This item is a DIY kit and as such assembly is required. Painting is optional!
Please make sure you have everything before you start.
AssemblyThe rods are used to align the parts and to add strength to each joint. You may need to ream out the holes a little to allow the rods to fit. Once the holes are reamed set the rods aside.
- For the textured joints we recommend that you tape a piece of sandpaper to a table and sand the part by sliding it over the sandpaper. This makes for a nice flat edge. Use a sanding block on areas you cannot table sand.
- On joints that are flat but the edges are curled up we recommend heating the part with a hair dryer or heatgun. -----> (!!! CAUTION: If you get it too hot it will melt!!!!) Slightly heat the joint by quickly moving the dryer back and fourth over the area. You want to soften the plastic but not melt it. Once the joint is soft press the parts edge firmly to a flat surface, and hold until cool. This will make the joint flat, and allow the glue to adhere.
If you ordered the multi-color kit you are done! Our intent is that it can be used unpainted. However if you wanna go full on screen accurate then read on..
We recommend painting the kit after assembly!
To get a nice finish you will need to take care of the print lines. This can be done in one of two ways.
- Sanding - It is possible to finish the kit with several iterations of sanding, priming, and then sanding again. This is the fun way, but we don't recommend you have that much fun!
- Resin Coating - The best way to finish our kits is to coat them with resin. This allows for smooth surfaces, adds a significant amount of strength to the prop, and can even add a little weight.
- We recommend XTC-3D. It is a resin specifically formulated to coat 3D printed parts and it makes for easy sanding. One box is enough for many projects. XTC-3D is our go to when finishing any 3D printed item! All of our kits were designed to be used with resin not sanded and primed!
- Many people have had success coating with UV resin. UV resin cures in the sunlight and so there is no need for messy mixing. The cure time is faster, however you may need more than one coat as UV resin is thinner than XTC. In addition you may need to wash the part after curing. We have not used UV resin, so please search the forums and groups for tips and tricks.