It felt like any other Monday. I would open the store start painting, the boys would shamble in and I’d get some figures done.
I wanted to increase the size of my Mantic Elf army so I pulled the Mantic Bowmen box from the shelf and mentally prepared myself for the few hours. I needed these elves for my 500pt Kings Of War army; these and two spearmen troops would get me there. Get the army done and worry about the opponents later.
So cracked the box open, clipped the sprue for he first few elves when, to my dismay, I found I was out of super glue. Urgh…… so the process stopped as i got up to look for another tube.
I generally have a few tubes lying around for emergencies like this, but I could not find any.
I get my super glue from a stall at the local night market. 3 packs of 4 pieces each for only RM1 (slightly more than USD1). SO where were these 12 tubes?
It took a while but i finally found a few more tubes, some were even unopened. All were already hard from the inside.
Super glue has always been a difficult topic in the store. I use to bring superglue in from different manufacturers. Super glue would be use as plastic glue (much to the dismay of many a modeller) it would be used as glue for metals as well. In fact, we have modellers at the store who don’t even pin their models, they just keep adding the glue until it holds. We use a lot. But we use a lot when we are modeling, during the painting part these tubes are left to the side and they all end up drying up.
To properly keep a tube of superglue, i was told, was to keep it in the fridge. Another hobbyist recommended standing the tubes upright. These were all tested but after a while they all dried up. This makes it very difficult to hold superglue as part of my stock as we actually had bottle dry on the shelf. So it was expensive to stock.
These days i just recommend the cheap quick use variety. You pop them open, use them, keep them as best you can but when it dries the level of frustration is only comparable the your skill at trying to throw it into the bin from where you sit.
Next Monday is the night market, time to stock up.