Tips on building!

This page is intended to provide tips on how to best build SDGS kits!  We will post tips we have found helpful as well as tip submissions from builders out there who might have cool things to add!

General tips

  • Use a low cost black primer as your first coat of paint.
  • If you want a light finish follow up with a light coat of white primer.
  • If you want a dark finish you can paint directly on the black primer
  • We suggest using non toxic craft acrylics as opposed to model enamels. They clean up with water, are very easy to work with, are cheaper, and are much safer then traditional enamel model paints. We use acrylics paints such as Delta Ceramcoat, Americana etc that can be found at your local craft store.
  • We also will occasionally use Createx translucent airbrush paints for special effects
  • We also love Vallejo Plastic Putty to fill cracks or seams and generally clean up small pits on the model as needed. To find a place that carries this check out http://www.acrylicosvallejo.com/gb/auxiliaries-model-paints.html
  • If you have a hot air dryer, it can be used to dry acrylics in a matter of  a minute or so so you can go on to the next coat
  • You can also use a hair dryer to straighten warped resin parts (for example that Trueshot rifle that was left in the car for a week and is no longer straight). It does not take much heat to get the right effect, and  be careful when handling hot pieces less you get burned!

Tips for Sailpower kits

  • Createx “transparent light brown” can be applied over a tan base with intentional brush strokes to creak a nice wood grain effect
  • The curved side of the fighting top faces forward with the ship.
  • The tip of the bowsprit is on top of the main part of the bowsprit
  • Flags should point forwards towards the bow of the ship and not back (the wind hits the ship from behind it)

Tips for TechCommander kits

  • Glue the leg joints, Over time friction will not hold them even if they seem tight
  • If your weapons or torso joints gets loose you can replace the dowels. We suggest hardwood dowels such as oak because they are less spongy, and will last longer

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