Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sounds of Construction in Malvern, part 2

After getting the building cut to size and seeing that it will fit the location, the next job was to add the styrene corrugated siding.  Never having done this before it took a little planing to skin the building.  I adopted my woodworking skills here again and started laying out the sizes so as to optimize the four sheets I had to work with.  As I was doing this I began to wonder what would be the best glue to use for the siding?

I did some research and posted some question on the forums as to what others have used.  Rich used CA glue to stick his siding to his buildings but I hesitated about the lack of time needed to position the pieces.  Others offered ideas of using CA glue, wood glue, liquid styrene glue and water based construction adhesive.

I liked the water based construction adhesive idea the best but had hard time locating any locally, It's made by Titebond,  Green Choice Construction AdhesiveWhat I came up with was a water based adhesive glue made by Loctite called "Stick'N Seal"  Basically it's a heavy adhesive caulk, similar to their PowerGrab caulking.

I applied it like contact cement, applying it to the surface of the building, then pressed the styrene to the surface and then removed so it could dry and tack up a bit.  When I reapplied the siding to the surface it attached with a strong grip, but yet it gave me enough time to position each piece.  It works like a slow setting contact cement.  
I picked up some windows and doors from Tichy Train Group and cut out holes for them to fit.  Before gluing the siding into place I used a black Sharpie marker and colored the surface where the windows would be and then glued the siding in place.

The corners came out pretty good for my first time but I might go back and either try to fill them or cover them with a corner bead once I get things painted.


  1. Allen,

    That is one solid building and a good use for the scraps of cabinet grade plywood.

  2. You bet! Better than going into the burn barrel.
    Not only is it solid, it's also easier to keep the building square. No need for clamping jigs.
    Thanks for the comment Brad.

  3. Thanks for the tip on the Loctite glue. I will need to pick up some before I start my building projects. Looking good Allen!

  4. So far it's been working good. One thing I wish the tube had was a smaller tip.

  5. Looking good!! Giving me my drive back to tackle a like minded project

  6. Great! Looking forward to seeing those new hoppers that you'll need...... >:)

  7. Hi Allen
    I have used a similar process on my Santa Fe Railway Southern Division. I used MDF and CA for the adhesive. If I can offer one suggestion that might help is when adding the siding, overlap the corners on one side and then with a new flat file just file the excess off once the glue has set. The corners come out nice and flush with no gaps.
    Nice building.

  8. Hi Rod, thanks for the input! I'm always open to suggestions.
    When I was laying out the first piece that thought occurred to me as well. I got kind of lucky with the over laps after that as most fell pretty close with the corrugations, so when I cut them I didn't have to overlap too much. What little there was came off pretty easy by scrapping them with a sharp knife. The first one had a bit of a gap, so I made sure the others didn't. I was able to fill the first corner with a bit of the glue and smoothed it off. When I added the facade I did leave a bit of an overhang and took it off with a small file as you suggested, worked like a champ.

    I'm still not sure I could work with the CA glue for fitting the larger pieces. It just scares me that it can bond too quickly. Do you use a standard CA glue or is there a slower setting CA glue?
    Have you ever had it release over time?

    Thanks for the comments.

  9. Allen use whatever you are comfortable with. I use a cheap CA that I purchase from the local $2.00 shop 10 tubes for 2 bucks although I did check the other day and now there is only 8 for $2.50 that's inflation for ya in China.
    Check out my Ford factory it is done with MDF (cuts nice and square) and board and batten siding. It looks like Cladding. A few downpipes to cover the joins and hew presto.
    keep up the good work.

    1. Rod, thanks again for the info!
      I like the idea of the downspouts to cover the joints!
      Do you have a link to your Ford factory? Would love to see it.

  10. Hi Allen
    My blog is
    or go to Rod Warrens Santa Fe Railway Southern Division.

  11. Looks to me like I have some reading to catch up on.
    Thanks Rod!