As a science student there’s not all that much time for rest. On top of topping up extra-curricular activities to add on to “the list of stuff you did”, just recently, I had to scramble to set up the list of courses that I’ll be planning on registering, which starts Wednesday. While venturing into unknown and hostile enviornments, the thought of knowing that one of your profs is awesome (the rest being unknown) is great, since he promised last year that he’d make orgo chem a walk in the park. On top of the fatigue from the drive to London on 3.5 hours of sleep which lingered throughout the weekend and excessive WoW playing (which I am happy to say I quit for good, even with 2 more days left on my account), I haven’t got around to doing much else.
I guess the point I’m trying (and failing) to make is, plans are meaningless if you’re just going to push them back. I originally wanted to finish my resin kit, but I put that on hold because I messed up quite a bit of stuff and am out of primer and paint (flesh tone and white). I actually want to do a good job on that resin kit so I’m planning on stripping certain parts and repriming and repainting the parts I painted.
(end of pre-post ramble)
While waiting for primer and top coat to arrive from HLJ (local store is selling a can of primer for 17 CAD wtf), I’ve decided to pick up my other project, which had been sitting in my figure box piles for quite a while now. I figured that I wouldn’t need primer and stuff for this, and I could learn better control of the air brush while working on this.
Here’s now I build these suckers, one step at a time.
Before anything else, inspect the kit and get a general sense of how many parts there are. This one is the average amount of parts for a MG.
First few general steps are quite simple, and you really don’t need any fancy tools
You will need some kind of cutter, a hobby knife (dollar store exacto knife works fine), and fine grain sandpaper.
Snip the thin bit of plastic that is connecting part to the runner. How far the away you cut from the part is up do you, cutting too close might damage the part due to bits of plastic twisting off, and too far means more work on the next part. After that, you’ll get something that looks like this.
Use the knife and cut along the part, if it’s extruding from a straight edge. Else, use the cutter to cut as much as you can and start sanding.
You may need to scrape several times to get as much excess plastic off the part as you can. It all depends on how enthusiastic you are about sanding, which I’m not a fan of, to be honest.
After that, whip out the sandpaper and sand off the rest.
For me, I don’t really care how battered the part looks after sanding, because I’ll be painting over it anyway. I highly recommend covering it with paint, because nub marks are quite often impossible to hide without it (eg. when the part turns white).
I didn’t work on it all that much today, this is what I managed to complete in the short bit of time today.
This will probably be keeping me occupied these days. I have no idea what my next part of the “tutorial” will be (probably on filling seams), it all depends on what problems I run into. Stay tuned!
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