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Glue Question
Posted by Hawk on Monday, May 29, 2017 9:22 PM

Quick background, I'm returning to plastic models after some 37 + years off. After reading thur all I can find here about glues I have more questions then answers. Back in the 70's thru 80's it was much simpler.

Are there any articles out there that address the glue question? What to use where, whats changed over the past 10, 20 or so years?



Christopher Hawkins

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Posted by mississippivol on Monday, May 29, 2017 10:21 PM

Welcome to the gang, Chris! FSM has had articles on that subject. As for me, I typically use three types, model cement  (Tamiya Extra Thin in the green label bottle is my staple), super glue (any brand), and water base; think Elmers, but I use Aleenes Tacky glue which is strong enough to build doll houses! I've even used Future floor polish, which is called something else these days, to glue canopies on.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 8:27 AM

Hi Chris ;

   This can be a loaded question . We all have our favorites and then have experimented with others . I use Tamiya Green Label now . I used to use Testors liquid . I like the Tamiya better as it seems to be hotter ( i/e it sets quicker , it seems ).  

  I do use Aleens white glue exclusively for paper , wood and P.E. . This stuff is like iron when done . I use Elmers too . Learned that from a Model RailRoader .You can make small windows with it ! 

     I still use Testors , but only if it's something that might need adjusting within the first ten minutes or so . I do NOT use Pledge Future Multi Surface polish for anything anymore .

   I just never had that much luck with it .The old formula was okay - I used it on a review model for Our club .It was bright silver and looked great . Now it's a metallic brownish beige ! Yes , It yellowed badly over time .

  Using it to gloss a decal location before overspraying with a clear - coat of flat or gloss is good . I have use other glues such as those put out by the various Plastic and Acrylic sheet mfgrs . That stuff ain't for models !

     Good luck to you . Find your favorites , stick with them , But don't be afraid to try something new . The hobby and it's adhesives and paint is constantly evolving .  T.B.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 8:29 AM

I keep several types of glue at my workbench.  My go-to is the thick (gel) CA. I like it because it has a longer working time than regular thin CA, and allows gaps so I do not need to ensure surfaces meet perfectly before gluing.  I keep epoxy on hand for areas where I need a really strong bond, and areas around canopies and windows.  CA fogs clear plastic.

Lately I have tried that laser hardening glue for transparent areas and like it. It does not fog, is stronger than white glue or proprietary canopy glues, and is easier and quicker to use than epoxy.

I use white glue sometimes for small PE.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Silver on Friday, October 13, 2017 12:33 AM

Ten-x7 welds stronger 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:38 AM


Ten-x7 welds stronger 


than what?

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Posted by Eagle90 on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:46 AM

Hey Chris,  I asked the same thing when I got back into building.  The old orange smelly tube from Testors was all I used (could afford, LOL!).  I would suggest you do the same thing I did when I got back one of everything, try them out, and figure out what works for you and your building style.  Don't worry about them going to waste.  LOL!  I still have some of the original ones I bought and use them for different occassions.  My go to is the Tamiya green label, but I still use the Testors bottle glue and actually have a tube of the orange stuff!  I have slower acting ones too for the big builds.  Using Tamiya green label would be a bit hard for say the 1/72 B-36 wing!  So just grab you a few different ones and have fun with them!

P.S. this goes same for the paints.  Try a few different brands and see which one is to your liking.


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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:17 PM

That's about the best advice you could get.


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