Many professionals and hobbyists use Satellite City
Hot Stuff Original,
Super T, and
for model building- not only model airplanes and cars, but also models for movie special effects. Some very famous models that you have seen in the movies have been built with Satellite City glue. We have recently discovered a couple of them in the book, Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Special Effects. Unfortunately, we cannot reproduce the pictures here, but if you turn to page 44 (you can search inside the book on Amazon), you will find a picture of modelmaker Charlie Bailey working on a Star Destroyer for one of the Star Wars movies with two bottles of Hot Stuff close at hand. On the following page, you can see modelmakers Randy Ottenberg, Bill George, and Chuck Wiley working on the galleon for the movie Goonies with some bottles of Hot Stuff close by. You can see these and several other pictures in the video below.
One longtime model-building customer is Simon Mercs. He worked for several years as a prop maker and scenic artist, doing production work for
Disney Productions, New Groove Concert Productions,
Rorer Pharmaceuticals, Hawaiian Tropic, and many others.
He has also done scenics and set work for musical acts Neil Young,
London Symphony Orchestra,
The Moody Blues,
The Untouchables, Mister Mister,
The Pretenders, and
as well as scenic and set work for theatrical productions Cats, Big River, and 42nd Street.
He now operates The Kit Factory, a one-man operation which produces several custom models per year. Simon has created custom models from
Lost in Space,
and a variety of other media. These intricate models can take hundreds and even thousands of hours to design and fabricate. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger images of some of his models.
This model Star Trek Enterprise E, 42 inches long, took 15 months to create
Simon has been kind enough to mention us in one of the videos on his YouTube channel. In the video, shown below, he talks about when and how to use each of our three glues in model-building. He demonstrates how fast and effective Satellite City CA glues are at bonding parts, and he also shows how to fill in large gaps with Special T so that it can be sanded and painted over to be indistinguishable from the surrounding material. If you are a model builder, this video and Simon's Youtube channel will be both useful and entertaining!
All model images copyright Simon Mercs, used with permission.