And So It Begins…

by on Oct.24, 2011, under Models

…White Star construction that is. I’m excited and terrified all at once here and that is a scary thought. I think the “terrified” part is a result of my innate overachieving perfectionist nature and the fear of making the slightest mistake and ruining the model. I just have to keep telling myself that I’m not going to biff this and it will turn out just fine in the end.

Meanwhile the first stage of putting a model together is, hands down, the most boring part of the process. Cleaning and smoothing out rough edges is so exciting. And lemme tell ya, this wee beastie has a lot of cleaning and smoothing on the calendar. But I think if you can get past this part, then the rest will be a piece of cake. Okay, except maybe for the decaling. But we’ll get there when we get there.

But, back to cleaning. The first and most important part is cleaning the pieces so that the tacky bits and mold release agent is removed. This is a two step process on the resin bits, the first of which is a soak/wash with soapy water. The water shouldn’t be too hot, lukewarm is sufficient. If it’s too hot, then you run the risk of the pieces becoming pliable at a point in the process you don’t want them to be. I let the pieces soak for a couple hours before rinsing them off and letting them dry overnight. At this point they feel less tacky, and you can see the difference from before and after washing.
First up is a photo of most of the pieces straight out of the box. They’re tacky and you can tell that they were bubble wrapped as the tack’s got a bubble-shape pattern going on – it’s noticeable on the back fin at the top of the image.

 

White Star before initial washing

 

The second photo consists of the same pieces (minus the metal parts, those will be later) after the first washing. The difference in how the pieces look is rather noticeable. They also feel different.

 

 

The second part of this process involves non-scratching Comet and a soft toothbrush to get rid of the rest of the gunk that may have been missed in the initial dish soap wash. After preliminary sanding, I think I’ll make another pass at washing everything once I finish sanding the pieces down to remove any stray bits and residue I may have missed initially.  And that is a post for next time.

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