One of the first issues of FSM gave a formulation for making your own
glue. Testors said we can't advertise in your magazine with these types
of articles; I can't blame them. Laquer thinner or acetone may help
thin your cement, unless you can find toluol.
Am 13 Dec 2005 15:46:47 -0800 schrieb "The Keeper":
Don't use toluol - it is (imho) a bit too aggressive to your health.
and nearly all lacqer thinners need much too long time to cure, and so
will 'eat' your models
The best working self made thin and fast polystyrene glue I ever had,
was a bottle of chloroform with some clear PS and SAN (sprues from
modelling trash) dissolved within, so it couldn't dissolve too much of
the model while curing :-)))
BTW: DO NOT sniff at the bottle - else you will soon become addict to
it, and your liver (and other organs, too) will suffer seriously.
cu, ZiLi aka HKZL (Heinrich Zinndorf-Linker)
"Abusus non tollit usum" - Latin: Abuse is no argument against proper use.
Vollmer Plastic Cement uses toluol.
Testors uses Methyl Ethyl Ketome (MEK).
Tenax (and few others) use Methylene Chloride.
They are all nasty chemicals, but we still use them (in ventilated
rooms, I hope).
Plastruct Cement used to be made with Chloroform, but they've changed
the formula. Chloroform is not all the healthy either...
Thanks for all the advice. Guess what I`ll try first is buying a new bottle
and using some of that to thin the old stuff down.
Problem is, I can`t buy the cement locally so I have to get it online and
the postage is more than the cost of the glue so I usually end up buying a
couple of kits as well to make it worthwhile and... wait, that`s a good
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