Glue is another basic tool. Many of us still use the old standby,
Testors tube glue. But there are many other choices today. The
Testors glue melts the styrene plastic, and when doing this, bonds
them together as one. Almost like welding.
you build kits made from resin, or vinyl, or you're using metals,
such as brass and white metal, then you need a glue like Zap-A-Gap
or Super Glue, which is a CA ( Cyanoacrylate) glue, and makes
a bonding connection between two objects (without melting them).
glues are thin, like water, which will run into thin seams by
capillary action. This fills them and bonds the gaps.
glues are thicker, like a gel, and are easier to keep where you
want them, rather than run down your model or overflow onto painted
modelers have their favorites when it comes to hobby glues. Most
of them are here. If you get a new glue to try, always experiment
with it on some old model parts first to see how it works, and
how it flows.
safe. Always keep a paper towel or cloth handy whenever using
glues to wipe away excess, and to keep it off your hands and clothes.
note on CA Glues - these glues will bond skin together,
or just about anything else, so they should not be used
around children without adult supervision. Be safe.
regular CA glues are thin, and run like water. When used
on a model, they can fill gaps (by capillary action) or
used to glue parts together. Once dry, they tend to almost
invisible when used sparingly.
GEL CA glues are thicker. The advantage to this type of
glue is that it stays where you put it rather than running.
This can be especially useful on painted model parts where
you don't want the glue to run down a painted surface, or
get out of control.
can be used to fill holes and gaps, and sanded and shot
with primer with no issues (at least, none that I have ever