Archive for the ‘models’ Category

Rare Comics Used to Create Paper Mache Sculpture!

July 18th, 2013
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It’s Comic Con Week in southern CA (San Diego) and what a fun, freaky frenzy of a show it is with all of the passionate comic related people out in full force!

Films, Comic Books, Games …. There is definitely something for everyone as new comic-related ideas are showcased and new bonds and relationships are formed.  The stories coming out of the adventure are what keep us interested. [That, and the fact that many animated film makers and wargamers tell us they use lots of our super glue to do their creative thing!!]  Here’s a great one for ya’:

One creative sculptor decided to get in on the spirit of Comic Con by creating a Paper Mache Sculpture … Notice how colorful and festive the creation made out of chicken wire, paper mache and comic books is ….

rare-comic-sculpture-1-243x300[Photo Credit:  Geekologie Blog]

There’s just one slight problem, according to Geekologie Blog, the comic books that sculptor Andrew Vickers used for his sculpture were RARE comic books!!!  Yes, RARE, as in “$30,000 worth of vintage comic books”!!  According to the blog, “Having found them in a dumpster, Andrew just assumed they weren’t worth anything … on discovering the valuable  comics glued to the chicken wire frame comic book store owner, Steve Eyre, said: ‘First of all I thought Fantastic, as visually, it is a beautiful thing, but then I walked round it … certainly on the inside right leg, there was a cover of Avengers number one … that is worth well over 10,000 pounds!’ … ”  Upon further inspection Steve Eyre found other valuable, rare comic books glued onto the sculpture totalling over $30,000! 

The sculptor, true to his art, did not find the news disheartening … The money didn’t matter … He liked his sculpture … However, the comic book store owner had a different feeling about it … According to the blog, he said people should “make paper mache sculptures out of the funny pages the way God intended”!  Perhaps a lesson learned or not!  🙂

Which would you prefer … the rare comic book staying in its original form or being transformed into art through this sculpture?? 

Send us your thoughts and you may win some free super glue!  Reference:  Comic Book Original or Art – My Thoughts!

TOP GUN RC Airshow May 1 – 5, 2013 25th ANNIVERSARY!

April 25th, 2013
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Congratulations to Frank Tiano on the 25th Anniversary of his TOP GUN RC Scale Airplane Airshow and Competition, May 1 -5, 2013,  in Lakeland, Florida.  ZAP adhesives have been proud sponsors each and every year!!

FTE_TG_2013_ad_USA_Web_1_15_13-767x1024[Photo Credit:  Frank Tiano Enterprises]

Disney Movie – Planes!!

March 27th, 2013
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[Video Credit:  You Tube “DisneyMovie Trailers”]

Ok, we LOVE the movie “CARS” and the Disneyland theme park based on it, but can you believe the new Disney movie, “PLANES” is coming out August 9, 2013?  We are so excited!! 

Super Glue Corporation and Pacer Technology began decades ago producing model airplane kits!  Since that time we have continued to work with model airplane enthusiasts and hobbyists to develop the best adhesives in the business for building custom Radio Control (RC) planes, jets, rockets, etc. 

Our ZAP brand partners produce the world famous TOP GUN and FLORIDA JETS air show/competitions for RC scale model airplanes and jets!

Many of the drone operators of the past came out of this hobby world and it is a world we know and LOVE!

According to this USA TODAY article, DisneyToon’s animated adventure “PLANES” will hit theaters in 3D August 9, 2013!  John Lasseter is Executive Producer.  So fun!  Can’t wait!!

Radio Control Hobbyists Launching Exciting Career Paths Via UAVs & Drones

February 23rd, 2013
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rc-airplanes-AMA-300x16[Photo Credit:  Academy of Model Aeronautics website]

Over five decades ago, our company Pacer Technology (aka Super Glue Corporation) established its roots as producers of hobby airplane kits (and the job-specific glues and cyanoacrylates used to build them).  These kits transformed into radio-control (RC)airplanes, RC helicopters, and RC jets, and as such the adhesives used to construct and maintain them became more and more chemically challenging to formulate.  We branched off to produce the complex adhesives while all along the way maintaining strong bonds with the hobbyists participating in this evolving industry.  These hobbyists became, and remain to this day, some of our most trusted new product development team members and advisors.  Today, breaking news daily reports that an entire new career – qualified operators highly paid and highly sought-after – is here for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Drone pilots who learned their skills as RC  hobbyists.  We couldn’t be more proud!! 

This February 14, 2013  St. Louis Today article, written by Jesse Bogan, entitled “Kirkwood Man Goes From Hobbyist To Drone Pilot In Afghanistan”  is just one of the many success stories being written about our military drone operators and these “private contractors that are needed to help the military keep up with rising popularity of the unmanned aircraft.”  One thing they all have in common is they began as RC hobbyists and enthusiasts.   For the private contractor, Peter Sunder, highlighted in this article, “his route to Afghanistan began as a young child tinkering with remote control planes”.   Sunder began piloting unmanned aircraft in 2009 as a paid job.  “He operated drones in Iraq” seeing some “very intense stuff”.  Now Sunder works for AAI Corporation, “a firm that designs drone aircraft and contracts services with the military”.  The article states that Sunder is still an active hobbyist and “has a collection of model planes that he plays with when he has downtime on base …”.  He even conducts air shows for the local Afghans in his spare time.

Drones are very helpful to the military because they can be used to take photographs from the air, map terrains, document buildings and infrastructure along with providing aid in a variety of other ways to missions and operations.  Additionally, they can be armed with weapons reducing the risk of sending manned warcraft into dangerous situations. 

The growing use of these UAVs is also providing career paths stateside as well.  According to this, May 17, 2012, article from, entitled “Police UAV pilot:  A career path less traveled by”  the author Doug Wyllie lays out just what people interested in these careers need to do to get started on the path of piloting drones or UAVs.  “The first step an interested officer might consider taking toward achieving the goal of becoming a LE UAV operator is simply by becoming/being a hobbyist and enthusiast …”. 

In his article, Wyllie interviewed “Curtis Sprague, a retired SWAT Officer and former Federal Air Marshal who now serves as director of the aviation division for a company …”.  According to Sprague, ‘There is a lot of information to sift through on the subject of unmanned aircraft systems.  Subjects range from types of UAVs, how to fly, cost, FAA regulations, law enforcement applications, peripheral equipment training … the list goes on …’  “The best way to gain this information, Sprague said, is get involved in hobby flying RC aircraft.” …. “Far more than simply building and flying RC vehicles, Sprague advises the seriously-interested officer to join an AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) sanctioned RC club.”  

Along with safety and the ability to eliminate the risk of human capital, one of the main reasons drones or UAVs are starting to be used more and more by the military, police forces and homeland security is cost.  According to the Wyllie article, “… when compared to the cost of its full-size counterpart, the costs are nominal”.  “A full-size helicopter can require an investment of around $1.2 million just to buy the vehicle — this doesn’t even include associated costs such as storage fees, ongoing maintenance, or crew training and salaries…. A department may be looking at spending about $200K for a reliable unmanned aircraft system – including operator training and a year of maintenance …” 

According to one source, UAV pilots make between $30,000. to $150,000. to start.  In addition to salaries, another source notes that pilots and operators are also receiving reinlistment bonuses of $50,000 – $80,000. and mission flying bonuses of $840 per month.

Here is an interesting AMA article about one of our partners and chief advisors for ZAP adhesives.  Frank Tiano has been a leading RC enthusiast since 1972 and in 1979, along with other members of Sticky Group International worked with our company to produce ZAP, a form of super glue for the modeling industry.  ZAP has been one of the main sponsors of Tiano’s events:  Top Gun and Florida Jets two exciting international competitions that draw some of the most talented RC Pilots in the world.   

As we stated at the beginning of this article we are thrilled by this whole new career path open to our friends in this industry – talented people who started out as hobbyists and enthusiasts!  SOAR!!

Model Trains, Slot Cars & More: Maintain Electrical Connections with Rail Zip

January 17th, 2013
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Rail Zip is a great product for cleaning and maintaining smooth tracks for trains and slot cars.  It is a highly concentrated track cleaner and corrosion inhibitor that can be used anywhere you find electrical connections, plugs and fuses.  It penetrates through corrosion and restores electrical conductivity while eliminating any arching or sparking.  A little bit of Rail Zip goes a long way.  Check out this awesome video by model train expert, Mike Fifer, for excellent tips for track maintenance!

Note:  Rail Zip is also a great product for maintaining outdoor light fixtures.  Use it anywhere you have the potential for electrical contact and corrosion problems. 

[Video Credit:  You Tube]

Using Threadlocker? Here’s A Tip!

December 17th, 2012
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[Photo Credit:  2BrothersHobby ]

Ok, so sometimes the simplest tips are THE BEST!  Check this one out from 2BrothersHobby!  They recommend using Pacer’s Z-42 Threadlocker to secure these bolts and screws on their Hansa-Brandenburg ARF seaplane! 

And here’s their terrific, product-saving tip:

“I found it easiest to put a few drops of Thread Locker on an inverted plastic cup so I could dip each fastener in turn, instead of continuously reaching for the bottle and possibly applying too much.”

How great is that?!  The best tips for product use come directly from our consumers!

If you have a great tip for using one of our products let us hear from you and you may win free products!

Lego Storage Transforms into Wall Art!!

December 13th, 2012
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 [Photo Credit:  365 Days of Pinterest Creations blog via Shelley Huff on Pinterest


 We love this awesome lego storage idea we saw on Pinterest!! 

Clever mom blogger, Kirsty Colquhoun, author of 365 Days of Pinterest Creations blog, tells us she originally got the wall art idea from Felix on Mi Muller, but Kirsty takes the next big step and shows us how to make them! 

First, purchase the 2×2 lego blocks and then, using super glue,  mount them to frames purchased at Ikea!  How easy is that??  Almost instantly your mini figures have permanent homes brilliantly displayed prominently as wall art AND the best part is the figures can still be removed any time they are needed for play!!  (Be sure to check out all of the details for construction on 365 Days of Pinterest Creations blog.)

Clever, Clever … we are impressed!  Great idea and cool art, too!!

Hobbies and Holidays – Hold On To Your Wheels!

October 16th, 2012
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are truly thankful for our amazing customers.  Consumer stories keep us informed and up-to-date on product specifications that work for our customers and enable them (you) to do the things they (you) enjoy! 

Holidays are the perfect time for family fun!  And whether you are into hobbies where you build things, like model-making, or hobbies where you go places, like bike riding, you need to make sure you hold on to your wheels!

[Photo Credit:  Keep Your Wheels On blog]

We recently ran across this great blog post by aviation enthusiast and modeler Thayer Syme titled Keep Your Wheels On!  In it the author gives a great tip for doing just that – reinforcing the wheels on the RC model’s axel by adding a few drops of our removable threadlocker product, Pacer Z-42 (pictured): 

[Photo Credit:  Keep Your Wheels On Blog Post]

He says, “Grinding a flat on the axel and applying a drop of Pacer’s Z-42 Threadlocker ensures the best possible chance of secure mounting with wheel collars.”

The author goes on to suggest, “while wheel collars are handy and easy to use they aren’t always appropriate.  They can look out of scale  on smaller models and add unnecessary weight … I’ll often use a lightweight cotter pin instead …”  You should read the entire blog post as the author, Thayer Syme, is very descriptive and technical.  He gives excellent advice for securing RC model airplane wheels and you don’t want to miss one step! 

We particularly liked this reinforcement process though because he ends it by mentioning another product of ours ZAP:  “While you can solder it to the axle, I usually just use a drop or two of thin Zap super glue to hold the tubing in place.”

So if your hobby is model airplanes we know that Pacer’s Z-42 removable threadlocker, and ZAP will keep those wheels secure, but what about if your hobby is bikeriding?

[Photo Credit:  Gear Post from Tall Guy On A Bike blog]

Turns out Pacer’s Z-42 removable threadlocker is a great product for holding onto bigger wheels as well.  According to Tall Guy On A Bike blog the bicycle pictured here took him “across the country … The most important part of a touring bike – the wheels … dripped some Pacer Z-42 removable threadlock into the spoke ends and the wheels stayed true for the entire ride.”  Again, great news and we appreciate the shout out! 

It’s important to know that our products are successful in keeping hobbyists and sports enthusiasts in good working order so they (you) can go about the business of enjoying what they (you) love to do!

Please continue to blog about our products and also send us your stories.  It is really important that we keep in touch with our customers and know how our products can best meet your needs.  We are super thankful for all of our customers and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and terrific beginning to a holiday season filled with lots of time for doing all of the things you love to do!!  Hold onto your wheels … here we go!


Paranorman and 77 Gallons of Super Glue!

October 11th, 2012
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[PHOTO CREDIT:  Lazcreative]

According to this blog post written by Jeremy Lazanowski 77 gallons of super glue were used in the making of the unique, blockbuster, 3D animated feature film, Paranorman!  Wow, that’s a lot of super glue even to us — and we love the stuff!

Apparently the super glue was used to strengthen the many masks used in making this incredible stop motion film!

Check out the video!   We see our ZAP super glue and Contractor’s Size Epoxy right there on the work bench — FUN!
[Video Credit:  Paranorman Making Norman You Tube]

Science Fair Project Ideas

August 23rd, 2012
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Hey, Students!  As you begin brainstorming your science fair project ideas be sure to think about how you might incorporate The Original Super Glue brand products into your plans!  We are always interested in helping budding scientists reach for their dreams, AND our product development team is always interested in new and unique ways our products are being used.

Some project ideas, like this Soda Bottle Magnetometer used to “monitor changes in the Earth’s magnetic field for signs of magnetic storms”  just use super glue to build the project’s monitoring device whereas other project ideas may be about the actual super glue itself (such as comparing the holding power of super glue or epoxies to other adhesives).  Either way — we want to help you out!

If you need super glue products to use for a science project simply send us your request for “Science Fair Project Super Glue Products” along with your name,  and the products you need (supplies may be limited), and we will send you some sample products.  If you’ve used our products in a science fair project before, and have a picture, or description, of the how the products were used, send us that as well and we may use your story in our blog (and send you some sample products).

Happy Experimenting!!