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  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Pottsboro,Tx
Using super glue
Posted by Mars on Saturday, July 08, 2017 10:44 AM

Ive read that in some instances super glue is used. What is the purpose of using super glue over modeling glue?

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, July 08, 2017 10:50 AM

At the most basic, for bonding materials other than plastic. Modeling now commonly mixes brass, styrene plastic and polyethylene resin. "Modeling glue" melts and welds styrene and some ABS plasic, but will not bond other materials together.

"Super glue', or CA as it is referred to, sticks stuff together without melting the material. It is not as strong a bond, but it's the best way to attach resin together, or to plastic. 

CA will also attach together pre-painted parts. 

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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, July 08, 2017 10:54 AM

Hi Mars;

   The use of " Super Glue " is done for many reasons .Primarily to unite a part of one substance to another of a different substance . Example; P.E. Rails , ladders a plastic painted ship model .

 Another example is resin to plastic for the serious upgrade some modelers want . Just remember . Super Glue has no torque strength . If you glue something under tension it's likely to not stay put .

 If you glue two parts together and twist slightly they most often will come apart. It's perfect for many things though . I use it for gluing P.E but also for surfacing a model that's to small to sand right . Just keep some De-Bonder close by .  T.B. 

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Posted by Chemteacher on Sunday, July 09, 2017 10:05 AM
I use it to quickly bond the smaller, fiddly parts. Especially, stuff like pitot tubes, ordinance, and small detail parts in the cockpits.

On the bench: Revell P-51D (pending decals)

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    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, July 09, 2017 10:27 AM

If a tank kit includes a metal gun tube, super glue is required to use it as with anyother metal part. Chrome plated parts need the plating scraped away or you can use super glue too.

Most avoid using super glue around clear parts because it will sometimes "fog" the glass as it cures.

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, July 09, 2017 11:15 AM

Rob Gronovius

Most avoid using super glue around clear parts because it will sometimes "fog" the glass as it cures.


And when that happens, there's no good fix. This can be generally avoided by dipping the clear parts in clear acrylic floor polish.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, July 09, 2017 11:16 AM

I find I get a much stronger bond than with solvent glue.  With the later I need to clamp parts together and let them sit for a day.  That slows down building, and even then I have had some joints fail.

Now, for large joins, like fuselage halves, or wing top to bottom, regular CA sets up too soon for me.  So I use the gel CA.  This takes a few minutes to set, just right for those long joins.  So I keep but regular/thin CA and the gel CA, and use the appropriate one for the size of the joint.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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