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Glue Questions

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  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, June 6, 2022 4:52 PM

These are all good questions.


As a warm up, I suggest you pick up some cheap old kits, like Tamiya armor, and practice with glues and application. The models you see in this mag/ site are the tip of the iceberg of a lot of previous efforts and experience gained, usually the last round of several builds of the same kit.

You can do that too, just give yourself time to get a feel for it.

The Plasti-weld I am familiar with is designed to glue PVC together. It's right for things like Plastruct and plumbing, but not styrene. 

Testors liquid cement is good, as is Tamiya Thin and Extra Thin, Tenax and several others.



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  • Member since
    September 2021
Glue Questions
Posted by NervusTwitch on Monday, June 6, 2022 4:29 PM

I have some questions about glues and using those glues.

For the past 25 years Ive have done nothing but cars. Now as a kid in the 80's I put together many military aircraft, mostly modern jets and back then all I used was the Testors tube glue. With the autos I used that and a bottle of Ambroid Weld that is now gone.

I got a couple types recently of Mr. Cement.Testors Liquid and I have a bottle of Plast-I-Weld. Hopefully these work well.

Now for the question.

Ive been watching some vids of some building modern fighter jetts since Im currently about to start on the Tamiya F-16CJ kit. Ive noticed that with glue they are using are the types that look simialr to the Mr. Cement  stuff that they are also running beads along the outside joints.

EX: Where the wings meets the fuselage,stabilizers,upper and lower fuselage halves are joined.

My previous experience when trying planes as a kid, you never wanted to get any glue touching the outside that shows since it just melts into the plastic.

So how does builders use these liquid glues on the outer parts without it melting plastic or looking like a glue bomb?

What exact type of glue are they using?

Does the glue not melt, and go "invisible after drying?

Im kind of confused to how Im seeing it done vs. what I have always known and learned to be a "Dont DO"?

So any info,advise just anything on the subject would be great. I dont want to mess up my kit. Plus Ive been away from modeling for the last 6-7 yrs and alot seems to changed in supplies availability.

Thanks and sorry if its a long rambling post.


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