a different name?

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      Post #68641, posted on 11-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I know petroleum oil will melt plastic, stuck some oil in a plastic
      water jug once and guess what? But there are synthetic oils, natural oils and wax.
      I have no idea what's in my clay but it refuses to melt the fuselage off!
      So onward I go, maybe when I am long gone it will "melt" off.---John

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      Post #68643, posted on 11-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      You guys do whatever you want to. I *know* that super glue, 5-minute epoxy, and epoxy putty won't ever (ever, ever) melt or react with plastic, and I **know** they will keep stuff in place forever.

      Whatever works for you.