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Modelling Tips

Safety First!
When cleaning up plastic or resin parts a certain amount of dust will be created. Resin dust can be harmful so we recommend the use of a dust mask while performing this task. Think also of those around you by finding a suitable area to work that is well ventilated. Similar precautions should be taken with any other substances such as adhesives and paints etc.

The following tools are suggested.
Steel ruler, sharp craft knife, cutting mat, tweezers, contact adhesive, acrylic paints, paint brushes. Other tools that may be considered are a magnifying glass on stand (for those of us less blessed in the vision area), small drills, small files, fine sandpaper (also useful when glued to flat or rounded sticks), superglue.
Sometimes it is best to sit back and visualise what the final shape should be before scoring or cutting out the part. Use a sharp knife with a steel ruler to cut straight lines.

Kits contain small parts.
Many kits contain a number of small parts, which may be easily swallowed so please ensure that you keep these out of reach of small children and or animals.

Test fitting.
Before assembly, gently wash all parts in warm (not hot) soapy water. This will remove any mould release agent, which may affect paint. Never attempt to remove casting blocks from resin parts by snapping, as this will often damage the part. Use a razor saw or similar tool for this task. Due to the nature of resin, it is possible that you may find one or two small air bubbles on the surface of some parts. Should this occur, a small amount of filer should fix the problem. Alternatively, super glue can be used for this task as it sets quickly and can be sanded after setting.

Airbrushing and painting.
When using any paints ensure that you work in a well ventilated area, and the use of a mask is recommended when using an airbrush even if you are using a spray booth.  For more information about the paints you are working with please read the manufactures instructions.

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