It has been a while since I wrote about lessons that I have learned in the hobby (mostly learned through mistakes). The previous one was about Army Building and how I had lost my spreadsheet that I use to write my lists. The good news is that I found the USB drive that it was on, and the file has now been backed up to my desktop computer! Now it is time for another lesson!
Back when I started in the hobby, I was still in college. Since I was operating on a very limited budget, I tried to only buy the bare essentials that I needed. Also, I was a bit of a “closet gamer”, so didn’t really have anybody to help me along or mentor me in the hobby. Most of what I learned was from GW publications.
When you are in the hobby, you tend to need to glue stuff together and there was mention of super glue and plastic glue. I figured that super glue is renowned for sticking stuff together so why do I need to buy plastic glue? Over the years, the super glue hasn’t really lived up to my expectations, with many of my models needing to have arms glued back on. It does a great job gluing my fingers together, but it doesn’t seem to be as powerful on models. I have tried various kinds of super glue, but haven’t really found any that live up to the reputation, at least when it comes to miniatures.
Being unsatisfied with my results using the super glue, and constantly being reminded about plastic glue from GW’s model assembly instructions, I decided to finally pick some up. Although, admittedly, I picked up 2 tubes of Testors from Wal-Mart, rather than the GW brand. However, I have been using that ever since. It really seals the plastics together. I think that I remember seeing/hearing somewhere that it creates a chemical reaction that actually melts the pieces of plastics together. However it works, I have been very impressed with its bond and wish that I had tried it sooner.
Obviously, I still need super glue for the metal models that I have, but I am still searching for a good kind. Let me know if you have any recommendations.
Plastic glue is superior to super glue when gluing plastics together