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Glue Looper
The Glue Looper
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by: Rick Cooper [ CLOVIS899 ]


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This is a quick review of the new tool from Creative Dynamics called the 'Glue Looper', which is a small glue applicator for CA type glue. As far as I can tell this is the first product that Creative Dynamics has put on the market. Even the marketing of the product gives you an idea of how new this is: the company has posted a video on YouTube showing the product in use that you can check out as well. Creative Dynamics does not have a website at the time of this review so all of those things together should tell you just how much of a start-up this venture is at this writing.

On to the product; the Looper is made from fairly thin photo-etched material and comes on a fret with 12 loopers. You get 4 each of the large, medium, and small looper with each set. The looper is dipped into CA glue (low viscosity thin glue works best and indeed the instructions are explicit in letting you know that is the ONLY type of glue it works with) and then you touch the area where yo want the glue applied and let capillary action take over from there. And that, my friends, is about it, no fuss, no muss.

The instructions come with a few pieces of good advice as well as some things to watch out for in using the looper. First, and I noticed this right off, the looper is very thin. It says a standard hobby knife but one of my old standards would not clamp down enough to hold it tight. It would be really nice if the ferrule section could fold over to thicken it up a bit and make it a bit easier. I needed to use my Tamiya/Olfa handle to really get a good grip but that meant I didn't have it available for a good blade.

The second thing to be aware of is the clogging issue. It will clog after a bit of use but then things get fun. The instructions tell you to hold the looper over an open flame to burn out the old glue. Doesn't get much better than that; modeling, sniffing solvents, and open flame, yeah! Oh, and the best part is that it works!

That is really about it. The price does run to $16.00 or so here in the States with shipping so it may seem a bit pricy for something that most of us have already figured a workable solution for. However, if you are working with something that only needs a tiny bit of CA in a very precise spot this may be what you need.

Conclusion: I assembled the new Djiti's Productions figure of the US Tank Crewman using the looper and it worked as advertised. Glue went right where it was supposed to, it never overflowed any of the attachment points and it kept everything nice and neat. The only question will, I believe, be whether or not the cost is worth it for most modelers; like always, something that each of us will make up our own mind regarding.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Worked exactly as advertised, delivered a very controlled amount of glue to a very precise location.
Lows: Very thin, easily bent, may be a bit costly for what you get.
Verdict: I am a bit ambivalent on this one, I have used a sharpened toothpick to good effect for years, not sure if the looper is something that would become a go to tool on my workbench.
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: N/A
  Suggested Retail: $12.99
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 14, 2013
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.70%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 80.00%

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About Rick Cooper (clovis899)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I have been modeling for about 30 years now. Once upon a time in another century I owned my own hobby shop; way more work than it was worth. I tip my opti-visor to those who make a real living at it. Mainly build armor these days but I keep working at figures, planes and the occasional ship.

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I ordered a set and I have to admit, they are pretty nice. I've used the cut needles and fine wire loops and these are simply more precise and reproducible. You also get several of them on the fret, so they are pretty reasonable cost wise. Are they a must have? Nope, the older methods are perfectly adequate. Are these more precise? Yeah, they are. The glue bead doesn't shift about as it can in the cut needle and the loop offers more stability than home-made coiled wire. I think this is a pretty useful tool for delicate photoetch parts, actually. Matt
JUN 16, 2013 - 09:25 AM
All I can say about this product is it has become one of my favorite tools. It makes my builds faster and the gluing is super clean, no excess. I don't know about any one else but the painting is my favorite part. This get the build done quicker and cleaner so I can get onto the painting!
JUN 16, 2013 - 10:51 AM
As far as the cleaning it take less than a half second, the tool is like new. There is such a small amount of glue, maybe a micro-liter or less, I don't see any problems.
JUN 16, 2013 - 10:54 AM
Received mine at around noon June 17th, and I'm extremely pleased with it. Using it with the Tamiya 74051 Fine Pin Vise S (0.1 - 1.0mm) and it does exactly what it is supposed to. Put CA glue in small dosage wherever you want it. My main problem/issues while building: TOO MUCH GLUE. I was using both a toothpick (the model with 2 pic) and a big needle with the loop cut but the C.A wasn't flowing like I really wanted it to or it wasn't exactly where I wanted it to be, so when I saw the vid at the tube, I told myself: Why not? I'm a fool for new invention and tool (no my name ain't Tim Taylor) and it's the best dollars invested this year for me, this and the Mr. Fold it Photo etch bending tool 3" x 2".
JUN 18, 2013 - 04:41 PM
I've been using these a bit after getting my package. My thoughts echo others: expensive given how thin they are. They are VERY delicate in the best of circumstances. I don't know why, other than cost, they couldn't be made twice as thick as they are now, still work just as well, and fit snuggly and comfortably in a hobby knife. Because they are so thin, it's really easy to bump them on something and bend them all out of whack. Oh, and man they aren't kidding when they say they work best with low viscosity glues... I was using Slo-Zap to try that out and wowza did it clog fast....which made somehow even more delicate. And before I knew it, the head just popped off.
JUL 14, 2013 - 08:03 PM
Jake, The more I use this the more I am in complete agreement with you, very delicate, in fact, too much so. No real reason that it couldn't be made a bit more robust. I have a feeling that this may be one of those products that people will buy one time to try out and say "well, it works but..." and then never buy another set. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the other aftermarket PE makers add one or two to every update set they put out, if they do it may make the Glue Looper irrelevant really quick. Rick
JUL 15, 2013 - 01:13 PM
Voyager has announced a product that looks very similar.
JUL 15, 2013 - 01:50 PM
Ccommunityguy and clovis899, you are actually wrong when you say that they will work just as well being twice as thick. I am a physical chemist and if these were twice as thick the concave meniscus would not beak and the glue would not flow properly. This is a precision tool that is perfect for the job it was intended, and like most precision tools they are delicate. It makes me happy to see that a tool was designed in the United States, and shame on you for even insinuating that it is ok for another company to steal this idea!
JUL 21, 2013 - 10:02 PM
It is still one of my favorite tools and I have been using mine for almost three months!
JUL 21, 2013 - 10:08 PM
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