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Debond Testors Model Cement?

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While I'm debating whether this step in the aft part of a wing joint is my stupid mistake or just another issue with this 1984 Japanese Sci-Fi kit with too many moving parts...any thoughts on de-bonding this kind of glue? I have the usual assortment of hazardous fluids... :)

 

The wing is attached to a currently free-standing "engine" nacelle which has its own set of parts which were joined using Tamiya Extra Thin. I'd rather not jack it up trying to get this apart.

 

--David

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I am not sure if I am understanding your dilemma correctly, but if you are trying to debond Testors (or Tamiya Extra Thin), to seperate the parts, hit it with the Tamiya Extra Thin . It is so potent a plastic solvent, it will re-dissolve the weld. But be careful. This process can be messy and you will have to clean up the surfaces which were formally mated when the glue dries! Nick Filippone

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It's the Testor's cement joint that I need to separate. There's two somewhat flat surfaces mated together so there's a fairly large area involved as opposed to, for example, the thin join of fuselage halves. I'll work up some courage tonight to take a crack at it with the Tamiya Extra Thin.

 

Thanks...

 

--David

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Nick, that did the trick! I clamped the wing so I could get some torque on the joint with one hand and started painting the joint with the Tamiya Extra Thin. Took a couple of seconds of sheer terror and then started to bend open. More Extra Thin and finally completely apart. Thanks!

 

--David

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I was GOING to say, put it in the freezer for a while; this doesn't work on cyanoacrylate, but it does work on most plastic glues (as I've found out!). Freezing the glue makes it brittle and easier to break. 

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