Kit Building Tips
Firstly wash off the mould release residue with washing up liquid. Give the parts a good scrubbing with a toothbrush; rinse and let dry.
Next heat each part to make it pliable enough to cut off surplus vinyl (also Known as Flash). Models may come with instructions or a picture to indicate what should be trimmed. Using a Heat Gun set on low, aim the gun at the part for about 30 seconds, but not too close as to scorch it. If using hot water, submerge the part for at least 30 seconds. Cut off the excess vinyl with a sharp hobby knife. If cutting becomes difficult after working a while, simply reheat the part and continue.
When trimming is complete, Use heat to repair misshapen parts if necessary. Warm a part to make it flexible, work it back to its proper shape with your hands, then allow it to cool. After heating and getting the part to the desired shape, you can also dunk the part in cold water or run it under a cold tap to speed up the cooling process.
Next fill the lower parts of the kits (legs and feet) with a heavy material such as plaster . This gives the model more stability. Mix the Plaster in a cup, pour it into the kit parts and allow to dry.
Decide which parts that are to be painted together and which must be painted separately before construction.
When Fixing Parts Together, apply a thin coat of super glue and hold the parts together until they bond. They should adhere well enough to release them within a few seconds. Applying too much glue will prevent proper adhesion. Also when glueing parts together make sure that they are in the right position for the type of pose you want your model to have.
Any movable parts do not require glue, simply heat at the join and firmly push into its corresponding socket, making sure of a secure fit, then hold until cooled.
Fill visible seam lines and gaps. I recommend using a 2 part Putty such as Milliput. It works great for repairing small flaws and seam lines aswell as allowing kit builders to address larger Issue's and modifications. Always make sure you allow the proper time for the putty/filler to dry before moving onto the next stage.
Next Lightly hand sand With a Medium to fine Sandpaper to smooth joins, filled areas and take note to square up any edges as needed.
The Next Stage is to prepare the model for painting. I would recommend using a good quality airbrush for Painting the Model, but Regular Model spray Cans, can achieve excellent results too.
After spraying on the primer, check out the model once more to see if the coating has revealed seam lines or other flaws that were not visible before. If more putty needs to be applied, use sandpaper to remove the primer before making the repair, then reprime.
The final stage is then to Paint the Model. Always Paint Outside or in a well ventilated area.
If some of your parts still need putting together after painting, make sure you allow at least 24-48hrs for the paint to properly harden before handling the parts for final assembly....
Extra Things you can do to bring your model to life and add realism.
Try to use a picture of what you are building as a reference.
Add Extra details to your model. For example, If you are Building a Robot, add real wiring to it in a suitable size, to match the scale....(you can't get more realistic than Real).
Consider if there are any additional parts you could add to enhance the overall look.
Add weathering detail. Again this comes down to personal preference, i.e, do you want your model to look brand spanking new, Lightly weathered to show dirt/wear and tear or heavily weathered to show damage/scarring etc.
Consider if the model can be Lit i.e, with L.E.D's
This can be done a couple of ways, either use lighting externally on the models mounting base or internally, to light up eyes etc.
If you are going to Use lighting for your model, always use caution when dealing with anything electrical. I would suggest only using battery power for lighting Until you know what you doing before even attempting anything mains powered.
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