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I’m finding the Citadel brand plastic glue doesn’t last very long (dries up) when not used regularly, and also a bit expensive.
Can anyone recommend a good brand of plastic glue that lasts a while and a bit more reasonably priced?
And also suggestions where to find it (i.e which stores sell it, or a website, etc).
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I think Tester's makes a good plastic cement, but the big brand for it is Tamya (may have butchered that name, not sure how to spell it)
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The cheap $2 for 2x 3mL super glues I get at the local grocery store has served me wonderfully for over 15 years. The generic brand name changed all the time but the glue inside was still killer. Sometimes if I go to asian dollar stores I can score 5 of them for $2. I never liked the GW plastic glue. It's expensive, takes time to dry, dries out in the bottle and I'm not convinced that its "plastic melting" qualities are worth the price. Sure, my cheap glues might dry out sometimes, but I didn't pay $12 for it, I paid $1 each. My cheap generic brand name super glue did, does and continues to do the job.
Just buy a bunch of cheap super glues and see what works. Some will not work good, you just have to experiment.
I started using Revell Contacta polycement quite a few years ago and I've never looked back. The applicator nozzle is fantastic for applying just a small dab of glue in exactly the right place. With a thin tube, it never dries out and it's easy to clean the nozzle too (just take the tube out, run a wire through it).
I use Humbrol's glue. Half the price of the GW stuff, fairly sure you get more glue in the pot and the nozzle is almost needle thin to give acurrate application without downing the join in glue.
I generally use tester's because it's cheap and I find the tube easy to work with. However, when ever I can, I try to use plastic weld...usually on scratch built stuff though or shoulder joints. The weld is harder to apply, but once it's together it's basically one solid piece of plastic.
well lets break this down.
3 GPB = ~5 AUD
So 25g = $5-6 but 20g = $11
Depends on shipping charges although they will be little to none due to the final package weight.
Edit: Now to find a cheap but strong and fast drying super glue. The replacement I got is pathetic, you have to apply it to both surfaces, leave for 5 mins, then put them together and even then it doesn't work. Sad thing is its by Bostik XD
Last edited by Pyromaniac605; June 11th, 2010 at 01:41.
I actually use 3 different plastic glues, depending on the situation. Testors Model Master cement in the black bottle with the steel needle applicator is handy for precise work, bonds well, and basically cannot dry out. The tiny nozzle plugs and self seals pretty quickly if you leave it open by accident.
Tenax 7R and Ambroid Proweld are my overall favourites - both are completely liquid (not thin gels or whatever, water thin), both last a long while if you're good about not leaving them open long, and they both fuse the parts wonderfully. Tenax is more aggressive in a smaller bottle, so I use it for detail work, while Ambroid is slightly less aggressive but comes in a bigger bottle, making it good for larger joints.