Model Cement

Model cement is sold by many suppliers but the most commonly known is Testor's Wood Cement. Note that Testor's and other manufacturer's sell many different types of model cement - some intended for use with plastic and some intended for use with wood. Read the labels before purchasing.

The information provided is general. Always refer to the use, safety and cleanup instructions included with the glue.

Safety

  • Avoid breathing vapors
  • Work in well ventilated area.
  • Avoid contact with eyes and skin.
  • Wear goggles.
  • In case of eye contact, flush eyes immediately with water and seek medical attention.
  • Vapors may cause a flash fire if exposed to open flames or sparks.

Pros

  • Designed specifically for small model construction.
  • Relatively quick initial set time allows rapid assembly of structure although full bonding does not take place for at least twelve hours.

Cons

  • Toxic.
  • Fumes are dangerous if used in an enclosed area. Use only in a well ventilated area.
  • There is a reason that this glue is kept behind the counter at hobby stores.
  • Highly flammable.

Cleanup

  • Remove dried glue from hands and work surfaces with Acetone. Wash hands with soap and water after cleaning with acetone.

How to use

Use in a well ventilated area away from open flames and sparks. The tips of model cement are generally small enough to control the amount dispensed. However, you may find it easier to dispense a small amount on a piece of wax paper and then use a toothpick to apply the glue. Apply a small amount of glue to each surface to be glued. Allow to dry for a few seconds, press together and allow twelve hours for full bonding of wood. Pictures on the Aliphatic Glue page illustrate this technique.