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 HOW TO: prepare a resin custom statue model for architectural painting

 HOW TO: prepare a resin custom statue model for architectural painting

It is my honor to offer this article for u ,hope this can open your eyes and let u know more about the resin craft .
Well first, obviously, you will need some tools to assemble the model properly. Assembling a tool box is a very individual undertaking - some modelers swear by tools that others find useless, but the following is a listing of some of the basic items (as well as some optional ones) you will need in order to assemble a basic resin model. Many modellers and gamers will have most of them already. Since they will, if looked after properly, usually last for a long time, any expense is actually pretty limited.


Dust Mask
When filing or sanding resin components, it is usually a good idea to wear a face mask. Like any fine dust, breathing resin dust is not particularly good for you. These masks can be cheaply bought from most hardware stores- a simple gauze mask with rubber-band straps to hold it in place are the bare minimum requirement.

Hobby Knife
you are going to need one. This is usually a handle with interchangable blades. Scalpels and models with retractable blades are also available. Get one with a fine handle and one with a heavier handle. They are available with all kinds of plastic, metal or rubber handles. Pick one that feels comfortable in your hand. If you only buy one tool, make it a good knife - it will be necessary for cleaning up "flash" prior to assembly.

There are many different types of glue. In order to work with resin kits, you can use only normal modelling glue, although this is not really a worthwhile option as it wont bond properly, so the parts will eventually fall off. Ideally, you will have different glues for different kit materials. Buy some cyano-acrylate "super-glue" - both the thin quick-setting and the thicker gap filling types for strong "longer-life" sticking. Also for the eventual basing (if you base them), get some white glue (PVA). For some resin kits, a two-part epoxy might be necessary.
Files and Sandpaper (medium, fine and extra-fine)
After a knife, a set of files is the most useful part of your tool kit. They are used for cleaning and smoothing castings and filing pieces 'to fit' where necessary (a necessary step due to the nature of resin castings). Files come with several different profiles: flat, round, half-round, and several other shapes. These can be worked in tighter areas than sandpaper and will be easier to work around cast surface details. It is a good idea to have as wide a selection as you can afford. Sandpaper or sanding pads (I use my Girlfriend's disposable nail-files!) are also useful for sanding larger areas, or getting a straight finish over a larger area. Purchase a selection of papers from 220 to 600 grit. 

There are many types of saws. Probably the best for working with a resin kit is a jeweller's saw. A jeweller's saw gives very fine cuts but the blades are quite fragile. 

Pin Vise and Drill Bits

You will need one of these if you want to drill holes in your components. This is usually only necessary if you want to add strength to a join with large and/or heavy components by pinning them with metal rod, or if you wish to hollow out openings or gun-barrels on solid resin castings.


Clippers are useful for removing pieces of plastic,metal or resin that are too large to safely remove with a knife. They are also faster and easier to use than a saw so make a good middle ground tool. Start with a sprue nipper and a fine pair of scissors. Get a few types that are well made and they should last a long time.

These are great for picking up and holding small parts, and (for some of us!) necessary for placing decals exactly where you want them. Get at least one pair of extra fine needle pointed tweezers.

Clamps are very useful for holding parts together while the glue dries, as well as to hold parts in a specific position while they are being worked on. I actually use clothes pegs which are very useful and work really well.

Pliers come in handy when you need to hold small parts so that you can work on another section of that part. The most useful ones are "needle-nose" pliers.

These come in handy when you need to make small wedges, or to hold small parts while painting them, or to apply small amounts of glue...

Get a varied selection. Purchase some inexpensive brushes for broad coverage and for applying washes. These are also good for setting decals. Don't skimp on good brushes for detail work or your finish will suffer.





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