I fielded a couple recent questions concerning how I build resin kits. One question was repeated among a few different people in regards to prepping the small resin kit parts. Many kits come with a sheet of parts similar to that seen in the lead photo. How are those prepped?
Basically, I cut out a part or two from the parts sheet that includes some of the flash. I then sand that part until the flash is paper thin and easy to remove. Don’t remove all the parts from the sheet at once. Only remove what you need to install in the next step of the instructions.
Here’s a two minute video that covers the process. The volume is a little low, so you may want to boost your speakers a bit.
I try to sand these parts outside and I wear a mask. The fine resin dust is not good for your lungs. Some modelers have developed allergies to the resin material. Be smart when working with the material.
Real small parts are difficult to sand easily. Sometimes I wear a nitrile glove that grips the small part to ease the sanding process. In some cases, I closely trim around the part. Once you work your way through a few resin freight car kits, you become accustomed to prepping the parts and removing the flash.
I hope these tips inspire you to make progress on a couple of resin freight car kits!
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