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Jon Phillips
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Been awhile (30+ years)since I have done any model building. I see lots of comments about getting some nice cutters to remove the plastic parts. I am a Amazon Prime member and came across these:

http://smile.amazon.com/Hakko-CHP-170-Maximum-Cutting-Capaci...

Any feedback on if they are a good choice or not? Price is right and reviews are good. I see a bunch of different ones from Xuron for twice the price but I honestly don't know how fancy I need to get.

I am also reading that model glue is a good choice over super glue. Are there fancy types I should consider or is something like this a good choice?

http://smile.amazon.com/Cement-Glue-Value-Pack-Testors/dp/B0...

Thanks for the feedback.
 
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Those clippers work fine. Then again, so do toenail clippers if you ask me.

I would advise against testor's model cement, unless you are trying to get high.
(Don't do drugs, kids!)
Normal super glue works fine, like loc-tite or krazy glue. I like Extreme Power Adhesive. Liquid works better than gel for me, but stay away from the extra thin stuff; you will get more on your fingers than on the model. And it burns.
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Both look fine to me, the only thing extra I needed was a scalpel too (exacto knife in American?)
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I am also a first time modeler, so had to buy some prep items as well.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018OIS3S/ref=oh_aui_detai...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005CA7S/ref=oh_aui_detai...

No idea how well they work but will find out this weekend.
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macgowan wrote:
I would advise against testor's model cement

This is the plastic cement Jason Hill uses in his demo videos.
To each his own I guess.
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I use those clippers for models, as well as electronic stuff, I have 3-4 of those exact ones, and can highly recommend them for this!

I use Loc-tite brand GEL super glue. I have run the gamut of glues, like most of us who have been playing with plastic for 30 years... and I think the gel super glues offer the best mixture of control and quick set time.
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Personally, I don't use clippers. I simply use an exacto knife and a self-healing mat. Works great for both getting off the sprue and any cleanup. There are a couple of thicker places on the sprues that the knife needed a little extra work for, which makes up for the fact there are also some pretty thin connections (and awkward connections) that clippers wouldn't work very well for.

I normally use superglue for models, and it works fine. However, I have found that superglue tends to dry slowly, and not be very adhesive, in warm temperatures. If you are in 90+ degree weather, I'd suggest looking into gels or cement rather than regular superglue.
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Cornbread46 wrote:
I use those clippers for models, as well as electronic stuff, I have 3-4 of those exact ones, and can highly recommend them for this!

I use Loc-tite brand GEL super glue. I have run the gamut of glues, like most of us who have been playing with plastic for 30 years... and I think the gel super glues offer the best mixture of control and quick set time.

Yes! That Loc-tite Gel in the blue squeeze tube is the stuff.
I've been using and recommending if for years.
 
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I like the Gorilla brand superglue, inexpensive and LOVE the applicator tip. Gentle squeezing allows very small amounts to be applied, and squeezing the sides of the bottle when upright sucks all the glue out of the top and back into the bottle. Keeps everything clean and free of gunk.

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Just make sure you use gorilla SUPER glue, kids! The regular stuff expands when it dries and is a great way to wreck a model.
 
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