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Aztec chihuahua from Dark Sword or why I hate super glue gel

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Very nice paint up in spite of the mishap. I've always had a love/hate relationship with super glue.

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It looks gorgeous. Have to say that any damage caused was unnoticeable.  I even missed the grass on the base until you pointed it out. 

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Which is kind of funny, for the little that I really wanted to put grass on, but wanted some in the back to cover up under her cloak, it turned out to be tons of additional work. With normal Super Glue I've never had this problem, but the gel, I think it comes out so thick and probably somehow moved around, turned out to be horrible. The photos don't show the problems caused afterwards really, but you can (or at least I can) definitely see it when I look at the figure itself).

 

And why do they call Super Glue super?  It's pretty good glue, but I don't think there's anything that really super about it. I've always heard it was supposed to dry in 30 seconds. I've yet to be able to glue anything with super glue and hold it for less than five minutes and have it stick together.  Maybe I expect too much out of the clear liquid.  It certainly sticks my fingers together in a matter of moments, but not the beautiful metal I need it to hold together as quickly.....

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She is a BEAUTIFUL creation. You have a fine eye for colors & a steady hand with the brush, The cloak resurrected SPLENDIDLYVERY WELL DONE!

 

 

...I've always had a love/hate relationship with super glue.

 

...truer word have rarely been spoke...especially the gel.

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It's a [email protected] pity with the grass going as far down the base as it does.

Of course, it wasn't obvious without the explanation...

 

And of course it's impossible to completely clean the glue off the base without ruining it at the same time.

 

The details are really well-painted.

 

As for superglues...

There are different versions, with different 'activation times', from 2 seconds to 30.

There are also spray 'activators' that you spray on as soon as the parts touch each other.

(I used a lot of that back when I built my RC Gliders. 'Set' the parts together with slow CA, pin or clamp, and then use activator)

 

As far as I know there's 3 things that affect how quickly superglue sets;

1. Temperature.

2. Oxygen availability.

3. The amount of glue.

 

Usually the reason it's slow to activate is that there's too much glue used.

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Glorious work !

you did a fantastic job, and your wife will be all smiles !

Super glue is always a pain in the Elf for me !!

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I don't generally use superglue of any kind for flock. Mainly because once the flock hits it, that's it. Fixed for life.

 

I use white glue, watered or otherwise.

 

For every other application for which it is meant, superglue gel is awesome. Awesomesauce. Super awesome. Very controllable. Use it all the time.

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I use the gel as my primary and see why you had issues with it - it would be very poor for that specific task.  Great if you need to fill a small gap between parts or want a little extra time fiddling something into place.  Both of those properties also being the source of your grief with this particular use because it stayed active and alarmingly mobile. 

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I apply my static grass using a puff-bottle applicator rather than dipping the mini into it.  The gel superglue works very nicely for me when used this way.  I prefer it to a liquid glue because I can push it around a bit with a toothpick to get it just where I want it before I apply the grass.

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I do have to say I did like that aspect of the gel. I was able to push it around with a pin to get it where I wanted to go until I actually dipped it in the grass and then all hell broke loose.

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