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Preserving Threads in Plastic
By Graeme Nitz
When screwing a metal thread screw into plastic that has already been threaded such as a bogie bolster, turn the screw anti clockwise (ie undo the screw) until you feel the screw drop into the thread and then tighten it up. This stops the metal thread cutting a new thread and ultimately destroying the plastic so there is no thread.


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A Recycled Gluing Jig for Buildings
By Kevin Rowbotham
Micro-Mark sells a magnetic gluing Jig for assembling kits etc.  I liked it but with the cost of shipping to Canada I couldn't get off the fence about buying one.
Then I read where someone had used the top half of the 'chassis' from an old VCR as a gluing jig...this is what I came up with.  I bought some inexpensive magnets from Princess Auto (Canada's Harbour Freight) for less than $10. Overall it has worked pretty well for me.


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Gluing Plaster Castings
By Kevin Rowbotham

When I glue plaster parts together, I use a heavy duty  Wood Glue. I like it a lot better than epoxy because it is not as messy and it is thinner in the joints.
For clamping plaster parts together I started using hot glue. It sticks well enough to hold the parts until the wood glue dries. A few hours later, it pops off pretty easily.


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Using Plastic Containers
By John Whitten

I use plastic yogurt cups as glue pots. Be sure to wash them out before using! Some of the taller ones have a wider base at the bottom which make it more difficult to accidently tip over.


You can get little plastic (tupperware-style) dishes, which normally hold baby food, cheaply from a discount store, which are great for holding small parts, screws, etc. and are easy to label with a bit of tape, and store away when not in-use.


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Replacing Kadee Coupler Springs
By John Whitten
You can use a straight pin to help place the springs on couplers. Push the pin through the middle of the spring and then ease a bit of it out onto the nib of the coupler. Then ease it around to the other nib and gently pull the pin out. It makes placing the springs downright easy. And they almost never fly away. If they do spring, most of the time they spring back onto the pin.


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