Talk about a sticky situation! Choosing the right glue for a project can be challenging. The days of Velpon and Britfix 77, when you were gluing a model and strands of jelly gum draped off your model are long gone. These days, when you’re building a kit, you are using plastic cement or even better, plastic weld.
No matter the appropriate nomenclature, when you apply plastic weld or cement, you are actually melting or fusing plastic together. That said, there is still a bunch of products out there that have different properties for different uses. Some are slow drying, others are too fast and when applying, by the time you have brushed on the liquid and put the brush back into the bottle, the cement has already dried or evaporated and you have to start over the process.
Many years ago I found a certain “glue” and when I used it on the fuselage halves of my Airfix Wellington, the next morning to my horrid discovery, it left a sink line over the entire length of the model. For days it kept eating away until I finally gave up sanding. Nothing is worse when you hold a model to the light under a special angle and you notice a shallow difference, especially when you already slapped paint on it. You’ll end up with two sinks. One on your model, the other in your stomach!
Good news however! Squadron Products has a plastic weld under their brand name like no other (SQ9070 found on Squadron.com). It comes in a 1 oz bottle with brush cap and I have been experimenting with it since last month on my projects. For my part I believe it has the top four elements that you should look for in a plastic cement.
- There is “time” to apply it.
- It dries fast…but not too fast!
- It doesn’t leave any sinkholes.
- And it is sand-able within one or two hours of drying time.
The latter is important, especially when dealing with fuselage and wing halves on airplane models. Another characteristic with this weld is that you can blend Squadron Putty with it, or any other putty that is lacquer based. This comes in handy when you have to apply putty in tight corners or spots that are difficult to reach.
Squadron tries very hard to look for ways to make our hobby more enjoyable and put products in place that really work and do the trick. Personally, we are very excited about Squadron’s plastic weld. Not only because it works great , but because we believe our model brethren will be just as pleased as we am. This hobby has come a long way and it keeps getting better!
I still have a few ancient tubes of glue in my collection. Not that I will ever use them again, but they just remind me of bygone days treasuring the thought of gluing my brother’s fingers together when he would get on my nerves. Fun times!