Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tamiya Cement - Extra Thin and Regular

These products were being used by Andy at the Andy’s Hobby Headquarters channel on YouTube.  If you have not seen his videos, check them out.  I have linked his channel here.  It is mostly armor.  The videos are very professionally produced, and there is something to learn from each one.

Being curious about these cements, I picked some up.  Tamiya products always seem to be first-rate, and I use cement all the time.  I am currently using MEK as I did years ago.  And, it work well bonding.  It does have a tendency to really creep further than you think it will.  That makes it perfect for parts with long seams to seal like wing halves.  But it leaves something to be desired with small parts.  I apply it with a drafting pen.  If I need something thicker, I tend to use little tubes of thick CA that you can buy anywhere.  CA works great, but it is sometimes messy, will cloud clear parts and it really thickens up after the tube has been open for a week or two.

I have mentioned that I am getting back to building some armor.  My latest projects an AFV Club M24 Chaffee light tank.  There are about a million parts to be glued.  Many of them are very tiny.  Armor kits are generally fully assembled before any painting is done, so you spend a long time removing parts from the sprues, doing whatever cleanup is needed and then gluing them.

I decided to use these glues, and I could not be happier.  The thin cement (green cap) spreads itself along the mating surfaces with capillary action and does it in a well-controlled fashion.  The thicker cement (orange cap) cap be applied in tiny dabs where needed, and it does not evaporate so quickly that you do not have time to place the part where it belongs.

These cements are making the assembly of this model tank much, much easier.  I have a feeling they will be permanent additions to my workbench.


  1. Thanks for this information, it's just the sort of thing that helps in the never-ending struggle to get things right (or, less wrong!).

  2. Thank you. I appreciate the feedback very much.