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It’s im­por­tant to get the mat­ing faces of each joint as flat as pos­si­ble so that the parts marry up neatly. Flat files are great for ren­der­ing the edges straight and true, but take care not to re­move too much ma­te­rial. Al­ways test the fit of the parts be­fore ap­ply­ing glue. With a set square to check the an­gle, one end of the van can be fixed to the floor by run­ning the liq­uid poly ce­ment along the in­side of the joint. The bond will be strong enough af­ter a few min­utes to al­low assem­bly to pro­ceed, adding one side and the other end. If the parts don’t meet per­fectly, in­ter­nal re­in­force­ment is pos­si­ble us­ing plas­tic strip and an­gle.

Check align­ment be­fore clamp­ing the assem­bly with mask­ing tape. Work­ing on a sheet of glass en­sures that the wagon is truly square, which will be es­sen­tial when the chas­sis and wheels are even­tu­ally added. Al­low the body to cure overnight be­fore in­stalling the roof. To al­low for a greater de­gree of ad­just­ment, a slower dry­ing glue is em­ployed. Run a fine bead around the top of the sides and ends. Place the roof in po­si­tion and check that the over­hang is even on all sides be­fore clamp­ing with another strip of mask­ing tape to hold ev­ery­thing to­gether while the ad­he­sive cures. Fill any gaps with putty.

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