How to assemble polyhedra without glue?

Glue or double sided tape?
So far, we have actively used glue to assemble polyhedrons from the Magic Edges sets. Moreover, we strongly recommend using Super-PVA glue.
But are there alternatives?

Some of our readers have expressed a desire to abandon the use of glue, and indeed, you can stop using glue without changing the design.

One of the solutions is to use double-sided tape (adhesive tape), first proposed by video blogger Alhovik Dmitry.
Polyhedron model assembly scheme - Truncated dodecahedron:

Polyhedron model assembly scheme - Truncated icosi-dodecahedron toroid:

Polyhedron model assembly scheme - Ninth stellation of icosahedron:

What can I say?
Looks good!

Are there any objections to using double-sided tape “everywhere”?
Yes, there are!

The fact is that Dmitry has a very high level of skill in the assembly. You can even say that he has “golden hands”. Each gluing operation is extremely accurate, and there are no errors. Therefore, for him, double-sided tape is indeed a fair replacement of glue.

However, for most of our readers, we recommend that you continue to use Super-PVA glue.
Why? The reason is that the adhesive tape will not forgive mistakes the way that glue does. If you do not accurately glue the parts with glue, you can fix it. You have some time to move the part until the glue hardens. Adhesive tape will not give such an opportunity. If you have fixed the item in the wrong place, then the item will have to be separated by force. This can distort the whole structure.

Of course, you can argue about how long a taped structure will remain stable and intact compared to glue, because tape is not inherently as strong as glue, but each approach has its own strengths and weaknesses.

In the end, we’ll leave it up to you to decide!

©  18/05/2019


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