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Novice modeler made a big mistake

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  • Member since
    April, 2017
Novice modeler made a big mistake
Posted by Mjn2ts on Sunday, April 02, 2017 1:55 PM

So, as the title says, I'm just getting back into modeling and I messed something up. I'm working on a Revel B17g 1:48 and I missed a step. I glued the wings together before I put the landing gear assembly in and now I can't get it in. I glued the sections together using 'Testors non-toxic cement for plastic models'. Is there a way to loosen this glue so I can separate the wings a little? 


  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, April 03, 2017 12:50 PM

Hi Mjn2ts ;

     I have found that this is ( forgive the pun " a sticky situation " ) I use Tamiya's liquid glues and sometimes if I do something like this , an application of the same glue will weaken the joint enough to correct the problem .

    Now with the glue you used it might not work . How long ago did you glue the wings ? I ask this because , I have found that an application of Testors liquid will help you seperate the wing halves .

   That and a very sharp ( New ) X-Acto number 11 blade applied to the leading edge joint and carefully rotated into the joint , the length of the wing , will usually work . On the trailing edge it will be tricky , so be very careful .  T.B.

  • Member since
    May, 2012
  • From: Arizona
Posted by pilotjohn on Monday, April 03, 2017 5:03 PM

You may need to resort to a razor saw.  Most of the plastic glues actually "melt" the plastic together so there is not really a joint anymore in the traditional sense.  We have all done it.  Good luck.


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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, April 03, 2017 5:21 PM

I'm not familiar with that model, but I've done that before. On purpose. To make painting easier.

Tanker-builder, that sounds like a glue bomb in the makingDevil

See if by cutting off the pins on the landing gear, or... you can horse them in there and then add some short pieces of tube of something. Unless you are headed for a contest, nobodies looking up in there.

  • Member since
    January, 2017
Posted by ecotec83 on Monday, April 03, 2017 6:59 PM

Haven't used testors glue since the early 90's but if its anything like the testors orange plastic cement one I used as a child you may be able to serperate by carefully prying or knifeing it apart. I remember simply looking at some parts and having them fall off models. If it is really melted together scratch building parts may be the best option.  Had to do that myself last week after glueing a tank hull together without putting the machine gun and mount into the body Censored. Tamiya xtra thin does not come apart once dry.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 9:44 AM

That is one advantage of CA (super glue).  You can buy a debonder that dissolves the glue joint.  Just glued a complex mast on a model ship day before yesterday.  The mast was super fragile with a lot of PE on it.  Yesterday I noticed I had glued the mast on backwards!  I was able to use the CA debonder to get the mast off the ship without breaking anything, and loosening only a couple of PE parts.  Today I will glue it back on, hopefully in the right direction :-)


Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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