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:facepalm:Hello, folks can anyone recommend a fix for the Revell glue? The type with the very accurate self clogging steel tube? Any ideas how to keep the tube clear? It's driving me nuts.😡

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I hit mine with a lighter or match.

 

De-clogs in seconds !!

 

The usual warnings regarding flammable materials and naked flames apply, but if you're quick, it's not dangerous.

 

Rog

 

Oh, and put the cap back on after use.............

Edited by roginoz

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I find a piece of brass wire, 0.5mm is just perfect, gently pushed down the tube works a treat. Like cleaning a musket barrel. ;) 

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A piece of 10 amp fuse wire down the tube. Funnily enough, I don't have any hassles with my Revell Contacta but use this to keep my Humbrol one clear.

Steve.

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ok burn and fuse wire. Got it. thanks chaps.

While were on the subject of fixes, I inadvertently  left masking tape on a pre assembly test. on removal I have discovered a sticky residue that's stuck to the plastic. What the best thing to remove the residue glue? thanks.

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really? I tried a drop of petrol robbed from the mower but this began to melt the plastic.

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My wife gave me a long pin with a big spherical plastic head on it. Works a treat as a stopper and in the event of a blockage can be rammed up and down to clear it.

 

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Proper Lighter fluid is brilliant for removing all sorts of adhesive residue from tape or stickers, also cleans off permanent marker or biro ink.  It’s v light and volatile so generally benign on the surface being cleaned, however it’s mainly naphtha which is the proper solvent for some enamel paints so needs care of cleaning up those paints.  Obviously don’t smoke or burn off your Revell Contacta tube while using it!

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Hello Chimpion, yep maybe a long hat pin.

 

Hello Malpaso and Nick, ill get some lighter fuel and give it  a go!

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For numerous years I have found, just as many others have on this post, a piece of wire that fits inside the nozel……….its about an inch long and the end is bent over about 45 degrees, makes it easy to pick up and place in the tube.  Had the same piece of wire for about 20 years...……..tube rarely gets blocked as the wire is usually always in the tube.  Far easier than looking for a lighter, risking the tube getting too hot and melting the mounting hole......as a none smoker, a lighter is out of the question, it would take me ages to look for a light, make my way back to the workbench and light the tube up...………..far easier to have a piece of wire always at hand, theres always some around...……….

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Definitely the thin wire for unblocking the Revell glue.

 

11 minutes ago, rayprit said:

far easier to have a piece of wire always at hand, theres always some around...……….

A spool of thin wire is one of those workbench oddities that come in handy for all sorts of uses from unblocking glue, applying cyanoacrylate, applying a dot of paint and even wrapped round a model to hold things in place. Lighter fluid is also a workbench staple, useful for all sorts, cleaning, thinning, making washes etc.

 

Mart

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I've got a piece of steel guitar string. two inches long. That round piece at one end, keeps the string from getting into the tube.

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well, the lighter fuel worked, now for the fuse wire! Thanks folks!

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