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Does any hobby supplier make a plastic cement with metal applicator tip anymore?

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Does any hobby supplier make a plastic cement with metal applicator tip anymore?
Posted by ScaleModeler_1973 on Monday, August 30, 2021 4:13 AM

I use Tamiya thin for most of my smaller joints, but I have been using the same bottle of Model Master plastic cement (since I started scale modeling a few years ago) for longer joints requiring more glue. Alas, this bottle is almost empty. And I see that Model Master is out of business and/or this product is no longer available from them. I've been searching online at major hobby suppliers, but I can't find anything comparable (the metal tip applicator has been really helpful to me, because I tend to make less of a mess with it when gluing). I have tried using brands with plastic tip applicators, but these are difficult for me to work with (again for the reason that they disgorge too much of the glue/are hard to control: the worst are brands where you have to snip off the end of the plastic tip...). Any suggestions for this 'klutzy' builder? Many thanks for your input.

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Posted by Pawel on Monday, August 30, 2021 5:19 AM

Hello!

I'd suggest you keep the bottle you like so much and refill the contents with some other liquid glue. Best thing would be lacquer thinner - you can get it really cheap and it does a good job. Look for a thinner that has "butyl acetate" or similar stuff in the contents - that stuff does a beautiful job melting plastic and one big bottle will last you for decades.

I personally use a nail lacquer bottle to hold glue, but I replaced the original cap brush with a dental microbrush and this allows for a very precise glue application.

Good luck with your builds and have a nice day

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Posted by jeffpez on Monday, August 30, 2021 5:49 AM

Revell Contacta is available and has the same long needle like applicator as Model Master does. I saw it on display at my local shop and bought some and it works great. My only problem is that the tube sometimes gets clogged. I have a long thin wire for clearing clogs that came with Model Master years ago and have had to use it several times. Maybe the problem is that I don't use the liquid cement very much because I much prefer Tamiya extra thin. 

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Posted by Space Ranger on Monday, August 30, 2021 5:17 PM

Faller makes such a cement, and you can usually find it at model railroad specialist shops. Its consistency is between liquid and tube glue. I find it perfect for major assemblies such as wings to fuselages. Comes in an orange bottle.

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Posted by EdGrune on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 6:38 AM

I've seen 17 ml 'eye dropper type' squeeze bottles at the local hobby lobby with metal dispensing tips.  Go to the artist paint & brush aisle 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 1:10 PM

You could also get needle oiler bottles and just put your favorite cement in those.  The only catch is that you would need to make sure the plastic the bottle is made of is compatible with the cement, which I think most of them would be.

I have tried the model railroader stuff mentioned by Space Ranger because I thought it would give me more control.  But, for my uses, I found it to be no easier to control than the old brush in the Tamiya cap.  Your mileage may vary, of course.

I just use Tamiya extra thin on long joints, closing the joint an inch or two at a time.  If you hold the pieces being joined so you have a tiny gap between them and tap the brush to the gap, it'll flow out from there through capillary action.  After that, you just hold that gap open for about 20 seconds while the cement melts the plastic and then press the pieces together to get a thin bead of melted plastic along the joint.  Get that technique down and you'll have very few gaps that have to be filled later.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 2:24 PM

Humbrol also does a model cement in a plastic dispenser that has a syringe type metal needle.

 

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Posted by ScaleModeler_1973 on Thursday, September 2, 2021 2:16 AM

Thanks to all for chiming in with the many possible solutions to my (completely solvable) 'problem'... 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, September 5, 2021 4:08 PM

Hi;

 Faller and another company( They have not been in my inventory to long yet) Are the best I have found that way. The Second one is the consistency of a slightly thicker orange Bottle tamiya. It is put out by the gamers suppliers.I think it is Citadel?

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Monday, September 6, 2021 11:48 AM

Watch Crystal Cement, available from MicroMark, comes in a tube with a really fine hypodermic needle, and a cap with a very small guage wire in it, to re-plug the nozzle.

 But I only use this stuff for attaching clear parts, like canopies.  I would not use it as a general building cement, as it dries very slowly and remains slightly flexible forever.

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Monday, September 6, 2021 3:24 PM

I used Revell Contacta and found both the glue and the applicator to be very good.  However, the needle clogs up very quickly - is there a way of dissolving the dried-up glue?

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

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Posted by Space Ranger on Monday, September 6, 2021 5:37 PM

Hutch6390

I used Revell Contacta and found both the glue and the applicator to be very good.  However, the needle clogs up very quickly - is there a way of dissolving the dried-up glue?

 

I just use a piece of music wire (old guitar string) of appropriate size to unclog mine. I've heard of folks using a Bic lighter to heat the tip to melt the clog, but I wouldn't advise it. Soaking the tip in lacquer thinner might work, also.

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 2:11 PM

Space Ranger
I just use a piece of music wire (old guitar string) of appropriate size to unclog mine. I've heard of folks using a Bic lighter to heat the tip to melt the clog, but I wouldn't advise it. Soaking the tip in lacquer thinner might work, also.

Thanks, Space Ranger, I'll hunt around & see if I've got some suitable wire.  I don't use lacquer thinner, but I've got some "Mr Tool Cleaner", so I'll give that a go (should have thought of that myselfEmbarrassed).  I don't think I'll try the lighter, though.

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

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Posted by The Lt387 on Friday, October 8, 2021 8:00 PM

So I could have wrote the same question as I still have my model master glue with ss syringe tip. I hope it lasts forever but I know it wont so im getting out ahead of it. I use Tamiya thin but i like the MM for the delay and that tip. ANYWAY, I just ordered the Faller Expert from amazon. I will report on it soon. I just started the 1/35 Academy AH1 Shark Mouth. YAY!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, October 10, 2021 10:41 AM

Aha!   

      I have been using the Faller product for some time now. Not Sorry either. Liquid, Mr Model ? and some stuff I got that was unlabeled.

  

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Posted by PhoenixG on Thursday, October 14, 2021 3:31 PM

I've had the same bottle of Model Master glue for the last 25 years (gives an idea of how often I build models) and love it for all the reasons stated.  For those dealing with the needle clogging, I found a simple solution that has worked without fail.  Which is good, because I lost the wire for clearing it 24 years ago. :)

When you are done glueing leave the cap off, stand up the bottle so the needle is vertical and let it stand for a few seconds.  This lets some of the excess glue drain back into the bottle.

Then gently squeeze the bottle.  A little of the glue will flow out but if you are careful only what is in the needle come out. Should really be only a couple of drops worth. Wipe it off with a paper towel or rag.  Repeat till nothing comes out and then immediately cap it.

After a little practice you can probably get it down to once to clear the needle and once to verify nothing is coming out.

I've been doing this for years and haven't had a single clog.  Hope you have the same luck with this method that I have!

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