What’s the best glue for paper card models from Metcalfe etc

William Doran's Metcalfe kit.Few model railway questions have such an absolute answer as this.

If, like many railway modellers, you build paper card kits from Metcalfe and others you may be wondering what the best glue for assembling them is.

I’d never really thought about it to be honest. I’d always just stuck with the obvious: good old PVA white glue.

This stuff has so many uses on and around a layout I hadn’t considered there might be another, better, option.

That was until this very question was asked on on the Model Railway Engineer Builders community.

Of the 20 replies offering suggestions no less than recommended Rocket Card Glue.

I’ve not come across this particular glue before so I investigated. A quick trip to Amazon confirmed the the groups recommendation.

It’s less stringy the UHU, faster setting than standard white glue but stays tacky for long enough to allow slight repositioning of the card and the 79 reviews on Amazon were all positive.

  • “probably the best glue of its kind”,
  • “the best card glue I have ever tried”, and
  • ” brought this item for use on metcalfe models and it works perfectly”

Say it all. In fact, the only slight negative comment was it’s price.

So if you’ve downloaded some free paper card kits, or picked up the free one given away recently on a model railway magazine or have purchased a kit from Metacalfe or Superquick get yourself some Rocket Card Glue (or on this link if you’re building a model railroad in America). I’d love to hear if you agree.

> See the shop for deals on Metcalfe card kits.

Photo, William Doran of a Metcalfe paper card kit. Reproduced here by kind permission.

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3 comments
  1. I found the best glue for me is Anita’s Tacky glue. It is easy to control, dries quick, and clear, and is not expensive. I buy mine from the Range

    • Hi Janet, I tried that before and for some reason it didn’t hold the card but will give it another go when I’m next near a Range store. Thanks.

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