Review - Tools - The Glue Looper by Creative Dynamic LLC

Product Review: Creative Dynamic LLC Item #101; The Glue Looper (12 folding
etched blades); retail price $15.00 ($12.99 plus $3 shipping direct from C
reative Dynamic LLC - snipped-for-privacy@creativedynamicllc.com)
Advantages: Finally a good way to use low viscosity ACC cements
Disadvantages: none noted
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all modelers using ACC for attaching small parts or dis
parate items together
By now most modelers use some variety of ACC cement to assemble multimedia
kits or attach items like brass or resin to older kits. But use of those c
ements can be tricky as some have relatively thick (high viscosity) composi
tions and are easily placed on the object; others, usually "hotter" (e.g. f
aster drying) ones are low viscosity and very difficult to get both in plac
e and in the proper amount. The most difficult one I have which I use is a
brand called "Dr. Mike's" which is nearly impossible to use straight from t
he bottle.

A number of techniques are available such as fine pointed tips or extensio
n tubes, but the root problem is still how quickly the cement runs out and
where it goes once out of the bottle. Using a dauber such as a toothpick fr
om a puddle may help but this usually doesn't carry enough low viscosity ce
ment to get the job done.
Analyzing the problem, Creative Dynamic has created a perfect tool for the
purpose - the Glue Looper. What it consists of is one of three different s
ize loops at the end of a highly modified craft knife blade attachment that
uses surface tension to carry a more useful amount of low viscosity cement
to where it is needed.
At the AMPS 2015 show this year CD owner Ken Alfter and his partner Ann we
re on hand and demonstrate the tool in action. She would pour out a small a
mount of ACC on a scrap of styrene, dip the Looper in the cement and then t
ouch it to where it was needed; if it was a seam between plastic or other p
arts once touched it would break the surface tension and the ACC would flow
down the seam, sealing it nearly immediately. While I suspect it will stil
l be difficult to attach very small etched metal parts with this method (no
t enough "footprint" on the part) it is a very neat and handy way to attach
nearly everything else.
To clean the tool Ann simply picked up your basic rock-concert-quality BIC
lighter and burned the tip clean.
The tips are all made of what appears to be etched stainless steel and are
quite thin; for proper seating in a craft knife handle they have a doubler
at the back which folds over so the handle can properly grip the tool.
CD also offers a bespoke craft knife handle for $5.00; this is a padded ha
ndle with a rear adjustment locking knob that looks to be quite comfortable
for use as a general purpose craft knife as well. They also recommend Merc
ury Adhesives M5T ACC cement which they also offer for $3.50 for a 10 cc bo
ttle.
Overall this is a really nice idea and one I am going to be happy to use t
o deal with fussy parts in the future!
Thanks to Ken and Ann for the review samples.
Cookie Sewell
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