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Testors Non-Toxic Cement for Plastic Models

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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Testors Non-Toxic Cement for Plastic Models
Posted by Bobstamp on Saturday, August 15, 2020 1:46 PM

I have an old tube of Testors Non-Toxic Cement for Plastic Models. It hasn't dried out, but I've never used it, preferring instead to use liquid Tamiya cements. Is the Testors product useful? Good for particular jobs? It smells a lot like Tamiya's Limonene cement.

Bob

On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:05 PM

Green tube?

IIRC it isn't strong, more of an adhesive than a solvent.

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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Saturday, August 15, 2020 2:09 PM

Sky blue tube, not orange.

 

On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

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Posted by Nino on Saturday, August 15, 2020 6:58 PM

Sort of a lemon smell?  ( No sniffing now..., just a quick open and close past the nose.)

 

If it is the tube I think it is, it works but is still messy.  It does not seem to "melt' the parts together. It works as GMorrison says.  Recommend you use it with younger members of the household while making older, (read: poorer), kits, for fun.

 ( It comes in solid blue too.)

I found a tube in a "Lot" purchase of model ships.  I used it to hold some supports inplace inside a hull.  Supports were not needed once I got the deck on so this "non-toxic" glue was perfect for a temp hold.

 

    Nino

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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Saturday, August 15, 2020 7:06 PM

Thanks for your responses, gentlemen. Yep, it does have a lemony smell. If I offer it to a "younger member of my household," she (my wife) will think I'm nuts. Well, she might not be wrong about that...  Indifferent

Bob

On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, August 17, 2020 9:11 AM

I don't know. I liked the old stuff from the 60's Indifferent now thst stuff smelled good.

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Posted by warshipguy on Monday, August 24, 2020 11:41 AM

Friends,

I have used Testor's Non-Toxic cement in the blue tube exclusively for decades. It certainly does melt plastic parts together, it is not offensive to the Admiral, and it is safe for the kids.  I also use acrylic paints for the same reasons.  I am very satisfied with it and would hate to see it go away.  In short, it works fine and I get to keep building models in the house!

Bill

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, August 24, 2020 12:29 PM

My mom used to buy me that stuff when I was little.  The “toxic” version was not much better, so I used both.

But 50 years later in the 21st century, Tamiya or Gunze thin liquid cement is the way I go.  They both make a lemon scented cement (citric acid based, same as the Testors version), but they don’t hold and dry as fast.

I do occasionally use them to attach non-structutal detail parts when I need time for adjustment.  And on styrene, it works great to add a cast texture when you stipple it with an old stiff brush.

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  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Monday, August 24, 2020 3:11 PM

Real G

I do occasionally use them to attach non-structutal detail parts when I need time for adjustment.  And on styrene, it works great to add a cast texture when you stipple it with an old stiff brush.

 

 Tell me about texture...  My fingerprint is somewhere on every model I made till I started to use thin cement and 560 canopy glue. (Thanks Gene!)

Yeah, the non-toxic stuff is great for those NON-structural details that won't be seen.   And it does hold. Works pretty good on BIG and LONG areas as it does not set-up/DRY so FAST.

      Nino.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, August 24, 2020 4:03 PM

Nino

Tell me about texture...  My fingerprint is somewhere on every model I made till I started to use thin cement and 560 canopy glue. (Thanks Gene!)

Nino.

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Hmm... Maybe that's how I got the inspiration to use it for texturing.  I know the old glue fingerprint so well!

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