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Grignotage Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 8:41 a.m. PST

Some searches of old TMP threads were not definitive, so my question: what glue to assemble old soft 1/72nd plastics?

I recently bought a large number of Esci/Ertl Zulus and British and need to assemble the zulus. Plain super glue did not work.

This product looks promising:

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2017 9:26 a.m. PST

Check this…


Dry time is a bit longer but you will get a great bond with the softer plastic.

Grignotage Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

Thanks for the tip, Random.

Since the stuff I'm gluing (Zulu shields and spears) hold on fine (without handling), set time and what not is not really an issue here.

So you just apply with the little brush, or a pin?

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Apr 2017 10:01 a.m. PST

If you're going to be painting them, I'd give BSI IC-2000 a shot. It's a highly rubberized (contains rubber) superglue that they claim will hold rubber tires on cars. Might work well for soft plastics.

I've used Gorrilla "Impact tough" (another slightly-less-rubberized superglue) on soft plastics and it's worked pretty well in the past, but for small connection points it might not be enough.

Pauls Bods18 Apr 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

To glue stuff like the zulu shields etc I use either Pattex 100 gel or Silicon sealant..the stuff that Comes in tubes.

John Leahy18 Apr 2017 11:49 a.m. PST

There is a superglue that works on soft plastic figs. It comes with an activator. I know it's not from Gorilla (which I love)I'm pretty sure it's from Loctite.

Grignotage Inactive Member21 Apr 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

Thanks for the tips, all.

I gave Elmer's CraftBond Quick Dry Glue a try, thinking at worst it wouldnt work and could be scraped off. Much to my surprise, it has held great! Drop tests to the floor, grubby handling (grabbing several bases' worth of zulus at a time), and applying rough pressure with a paint brush and the spears and shields are still well attached.

Nathaniel21 Apr 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

Loctite and LePage have a all plastics brand of super glue that works really well. It comes with a little primer brush that you put on the surface and then use super glue. The good thing is that the primer stuff works with any super glue, so you aren't limited to the little bottle that comes with the brush.

Tamiya cement won't work on all plastics. 1/72 plastics are often made out of a material that doesn't react with traditional model glues. Some do (Hat, Emhar, some Zvezda) but many don't.

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