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Two Glues

Doug Smith


Sometimes you stumble onto something that just works better. That's the case with Gorilla Wood Glue, a relatively new product. I ran out of my usual carpenter's glue and this is all I could find. Turns out it works better than any other glue I've tried, especially good on stick-built fuselages, where there are lots of small butt joints easily broken loose. Now on my second bottle, it takes a lot of balsa to use up 8 ounces.

This stuff is different from the familiar Gorilla Glue where you wet one side and clamp together. It's more similar to Elmers or Titebond, but it's not brittle, and therein lies its advantage. The nozzle is too fat, that's what the little bottle is for. Originally full of paint, I washed mine out and filled it with Gorilla Glue, much more convenient.

All is not perfect, it doesn't work well to edge glue sheet balsa together, that's what the 527 is for. It appears to be a direct replacement for Ambroid, which is sadly no longer available. It's not amber colored, but it works pretty much exactly like Ambroid, sanding easily at balsa joints.

And now for the best part: I found all these at my local WallyMart. Not sure about worldwide availability, but it should be stocked all over the USA. Give it a try.

User comments

I'll second the use of the Gorilla wood glue. The only drawback being the big bottle and nozzle. I "decant" the glue into a plastic syringe and apply the glue through a small curved point. This allows a more accurate delivery of the glue. Excellent stuff. The plastic syringes are available here in Ottawa, Canada at Lee Valley tools.
MarkWinstanley - 24/04/2018
I agree. Gorilla Wood Glue is excellent for traditional modellers. Maybe a little slow to set, but very strong. I buy it from Wilko's here in south west Scotland.
Anon - 19/11/2018
Have used Gorilla glue for a year or more on many models and it is fast drying (I mean fast sometimes to fast a grab) the big drawback is sanding it especially on foam board that I mainly use being hard to sand on this substrate not bad on balsa. I find Parfix glue which is easily purchased here in Australia and a low cost glue is great where you have to sand. I have been using white glue (PVA type) for over 60 years and usually dilute with water as this tends to suck the glue into the wood for a better joint.
D2 - 06/12/2023
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