Review – Citadel Plastic Glue

TL;DR | Get it.

The Details:

Games Workshop is a company that people seem to either love, hate, love to hate or hate to love.  I love them.  I don’t play Warhammer or any of their IPs, for that matter, but their sculpts…oh my.  Their models are a joy to build, being well engineered, well thought out and well sculpted.  The howdah on my Stegadon’s back even has a slight canting to it, as though it’s moving with the animal.  Great work.  So what’s this about plastic glue?

I was meeting a friend for Warmachine, totally last minute and my Trollblood army was in complete disarray.  Half of them needed to be based, so I thought, “I’ll just do it at the shop while we chit chat”, or something like that.  Does anyone still say “chit chat”?  I don’t unless I’m writing an article, apparently.  Long story short, I forgot my glue.  On the GW paint rack was their special plastic glue.  I knew it said plastic glue but I assumed it was super glue or some other version of CA (cyanoacrylate) glue.  Wrong.  It didn’t do anything except make a mess.  My assumption was wrong.

From my observation it works like this: The glue chemically reacts with the surface of the model, melting it slightly.  This causes the two surfaces of a joint to mix, fusing two pieces into one.  It’s a great solution for areas where pinning is not practical and there’s not enough surface area for a strong bond with superglue.  I didn’t feel like pinning any pieces on this model would have done much good, or as least not enough to be worth the effort.

That being said, it’s a fantastic glue for its intended purpose.  That purpose is building plastic GW models specifically.  This is a good thing.  GW built a system of model building, a good one, and their glue is part of that system.  I’m fairly certain it is not a GW specific glue, it just needs to be matched with the correct plastic.  For example, I’ve not had good results with my Privateer Press models even though they are plastic.  As a bonus, your fingers are not plastic so no ‘instantly bonds to skin’ nonsense.

Let’s move to the bottle.  I have the ‘thin’ version.  Which, unfortunately, is in no way associated with body by nacho.  But the metal nozzle provides all kinds of control and I have very little problem with squeeze out between two pieces.  And since it’s plastic glue, it won’t dry to the inside and clog.  Good stuff.

This is my new favorite modeling glue and I’ll very likely clean the bottle, when it’s empty, and refill it with Gorilla Superglue.  It’s definitely worth keeping a bottle on the shelf.  Now, how about pewter glue?

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