AMMO by Mig Jimenez-- Instant Dry Cyanoacrylate and Debonder
Normally I would be reviewing these products separately, but considering they came in the AMMO care package together and they are technically used in conjunction with each other, I thought what's the harm. The Cyano 21 is a multi-purpose cyanoacrylate glue that creates a strong bond with materials such as plastic, metal, wood, and resin and other like surfaces. The Debonder is in a 20mL bottle and this liquid solvent allows modellers to eliminate those annoying traces of cyanoacrylate adhesive that remain on the surface after building. The debonder has no detectable odor that I can tell and the CA glue is typical of the type so try to use in an open air area as best as you can. The debonder also comes with a built-in brush in the lid which makes application very easy.
The glue works as it should-- unlike the Slow Dry variant which gives you plenty of working time, this is much faster acting. It works great on attaching PE to plastic as I have used on the new Academy Panzer III. I also used it on a stubborn Polar Lights figure kit with great results. It is much thinner than the Slow Dry and more apt to run easily- getting on your hands and fingers if you're not careful. Both varieties work well and they've become a staple in my building.
Which brings us to the debonder. I glued a resin whiskey barrel to a scrap styrene base I had lying around. It worked pretty well in helping me detach the barrel. As far as removing the residue left behind however, it didn't completely remove the large drops I had left over as you can see.
I decided to do some further testing-- I used a sample credit card like what you usually get with junk mail. I applied a drop and a thin streak of AMMO's Instant Dry, the Slow Dry, and also a sample of Loctite gel CA glue. After it all dried, I applied a generous amount of debonder to each and waited five minutes as per the directions.
The Loctite was next to the yellow drop of paint- and it for the most part came off pretty well. There is a slight bit of residue where the drop was. To the right side of that was the Instant Dry- and it did not come off all too well at all. The drop sort of smeared and the streak left a rough patch. Up top along the number indentations, the Slow Dry came off a bit better, but not as well as the Loctite. I am not sure if the sample card was of a similar surface to a model part, but it does appear to be similar to sheet styrene. Maybe someone else would have better results- but I followed the short directions on the bottle.
The Instant Dry CA worked as it should- and I have no reservations in recommending it to the modeler, or even just the average person fixing some broken pottery or whatever else may break around the house. It is thin so just watch the amount you apply- a little goes a long way. The debonder was a little finicky. I imagine if you're a careful modeler who applies small amounts of the CA at a time, that it would work as advertised. But in the small streaks and drops I tried (as one who had an accident or a spill might encounter), results were pretty mixed. Maybe a tutorial by Mig or another modeler at AMMO might be helpful to better explain the uses of the debonder.
Recommended for any modeler or fixer of broken and busted parts.
Thanks goes out to AMMO by Mig Jimenez for this review sample.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves
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