General kit assembly instructions for Scale Structures LTD & Alloy Forms craftsman kits!
We have been asked many times as to some techniques for assembly our craftsman kits as well as for the super detail parts that we offer. The following is a general instruction that will apply to most of our kits and detail parts along with many other manufacturers' kits and detail parts.
Warning: Our kits and parts are designed for handling and assembly by people age 14 and above. There are many small parts that are delicate, parts that may be a choking hazard, along with having small traces of lead in some of the pewter castings. Tools and paint may also be hazardous to operate and/or apply. Good ventilation is recommended, along with a breathing mask as needed or desired. Read and follow manufacturers' instructions with all paints and glues!
- Study parts and familiarize yourself with any photos or drawings supplied in order not to remove too much material! Cut any wood to length before surface finishing.
- Clean parts of any flashing (excess thin amounts of material at mold parting lines) using a fine file, sharp razor knife, fine sandpaper, and / or 0000 steel wool. Small amounts of flash may be scraped away using a razor knife. Sand any wood with steel wool to remove any 'fuzz' left by saws. Flat areas of resin parts may be sanded like wood. DO NOT breathe any dust!
- When satisfied with parts, wash them (not the wood!) in soapy water to remove any mold release agents (talc powder for pewter, spray agent for resin) along with your finger handling oils. Rinse and allow parts to dry. (This allows the surface to be clean of any chemicals that may not allow paint to adhere evenly or smoothly.)
- Determine whether to paint first, or assemble first (if in doubt, paint first), keeping in mind that glue used for assembly may not stick well or hold parts tightly when glued to a painted surface (when joining two or more parts together). You can carefully scrape away paint from gluing surfaces if needed.
- Use quality hobby paint - not cheap paint. Quality paints use much more finely ground pigments which give a thinner coating - thus will not hide details as likely.
- Assemble per instructions using ACC, resin, or epoxy type glues. Note that ACC type glues do not normally have good strength for large wall panels or other large or heavy assembly areas.
Remember to take your time & enjoy the process! There is no better feeling in the craftsman model hobby than to be able to say "I built it!"
Contact us if you have other questions about assembly of our kits or detail parts! Individual parts are normally available for any kit we manufacture - ask!
Specific current version kit instructions and templates are always available from SS LTD & Alloy Forms for a nominal cost. Contact us!
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