Dr. Mike’s Model-n’ Crafter’s Glue
Dr. Mike’s website states this glue as an improved Cyanoacrylate, being fast and very strong and having many applications. Unlike other cyanoacrylates, it will not evaporate in the bottle or clog the tip and can even be left open all day without drying out. The shelf -life is said to be at least eight months. As I didn’t have eight months to test the shelf-life of the glue (the editor’s on my butt as it is), I can’t testify to that claim.
Dr. Mike's Model-n' Crafter's Glue is said to work on wood, ceramics, porcelains, resin, lead crystal, stain glass, fiberglass, acrylics, rubber, ABS, PVC's, lexan, many styrene's, some polyethylene's, brass, leather and many more. As we’re plastic modelers, I only tested it on kit plastic.
I received two samples of the glue. One came in the now standard thin CA glue type bottle with the long nozzle and the other in a smaller bottle with a brush applicator. This second glue has three times the viscosity of the thinner glue and is comparable to a medium viscosity CA. The odor of each glue was reminiscent of CA, but a bit less pungent. Despite the difference in the glues, both of the labels on my bottles were identical. Dr. Mike explained that at the time of shipping, the label for the thicker glue had not yet been received. With the bottle of thin glue comes a push-pin to seal the nozzle, in lieu of the plastic cap. Not a bad idea.
In testing the glue, I glued the fuselage of a plastic aircraft model together using the thin glue. It set-up after several seconds and seemed to have the same bonding strength as standard CA glue. Using the thick glue to glue a fuselage seam, I found I had to hold the parts together for about five minutes before the glue set-up enough for me to let go. I noticed that a bead of what appeared to be melted plastic appeared along the seam, much like when using Tamiya thin cement. Once dry (a little over an hour), I sanded the seam and found the thick glue actually did a nice job of filling the seam. After two glues had dried, I didn't have much trouble pulling the fuselage seam apart glued with the thin glue, while the joint using the thick glue was quite resistant to my efforts.
I also used both the thick and thin glues to attach clear plastic parts from the aircraft kit and neither showed any indication of fogging the clear parts. In testing the thin glue with photo-etch parts attached to plastic, I found Dr. Mike’s to be similar in adhesion to thin CA glue.
While a perfectly decent glue, I didn’t find this glue to really be any better than the CA glues that are currently on the market. The possible exception is the long shelf-life, but I was unable to verify that claim.
My sincere thanks to Innovative Promotions for the review sample.
Reviewed by Mark Glidden, SoCal AMPS
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