Welcome to our first blog entry on a build of the MECS70-B Stasis Pod model kit. We want you to see how we at Wild House Models have assembled the kit so over the next few weeks we will be documenting and detailing the process to get your Stasis Pod constructed.
In Part 1 of our Blog, we talk about the clean up process of the parts and the necessary preparation needed in order to start assembly. So without further ado, here we go….
In the video on our YouTube Channel, we provide a lot of detail around the preparation work for the resin parts.
First part of the process is to prepare and clean all the parts as per our Resin Guide which will help you with working on a resin kit such as the Stasis Pod. Resin requires different glues to a plastic kit so you need to be aware of the material before you start.
The high-grade resin we have used in our kit only needs soap and water to clean but some online sources do recommend other techniques. Clean each part with an old toothbrush or leave to soak overnight and dry completely before proceeding. As you can see from the production process, in the Door Frame photo below, some seamlines and flashing occurs in the moulding process and you need to use a fine File, scalpel or sandpaper to remove. The line is where the two parts of the mould have joined and can create a tiny area which needs removing and sanding off.
In one of the Main Fluid Pipes shown below, you can clearly see this seamline on the sidewall of the part and careful attention is needed to sand and remove this. On the end you see a piece of the resin that was formed by the pouring process – this needs to be clipped off using Clipper or a scalpel. Be aware that this can be tough so take your time.
The Safety Bar below has been clean up on both sides and all flashing removed. 1200 grade Wet ‘n’ Dry paper was used for this so to avoid too much resin dust. As per our Instruction Guide to using Resin, it can be a hazardous material if inhaled to best to take all precautions and use a facemask if in an enclosed area. Using Wet ‘n’ Dry sandpaper can help if you wet the paper first as this will prevent the resin dust from floating around.
In the photo below you can see the pegs that will insert into the side panels of the Stasis Pod. you may need to trim these to ensure they fit into the holes, but do not do that at this stage unless you dry-fit the parts into the main side panel to check to see it all fits ok. Some resin parts like these can warp slightly in heat or in the box so you can simply drop into a bath of hot water to re-mould and shape if required.
When you have taken the time to remove all the flashing and burrs from the parts, and after you are fully satisfied with sanding the parts to the finish you are looking for, it is advised to clean the parts one last time.
This removes any dust or minute particles from the parts as well as any oils from your fingers and bench that may have been transferred to the parts. Again, simply wash in soap and water using an old toothbrush or leave to soak and fully dry overnight.
Next, we’ve started to spray a primer coat on the parts so that the paint can adhere to the resin. Standard primer can be used here either from a rattle can or through your airbrush. It’s recommended you give a few coats at this stage to ensure you fill in any defects in the surface and it can help you find any points on the kit you wish to fill in with putty before you begin to paint.
In our next Blog entry, we will detail some of the painting process and colours we’ve chosen to paint our Stasis Pod. You can read about it here…