When I was a kid I remember at one time the only cement in the local drug store was a tube of "non-toxic, odor free cement". The clerk told me it had an ingredient called Limonene that kept kids from getting high. Later I learned that it was added to remove the irritation caused by the odor of the chemicals in the glue, with the added benefit that it did supposedly keep abusers from getting any unintended benefit from the glue. All I remember is that wherever I tried to apply the glue, I ended up with a mess of spider web strings, and the glue really didn't work that well.
Roll forward 30 years, and as I was looking for model kits for my kids, I saw Tamiya liquid model cement in a 40ml bottle with Limonene added. It is marketed as non toxic, safe to use, and still strong bonding. As I have used Tamiya extra thin cement for some time, and liked the product, I decided to try a bottle of this cement to see if it would be safe for the kids to use.
The glue bottle is the standard 40ml squared bottle, with a distinguishing orange cap. I opened the bottle and very carefully smelled the contents. The citrus odor is prominent. The applicator is in the cap, a clear plastic tube with clear nylon bristles. The cement appears to be thick in consistency, and is more for spreading onto the parts before joining rather than wicking into gaps.
The brush is a clear plastic tube with clear bristles, and is quite large. Compared to the brush from the extra thin cement, it is huge. Because of the clear material, it is hard to see how much cement is on the brush. It holds a lot. If taken from the bottle and applied directly to a model, cement will be running all over the place, so it would be best to replace the brush with a spare from a used extra thin bottle, or use a fine paint brush.
I tested the cement by assembling two M4 bogie halves from the spares bin. I applied the glue to one side, pressed them together, waited five minutes, pressed again and then let it sit for 30 minutes. The glue does not work as quickly as the extra thin, but after five minutes, I did get the melted plastic/glue to squeeze slightly out of the joint. After 30 minutes I pulled the two halves apart and could see there was a "melting" effect on the surface of the plastic. While it doesn't create a strong adhesive bond as quickly as the extra thin cement, it does work and will hold a model together, and there was absolutely no spiderweb mess to deal with.
As mentioned above, this glue would be ideal for those who are sensitive to the odor of standard model cement, or for younger modelers, with proper adult supervision. It is a definite improvement over the old non toxic cement of the past.
I purchased the glue online for about $4.00 US. From shopping around, it can be had for from $3.50-$5.00 US, before shipping.
Highs: No spiderweb mess, and much easier to use than a tube.Lows: Slower adhesion time, huge applicator brush. Verdict: Good for those who are irritated by regular cement.
About Russ Amott (russamotto) FROM: UTAH, UNITED STATES
I got back into the hobby a few years back, and wanted to find ways to improve, which is how I found this site. Since joining Armorama I have improved tremendously by learning from others here, and have actually finished a couple of kits. I model to relax and have fun, but always look to improve. ...