Lepage All-plastics super glue.

​As quoted by the manufacturer:

LePage Super Glue All Plastics is a two-part cyanoacrylate adhesive that sets in seconds and develops tremendous strength with just one drop. The activator primes hard-to-bond surfaces such as polypropylene and polyethylene. No mixing required. Simply prime and glue. Super Glue All Plastics dries clear and sets without clamping. It is resistant to water, most chemicals and freezing temperatures. Bonds Difficult to Bond Plastics such as Polyethylene, Polypropylene and PTFE/Teflon®

Some 3D-printed plastics are hard to glue. This will glue to at least one type.

Other uses include, for example, bonding a 4-slot and 1-slot battery holder together to create a single-piece 5 battery holder.

All-plastics is available from Home Depot and others.

"Model Boats Magazine" article by Peter.

Planned club meetings this quarter will be on Tuesdays at 7:30pm on 14th April, 12th May, 9th June, subject to any COVID-19 health restrictions.

Read the article in the February edition of Model Boats by Peter. Peter describes obtaining the plans of a suitable boat, the steam engine and boiler, and the construction of the model.


Reproduced here by kind permission of the Editor.

Deluxe Materials Exe-Kote

​As quoted by the manufacturer: Eze-Kote is a 1-part water based foam-safe, low odour, resin alternative to epoxy. Brush onto balsa and light glass cloth to create a tough, ding and fuel resistant film that can be sanded easily and painted after 20-30 mins.

This product has the advantage that, because it's a one part product, any of it unused after an application can be poured back into the bottle for later use. Its disadvantage is that, because it's water-based, shipping during freezing weather may affect it.

It is stocked in Canada by Great Hobbies.


Remembering Bill Turner.

As a follow-up to Paul's review of adhesives at the last meeting, here are a few more. They are not as commonly used by most of us, but in some situations they have advantages.

 You guys know I have bitched enough about the noisy gear drive Mack drive (4:1) in my Ned Hanlan tug.  The Mack drive was 4:1 ratio - total over kill for a large prop and my usual slow speed operation at the pond. My plan has been to replace it with a smooth quiet belt drive and I put this challenge to Bill Morrison who came up with this creative solution.


The O ring belt drive pulley arrangement provides 2:1 ratio and runs virtually silent enabling good scale steam engine noise (IE zero) versus the loud drive gear train that sounded like a "rattely" diesel engine.

The new standard Johnson 540 motor needed to be offset to the side to enable easy adjustment of the drive mount enabling accurate belt tensioning. Bill had the right sized industrial quality O rings and provided 3 spares which I doubt I will ever need. 
All components were machined and installed by Bill 

On Saturday 7th March 2020 the club lost a 35 year member. Bill had been ill for some time fighting cancer.

​Bill was an extremely active member of our club and our hobby. He could be found at many, if not all of our events; many times in the company of his wife of many years, Sandy.
He always had a smile and a kind word for all that he met, and had a strong passion for our club and our hobby. 
Steve M. shared some memories of Bill:
 - Bill was the fifth annual recipient (2012) of the CMM Dave Locke Award, which was presented to club members in recognition of their service and commitment to our club.
- Bill lent me his wife’s Fairwind sail boat one season to race, which allowed me to win our club’s top sailing honours for that season. He was as proud as I was, for his boat doing so well that season. With Bill sailing his own Fairwind and me sailing Sandy's, there were a few races in the beginning where we would both get confused as to who was controlling which boat!
- Bill and Sandy very generously hosted a series of building workshops over the past few years in Bill’s garage which he had converted into a workshop years ago. He and Sandy were happy to see our group arrive, and were very gracious hosts to those attending the workshops.
- Bill had a great manner with people, putting them instantly at ease. He was especially effective at our public events meeting with our visitors. 
- He was a regular attendee to our Thursday evening coffee session at one of the Burlington Tim’s, even though he lived in Hamilton. 
He is going to be missed by all who knew him. Our hobby has lost a great contributor as a builder, and as an ambassador for all model boaters.

          Doug recalls an occasion when 2 barges were built for the club by him and Bill, working in Bill's workshop. Bill decided to do some spray painting. The overspray landed on the barge with the white stone. Bill was having a fit over it when Sandy came out and helped him clean off the over spray that had landed on the barge. 

          One of the tasks Bill took upon himself was to set out the markers for our sail races at the farm pond. He would do this either in his kayak or an old paddle boat. At the end of the season he would take them all in, clean them up, and be ready for the next season.

          He was very proud of his model of the USS Missouri. Amongst the details that he added were a couple of helicopters that he had found in the correct scale. He fixed one up so that the rotor blades would turn. One day, so the story goes, during a show at Limeridge Mall, a young kid told him that they were Russian helicopters. Not to be outdone, Bill pointed out that it was the Russian delegation who were present on board for the Japanese surrender at the end of World War 2!

(Who cares that the Russians had no helicopters then?)

            Another model that Bill frequently brought along to a sailing session was his "Wee Willy" rescue boat. Fitted with a capture fork at the bow and flashing lights, "Willy" carried out many rescues.

          Bill will often be remembered for fiercely fending off the joshing he received over his enthusiasm for "Liquid Glass".  Bill housed his Missouri in a plexiglass display case that acquired several deep scratches. He applied several coats of "Liquid Glass" and the scratches disappeared. From then onwards, Bill became the most enthusiastic advocate of the benefits of "Liquid Glass".

PC-11 epoxy.

As quoted by the manufacturer:PC-11® thrives in wet environments. It is resistant to water whether it is fresh or salt. Ample open time allows tooling or positioning in order to tackle larger and challenging jobs. When mixed, the epoxy, part A (white) and the hardener part B (lt. blue) react to form a bond of tremendous strength and flexibility. The PC-11® formulation is slow curing, but slow can be a good thing especially for large tasks.

PC-11® is  a thick paste. Thick is good if you need to work vertically or want to hold an object in place. How thick? Not quite as thick as peanut butter. Its advantage for modellers is that it won't run like liquid types. Its disadvantage is that it will stick to your mixing stick or applicator, and tends to leave spikes of glue (same as you get with Goop). The best way to get a smooth glue surface is to press polyethylene plastic (the stuff Ziploc bags are made from), over the glued joint. After it has set the plastic can be pulled off cleanly.

PC-11 is available from Home Hardware.

Member's modelling activities - Peter's "Ned Hanlan"

Tips and tricks - Adhesives follow-up.

Methyl Methacrylate glue.

This type was recommended by a waterjet manufacturer for glueing it into a model boat. It is a two-part glue, and its advantage is that it will glue almost anything, including joining two metals instead of welding.

It has a couple of disadvantages. One is that it stinks, it really has to be used outdoors. Another is that it seems to be impossible to find in stores and has to be purchased via Ebay or otherwise on the internet.

​It hardens within minutes.

Recent events - Hamilton Boat, Fishing & Outdoor Show, 28th February - 1st March, Warplane Heritage Museum.


Confederation Marine Modellers

The set-up Thursday evening went well, due the great turn-out of volunteers who participated.

All three days were busy for our group, evidenced by the fact that we took in $300 in donations from the attending public for the Hamilton Boys and Girls Club. Our booth was rarely without at least 2-3 children running both the bumper boats and the pusher tugs.  

The take-down did run later than planned as we elected to continue operations on the water until closing time at 5 p.m. Our central location at the show then caused difficulties in getting the water out of the pond, related to access to power and access to a drain. We also elected to do a thorough job in washing down the liner (on both sides) once we were done pumping out the water. We now have a new bag for storing the liner so it will stay clean in the off season.