Resin models, much like plastic and metal tend to have some extra material on them left over from the casting process. In addition to this there may be mould lines or bubbles. We do our best to check everything we send out to ensure it’s of high quality but sometimes something sneaks through. If you get something you’re not happy with, please contact us so we can make it right.

Resin models should be given a wash with warm (not hot!) soapy water before working on them. Mostly this is to remove remnants of silicone release spray that moulds are treated with during the casting process. If you don’t remove it then you may run into some fun problems whilst painting!

Something worth mentioning if you’ve not worked with resin before is that it is more brittle than plastic but also has its own properties. The stuff we use has a bit of give to it but can also be a bit fighty at times. I’ve been clipping excess resin off a sprue and had it ping off at surprising speed before!

This needs to be mentioned because when removing some things from a sprue if you attempt to cut in the wrong place the part could well snap. There’s a few ways around this. The easiest method is to cut into the area you want to snap so that it’s the weakest part – that way when there’s more force being applied that’ll be the part that breaks, not a model’s leg!

A more advanced method is using a hairdryer or warm water to heat up the sprue so that it bends instead of snaps. Warm it up and then get in there with the clippers. If parts get distorted (or arrive that way) then it’s just a matter of warming them up and bending them to the shape you’re after. We try to make sure stuff we send out isn’t too wibbly but on occasion it will be and hopefully these words will be of comfort to you in the dark times to come.

Once the resin is clean a bit of kneadatite (“green stuff”) and some cyanoacrylate (Super Glue) are the tools for assembly. The glue being for gluing, obviously, but the putty is there to fill gaps. Unlike plastic models there’s no melting involved with resin (polystyrene cement – butanone – fuses plastic together) as a result you may need a bit of putty to help with awkward spots. Hopefully we’ve designed stuff so barely any is needed but given that we sell parts that can fit on any number of models it’s going to be up to you to figure it out!