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And now, a fibre optics question

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:54 am
by MadManMUC
Hey chaps,

So I learned this week (the hard/inconvenient way) that CA glue and fibre optics are not best friends, by any stretch of the imagination.

Can FO be glued in place with regular model glue (I've got the Revell Contacta stuff), or will I need to pony up for a hot glue gun?

Edit/Update

Well, after a quick test, the answer is an unequivocal 'no' to Revell Contacta. It didn't take long for the FO test strand to go snappy-snappy. :evil:

Re: And now, a fibre optics question

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:11 pm
by mophius
Hot is the only way to go for FO.
If you are quick and good you can slightly bend the FO while the glue is still warm to get it into shape for the LED. I have not managed this yet only snapping the FO causing more problems for later and having to remove the glue and broken FO.

Re: And now, a fibre optics question

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:38 pm
by trekriffic
Hot glue works like mophius said. Also two part epoxy. White glue will work too but it takes a while to dry.

Re: And now, a fibre optics question

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:42 pm
by MSgtUSAFRet
MadManMUC,

Another alternative for attaching fiber optic strands to an LED is UV light cured acrylic.

Here is a link from Walmart to give you an idea of what I am talking about.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lazer-Bond-R ... e/49528413

Here is another link: https://www.neweasy.com/product/5-secon ... 7GEALw_wcB

I haven't personally used it yet (I have a Republic Star Destroyer that needs fiber), but the theory of it looks promising and inexpensive.

Keeping you informed,

Steve

Re: And now, a fibre optics question

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:26 pm
by trekriffic
MSgtUSAFRet wrote:Another alternative for attaching fiber optic strands to an LED is UV light cured acrylic.
Here is a link from Walmart to give you an idea of what I am talking about.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lazer-Bond-R ... e/49528413

Steve


Interesting. I wonder if it would work for making windows?