Tools for model railroads: a parts holder and a glue station for working with small parts and pieces.  Help for scratch building prize-winning model railroad models
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Samples of small parts that need to be glued in place.  These are part of a circa 1870 wooden passenger combine with clestory roof.

Doors and windows for a scratch-built old- time wooden coach

          

Here are a couple of quick ideas for the next time you have a project where many small and tiny pieces are involved.  This would include trestle bents, fences, doors windows and a host of other small parts.

 

The first is a holder for small parts.  The other is to hold small amounts of glue and a few small scraps of paper to use as a gluing surface

 

Both of these projects are built in an hour or two and can make the tedious job of gluing easy and neat.

    

The parts holder is simply a 2-5/8 x 1-3/4 x 1” box weighted by pennies to 8 ounces.   This prevents the box from being knocked around by desktop activity and in a pinch, the box itself can be used a weight to hold the parts of a project to the desktop as they are glued.

 

 The top has a 1/8” layer drilled with holes that are a “press fit” for cups or holders. 

 

This holder is also useful for coupler springs and beads

 

Small parts holder
An aid for scratch building prize-winning HO scale projects
handy for kit-bashing, or anything with small parts
Also doubles as weight for holding parts down

An aid for scratch building prize-winning HO scale projects
handy for kit-bashing, or anything with small parts
Also doubles as weight for holding parts
(2) sizes of  cups shown

    

   

The cups can be of any convenient length.  I have a supply of various lengths that can be interchanged as dictated by the project and the size of the parts involved  

   

Make cups from straws, wire nuts, or even brass telescopic tubing.  Look in your friendly hardware store or parts box for even more ideas.

 

You can even use the cups for painting and detailing small parts.

             

  

  

This glue caddy provides a place for a small scrap of paper and two cups.  The cups hold small amounts of glue or small parts. The lid is removable to provide a storage space for spare cups and paper.

 

A small amount of glue is placed on the paper. A toothpick is then used to transfer a tiny amount of glue to the surfaces to be glued together.  An alternate method is to hold a small part in tweezers and dip it in the glue.

 

 

 An overview of a Glue Caddy used to scratch building
Used to hold small parts and to provide a small surface
can be used with Walther's goo, ZAP ACL instant glues 
or white glues such as Elmer's.

You should note the deep lip inside the base.  This will hold the lid in place as well as the paper. The paper can be changed periodically as required.

The dimensions are not important; any convenient size will do.  The Scrap pieces of Lath board and basswood sheets were left over from previous projects. The main thing is to provide a deep lip near the top.  This will hold the lid and scraps of paper in place. 

Top View of the lid without the paper.

The lid is cut to fit inside the lip.  The top shows the two holes that hold the cups.  Note that this hole can be used to push the cup out when a different cup is required.  The two long braces help keep the lid from warping.

Underside of lid.
Note the reinforcement strips to help prevent warping of the top.

This view shows the paper and cups stored inside.  I will admit to having a whole box full of these stored in another area but one re-fill usually lasts through several projects.

This view shows the paper and cups stored inside.  I will admit to having a whole box full of these stored in another area but one re-fill usually lasts through several projects.

View showing both small parts holder and glue caddy.
The parts holder is weighted to serve double duty.  It can also
be used to hold parts down as they are being glued.

The cups can be used to hold small parts before they are needed. They can also be used to hold a small amount of glue.  
I find I can prolong the life of "instant" ACL glues such as ZAP
by placing several drops in a cup and then putting the glue to one side.The ACL remains usable for as long as half an hour.  

The cups can be used to hold small parts before they are needed.  They can also be used to hold a small amount of glue.  I find I can prolong the life of "instant" ACL glues such as ZAP by placing several drops in a cup and then putting the glue to one side. The ACL remains usable for as long as half an hour.

Scratch Building a prize winning model can be a lot easier with this glue caddy and a small parts holder I use a lot of Elmer's Glue-all and Carpenter glue, Walther's goo and ZAP CA.

    

     

   

   

 

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07/24/2012