Saturday 26 September 2015

Resin kit! Tips?

Nope, the punctuation in the title isn't wrong. A Google search might mistakenly have lead you here, thinking it's a post with tips about working with resin kits. It's possible to find some in the comments, but it's about me starting my first resin kit and being a little anxious about it.

It's a limited-run kit (only 75 made) I bought around 20 years ago at a convention, that will finally be promoted to the workbench. It's not your typical model of a tank, airplane, car or boat. Scroll down for a first sneak-peak.

So far, the knowledge/tips/tools I have gathered are :

  • a motor tool to do the heavy work cutting away flash and sanding the pieces to fit
  • a respirator when doing the above mentioned sanding
  • a remote corner of the yard to perform said work (I don't want resin dust in the ventilation system, do I?)
  • a 2-component epoxy to glue everything together.
    (CA only works on small parts. This thing is about 1 meter (3 feet) long.)
If you can think of any other important tips before I start ruining the kit :-), feel free to shout a comment (here or Facebook, doesn't matter).

Which kit? Oh right : a 1/1 scale Type III Phaser Rifle, as seen in Star trek - First contact. 
No delicate parts, should be a straightforward build, except for cleaning up what is now a huge ill-fitting mess.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Workbench upgrade

I've posted pictures of the workbench before, as well as the comments it received from SWMBO. I use my regular PC-desk for day-to-day assembly and brush-painting, but all the spare parts are slowly invading valuable keyboard- and mouse-space.
I have a second desk in the guestroom, that I don't use anymore, but is still cluttered with various tools and paints.
And of course, in the attic, is my airbrush-desk, which contains the most clutter.

After 6 years, we finally decided to put a floor in the attic and clean it up a bit, i.e. evaluate what to keep and what to toss. The below 3 pictures capture the transformation.

I now have a new desk (free, because they were giving them away at work to whoever wanted to transport them), a new chair (free, same scenario, but at my daughter's school) and finally a decent place to store all my paint, glue, pigments, varnishes, and whatnot.