Thxs Ray for the detailed answer. You definitely know your subject.
It isn't so much a matter of what brand, color or cost, as it is what adhesive goes best with what materials. Generally speaking, white glues such as Elmers, work best for wood, card and paper. Cement For Plastics welds styrene to styrene. Epoxies work for exotic plastics and fiberglass. Cyano-acyrlates (super glues) work best for dissimilar materials, like plastic to metal. Super glues have enormous tensile strength, but poor lateral adhesion, and they demand absolutely clean bonding surfaces if you want them to hold for years. That's why railings fail if you hit them the wrong way. It also helps to know that every adhesive can be weakened and fail by some solvent, but that is another subject.
All adhesives are subject to out gassing. Ever get in your car on a hot summer day and notice a thin fog on the front windshield? That's an example of out gassing. Over time petroleum based products lose their elasticity and crystalize, then turn to powder and fail. If you have ever had the experience of dealing with a ship model over a century old, you find this to be dramatically true. Even the rigging can give you nightmares. It tends to out gas and become powder, as well. Old time modelers used a combination of mechanical fixing as well as glue. If you take a plastic model built in the nineteen fifties or sixties, you might be surprised at finding, while the glue held up, the plastic has become very brittle and can snap if you look at it too hard. Restoring really old models is a real education in adhesives.
Hope this explanation will help you to think out what you want to do, in order to solve problems and relieve frustration.
Still trying to improve my skills.
Building Revell 1/700 USS Wasp. I am freaking out about using super glue to bond the 2 parts hull to the waterline plate.
By the time I apply the super glue to the end of the plate, the beginning will have dried off.
Or one small mistake and the kit will be ruined.
I tried using Elmer white glue to temporarily glue one part of the hull and when in place I would have super glued the inside of the hull to the plate but Elmer does not hold the bond. I washed the white glue off and am back to square one.
So looking for other options that bond well and give me more time to work with large parts.