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  • Member since
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  • From: Quebec, Canada
What glue do you suggest for plastic models?
Posted by ww2Xplorer on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:55 PM

Hi everyone.

I am tired of my Testors glue bottles. One is stuck and I opened another one and have difficulty to make the glue come out.

What glue do you suggest me to buy that is easy to use and wont get glued completely after each time?

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Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:21 PM

I like Tamiya's Extra Thin Cement. You can put both pieces together, then run a thin line of cement along the seem. Very easy. Some will say it's expensive... 

 

 Bruce

 

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:27 PM

Not sure which Testors glue you're using, but their clear liquid cement in the brush-in-the-cap bottles are pretty easy to use.

A lot of the folks here...including myself...use Tamiya's thin cement. It's a bit more volatile than the Testors stuff, faster-setting and generally cleaner to use.

The 'thin' is useful because you can just touch it to a seam, and it will be drawn in through capillary action. Faster, cleaner and less waste.

[Sorry, hogfanfs, I didn't see your reply...or I wouldn't have just repeated everything you said...Embarrassed

Good advice, though....]

Greg

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:20 PM

Tamiya Extra Thin gets my vote too.  If you put things like fuselage halves together and leave a tiny gap between them, you can touch the brush to the joint, hold the gap open for about 20-25 seconds, then push them together, you'll get a bead of melted plastic along the seam that you can just carefully scrape away with a knife 24 hours later.  It eliminates the need to fill seams in a majority of cases and minimizes having to replace details lost to sanding.  Its great stuff and I'll never go back to the other glues I have tried.

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Posted by ww2Xplorer on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:44 AM

I saw this Tamiya extra thin but at 23$ I find it expensive. What do you think?

Tamiya

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:01 AM

Yes, it can be expensive, but, I've been using the same bottle for the last two years. You don't use as much as you would with gel glue. Also, Testors had a thin cement, and I'm sure there may be others at different price points.

 

 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:57 AM

$23.00 is about 5 times more than anybody should be asking for that.  Sprue Brothers has that same bottle for $4.80.  Try to avoid places like Amazon for things like paint and cement...there are a lot of scalpers selling that kind of stuff on Amazon.

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:03 AM

ww2Xplorer
I saw this Tamiya extra thin but at 23$ I find it expensive. What do you think?

Just my humble opinion...but unless you're attaching tiles on a space shuttle, there isn't a glue on the planet worth $23 for a bottle that size.

It's probably wise to always check hobby & craft outlets online first...then go to Amazon as a last resort. Some of their 'vendor' prices are truly outrageous.

Greg

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Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:47 AM

I believe the OP lives in Canada, so there will be an exchange rate, but, I agree, and should have said, $23 is way too expensive for cement.

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:50 AM

Hi There;

       What is the problem? I have Never had a problem such as you describe. I have used Testors for over fifty years without problems. I do have others Such as Tamiya Thick and Thin. Both very useful. I also use the following for certain projects. "Faller brand" Super-Expert in the metal tipped squeeze bottle,  And Citadel Plastic Glue. It's got a needle applicator too. Both are hard to keep clear, but only in the needle, Got it when I went to build some WarHammer figures. Thought I would give it a try, Lastly I have A 2 oz. Bottle of Flex-I-File brand for my Lexan and Polycarbonate sheet( Showcases).It is also useful for all other applications.

     Now you being up in our northern Neighborly country, How much of a difference is there in regular brand pricing? $23.00 for Tamiya Glue. Oh No, that's a ripoff!, even if that includes shipping. I would say find your glue at any kind of Craft Store Chain you might have up there. It's bound to be way cheaper.

    Your Testors sounds very old. How often do you use it? and is it the Bottle? Or are you not cleaning the top edge of the bottle and inside of the lid after use and then making sure it is tight and won't leak. 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:17 PM

Many.  I use Tamiya thin solvent cement when I need long setting time.  I use both thin and gel CA (loctite brand)- thin for perfectly fitting joints, gel for ordinary joints.  I keep epoxy on hand for strong bonds on dis-similar materials, white glue for wood, cardboard and paper, and UV hardening glue for transparencies.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:38 PM

I use Tamiya Thin and Testors black bottle with the red label. I use Testors for large surfaces and long, wide joints.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by Caveman on Friday, January 22, 2021 3:44 PM

You are in Canada?  Try these guys!

https://www.greathobbies.com/productinfo/?prod_id=TAM87038

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, January 22, 2021 6:22 PM

I use just three, Tamiya Extra Thin-green cap, sometimes Tamiya-orange cap,dries slower, and Gorilla CA glue

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Posted by TheDemiGod on Friday, January 22, 2021 8:59 PM

ww2Xplorer

I saw this Tamiya extra thin but at 23$ I find it expensive. What do you think?

Tamiya

 

 

For the love of God, do not buy any hobby tools or kits through Amazon. They charge too waaay too much compared to most online hobby stores like scalehobbyist, spruebrothers, and others.

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Posted by the Baron on Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:15 PM

ww2Xplorer

Hi everyone.

I am tired of my Testors glue bottles. One is stuck and I opened another one and have difficulty to make the glue come out.

What glue do you suggest me to buy that is easy to use and wont get glued completely after each time? 

I use Tamiya Extra Thin, and I also use Testor's liquid cement in the black plastic bottle with the long dispenser nozzle.  I have never had any problems with that particular Testor's product.  Which Testor's glue are you talking about?

I also use the old-school Testor's tube glue, for some applications.

In any case, for styrene models, I use cement made for styrene, and not cyano-acrylate (CA) glues.  I prefer the weld bond, which glues made for styrene give me.

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Posted by rcguy on Saturday, January 23, 2021 8:27 PM

Like everyone else I use Tamiya extra thin,extra thin quick set and Tamiya regular white cap cement. 

MR.Cement has a good range of cement as well and similar to the Tamiya line.

All are readily available in Canada from a number of sources and range from $5-$7 a bottle.

 

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  • From: Silverton,Oregon,USA
Posted by TheModeler on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:00 AM

ww2Xplorer

I saw this Tamiya extra thin but at 23$ I find it expensive. What do you think?

Tamiya

 

Where did you find that price?On eBay,It's 5 dollars plus 4 bucks shipping(Check it out:https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tamiya-87038-Extra-Thin-Cement-40ml/373092269173?epid=9017639111&hash=item56de083c75:g:pz0AAOSwkARdr4i3),I bought the same exact one!Also,look for the ones that say "Tamiya AMERICA" on them,that way you won't be overpaying for imported cement.

Thanks,TheModeler(Novice Mode{Just for nowWink})

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 3:43 PM

TheModeler

Where did you find that price?On eBay,It's 5 dollars...

Yeah, that's about what I paid for a bottle at a local shop.  Certainly shouldn't be twenty-three bucks.

I wonder what happened to the OP? It's been a month since he posted, and he hasn't replied.

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Posted by TheDemiGod on Saturday, February 13, 2021 2:36 PM

Let's see... I use all these:

Testors red tube glue

Gorilla Super glue (blue cap)

Tamiya Extra Thin liquid glue

Plastic Magic 10 Sec Cement (liquid glue)

Plasti-Weld 

Zap CA glues (thin, medium and thick)

Does it really matter which one is recommended? Not really. It's your choice what you choose.

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