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Magnetic Gluing Jig
Magnetic Gluing Jig, 10-1/4 Inch Square
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Magnetic Gluing Jig, 10-1/4 Inch Square
Part: 60304
Size: 10-1/4 inch x 10-1/4 inch x 7/8 inch



Introduction
Years ago I became irritated while trying to assemble a less than well-engineered model. My clamps and plates could not hold the corners at right angles. Applying glue lead to lots of mess along the seams that blemished the exterior surfaces. I needed a tool and found this plate in Micro Mark's catalog.

Magnetic Gluing Jig
This jig is stamped with 21 gauge steel plate annelated with a rainbow-brass finish. Most of my projects of 1/24 and smaller fit well within the 10-1/4 inch x 10-1/4 inch work area. With sides of 7/8 inch flanges you have room to clamp and hold for most assemblies. The sides are bent up at 90-degrees.

The plate includes magnetic holding plates that keep components together squarely while glue dries. Each piece has a plate glued to the magnet while the other is free to slide as you need it.

Experience
Although I wish it was bigger the majority of my projects fit within it. Although stamping the metal did not produce knife-edge perpendicular bends, they are sharp and straight for my projects. Two flange corners have slight but noticeable curves to them. Two corners are open, by design, to allow angled parts, peaks, etc. It also allows you to butt a model corner up into them and use liquid glue without fear that capillary action will suck glue out onto the external surface.

The eight included magnets hold well. They will not break your fingers snapping to the jig, yet they hold tight. Tight enough that repositioning them for fine work is tricky. Not all magnets hold as powerfully as the others. The sliding side plate on each allows some adjusting to meet specific fits. I haven't needed that feature.

Summary
If you need to keep a corner straight, this jig is very useful. It is heavy enough that I don't worry about denting it. The magnets grip tight. Not all the bends are a precise 90-degrees and a couple flange ends are slightly deformed.

Overall this is well worth having on your workbench. I don't know how I got along without it for all those years! Happily recommended.

Please remember to tell vendors and ,manufacturers that you saw this tool here, on Railroad modeling!

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SUMMARY
Highs: Tough, smooth surface. Magnets hold well.
Lows: Not every corner or bend is a perfect 90-degrees.
Verdict: I can imagine building models without this system. It is a great tool.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:1
  Mfg. ID: 60304
  Suggested Retail: $29.95
  Related Link: Extra Magnetic Plates
  PUBLISHED: Apr 24, 2012
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 81.00%

About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2017 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.


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