|The Review below appeared in the April/May 2006 Issue of Narrow Lines, the journal of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association|
I am sending you a present, said Paul’s cryptic email! A couple of days later the packet landed and inside I found two plastic bags, each containing a bottle of a new type of cyanoacrylate glue, together with an explanatory sheet from Paul. The two bottles contained, respectively, Dr Mike’s original and Dr Mike’s2, a gap filling version.
The manufacturers make some pretty interesting claims for theses glues, they will not evaporate, will not clog and will not dry out and that the glue remains usable, once opened, for a minimum of eight months, as long as the bottle is kept cool and not sealed! Apparently the glue does not cure in response to moisture, unlike most other superglues, but as result of lack of oxygen.
Paul’s information sheet and the label inside the packets give an impressive list of the things the glue is claimed to bond, including ABS, Acrylic, Aluminium, Brass, Bronze, Cast Iron, Copper, Crystal, Delrin, Glass, Graphite, Leather, Luan (what’s that?), Nylon, Pewter, Porcelain, Rubber, Styrene, Steel, Woods and Resin.
As Paul remarks “sticking Delrin makes it pretty unique and of use to modellers”. I can see one immediately; fixing the final gears in High Level and Porters Cap gear boxes firmly to steel axles, for instance.
The bottles come with fancy plastic caps protecting the nozzles that has to cut open a fine hole. The caps must be thrown away; the instructions are very, very explicit in this regard, so that the temptation to recap is avoided. If the caps are
replaced they will stick to the bottles and the contents will be wasted. I thought I was going to have to do some modelling to conduct this review but, instead, I’ve had a happy couple of days sticking all sorts of silly bits and pieces together. A ceramic cord pull that had adorned our bathroom light cord until it was broken was mended very swiftly using the gap filling Dr Mikes2 to cope with the lack of some minute slivers , and I used ordinary Dr Mikes to fix an ear back on to a crystal rabbit my wife treasures. Of course, I did these jobs first in order to earn myself the all important domestic endorsement for further experiments!
A redundant shaving mirror is now pocked with immovable samples, a bit of wood and a bit of rubber glove, some pencil lead, odd scraps of waste etched brass and a couple of broken drill bits. Several small “sculptures” of mismatched materials have been built as I mined the recesses of my tool and bits boxes of increasingly bizarre combinations to test the glues’ capabilities, which were exactly as they claimed on the packets. Only the presence of flux residue on some brass and oil on a steel gear caused any problems.
Only when my wife asked why I wasn’t trying the glue on a model did I finally turn to a Port Wynnstay kit. I can report Dr Mike’s bonds resin very well!
With the benefit of hindsight I wish hadn’t used the mirror, not because it had any further use but because it has been made photography impossible; all I get is glare from the reflected flash of my digital camera, an unsophisticated point-and-press intended for holiday. So I cant show you my modern art; perhaps I’ll enter it for the Turner Prize!
In view of the manufacturers claim that these glues will remain useful for up to eight months this will have to serve as the first instalment of a two part review, the second will follow……………………….
|The review below appeared in the Spring 2006 (issue 66) of Narrow Gauge and Industrial Review and was reviewed by Roy C Link|
|Not a review but some application notes from me, Paul Martin|
I'm not a fan of glue, and
especially not a fan of so called superglues. I will usually try to
solder or screw something together before going for the glue but
inevitably there comes a time when you need to stick something.
I used to stay well away from superglues as I always got covered in it and then when you wanted to use it the tube has set solid. However that was with the rubbish you buy in little tubes from the DIY shed. About two years ago Paul Dougherty of Rickety Rails in the USA gave me a bottle of Dr Mike's original and assured me I would change my mind. I have! after two years I needed some more, not because it had dried up or anything but because it had run out! It was in asking Paul for some more that i have ended up as the UK distributor for the stuff and its selling well.
My two bottles, one of each, usually sit on my bench with the tops open without any problem. I tend to apply the stuff in one of two ways: -
We've made a bit of a thing about
the warranty and we think this separates us from other cyanoacrylate
glues. It quite simple if it sets, evaporates or becomes unusable in
under 8 months from when you purchased it we will replace it.
For us to offer this warranty it does need a bit of care from you. Have a look at these points: -
in the unlikely event you have a problem and have followed the rules send it back with a note of when you bought it and we'll replace it.