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    What is the proper way to glue tissue lettering to my model?


    @rubberpowered wrote:

    What is the proper way to glue tissue lettering to my model?

    Hello rubberpowered

    Short answer – Cellulose thinners, – ??

    Now the long answer to your short question – sorry about that! 🙄

    The best and easiest way is not to use any glue at all! Messy stuff! Yuk! Ugh!!

    With your letters cut out and checked for position, height, width and spacing, finish the doping of your component, wing, fuselage, tail, whatever.

    Offer up the first letter to its verified location and using a very fine brush lightly loaded with pure cellulose thinner, just touch one end/corner of the letter to fix its position.

    Add more thinner easing out any wrinkles that may develop until the letter lies nice and flat. It will be fixed in 10 seconds or less but there is enough time to move it if you are careless with your work.

    Now continue with all the letters in the set according to their pre-determined locations.

    If you are dis-satisfied with the position of any letter they can be flooded off and redone but using great care, its best to “get it right the first time”.

    When the thinner has totally evaporated, just brush over the lettered area with a thin application of your normal finishing coat. Eg – banana oil or what have you?

    No need to re-dope the whole component – it just adds weight. 😯

    Use exactly the same technique to fix name and address labels to each of your components so when/if they get lost you increase the chances of recovery.

    As for the name labels, print them out on a regular ink jet printer with the tissue taped to a sheet of A4 paper for stability.

    All the above process work for jap tissue of all types and modelspan of course.

    I can’t say it would work for any of the fancy new-fangled plastic coverings but being predjudiced, I don’t go there anyway. 😳

    There are loads of other personal preference processes within the essays on my website. Go there if you are ready to be bored to death. 😆


    When you are done with doping your wing or whatever it is just dope them on in the correct position.


    This is done precisely as Ramon says to do it.


    What suggestions do you have for making your own letters?


    First I either design the letters I want or select a font I like. Then I print them full size on regular copier paper. I then tape several layers of tissue nice and flat onto a cardboard backing and tape the pattern sheet over that. I made a little rotary cutting board with a selfhealing cutting pad, a piece of 3/4″ plywood and a lazy-susan bearing. I put the tissue stack on the cutting board and put a nice fresh blade in the Exact-o and go to work. Before I stick the letters or whatever down, I pinch the edges of them where the blade sort of curls from the cutting. This keeps the edges flat until they’re stuck down. That’s it

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