This is a quick review of the new tool from Creative Dynamics called the 'Glue Looper', which is a small glue applicator for CA type glue. As far as I can tell this is the first product that Creative Dynamics has put on the market. Even the marketing of the product gives you an idea of how new this is: the company has posted a video on YouTube showing the product in use
that you can check out as well. Creative Dynamics does not have a website at the time of this review so all of those things together should tell you just how much of a start-up this venture is at this writing.
On to the product; the Looper is made from fairly thin photo-etched material and comes on a fret with 12 loopers. You get 4 each of the large, medium, and small looper with each set. The looper is dipped into CA glue (low viscosity thin glue works best and indeed the instructions are explicit in letting you know that is the ONLY type of glue it works with) and then you touch the area where yo want the glue applied and let capillary action take over from there. And that, my friends, is about it, no fuss, no muss.
The instructions come with a few pieces of good advice as well as some things to watch out for in using the looper. First, and I noticed this right off, the looper is very thin. It says a standard hobby knife but one of my old standards would not clamp down enough to hold it tight. It would be really nice if the ferrule section could fold over to thicken it up a bit and make it a bit easier. I needed to use my Tamiya/Olfa handle to really get a good grip but that meant I didn't have it available for a good blade.
The second thing to be aware of is the clogging issue. It will clog after a bit of use but then things get fun. The instructions tell you to hold the looper over an open flame to burn out the old glue. Doesn't get much better than that; modeling, sniffing solvents, and open flame, yeah! Oh, and the best part is that it works!
That is really about it. The price does run to $16.00 or so here in the States with shipping so it may seem a bit pricy for something that most of us have already figured a workable solution for. However, if you are working with something that only needs a tiny bit of CA in a very precise spot this may be what you need.
Conclusion: I assembled the new Djiti's Productions figure of the US Tank Crewman using the looper and it worked as advertised. Glue went right where it was supposed to, it never overflowed any of the attachment points and it kept everything nice and neat. The only question will, I believe, be whether or not the cost is worth it for most modelers; like always, something that each of us will make up our own mind regarding.