This item is a DIY kit and as such assembly is required. Painting is optional!
Please make sure you have everything before you start.
Remove all support material, and trim any excess.
Each joint will need to fit flush.Some joints may have a little texture or may be slightly curled near the edges.
- 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.
The Rey Skywalker kit has moving parts and as such it takes a little extra care to get those parts moving correctly. Particularly the activation gear, upper rotator, lower emitter, and upper emitter, all need to be sanded smooth in order to move properly.
Be careful not to sand off the small nub on the inside of the upper emitter. This nub should ride inside the slot on the upper rotator to prevent it from spinning during activation.
The emitter teeth should only open part way so as to be screen accurate.
Once the joints are all flush, and all moving parts are smooth you are ready to assemble. Put a little glue in each hole and on the mating surface of each joint. Glue each part together as shown in the diagram above. Use clamps to secure each section, and wait for that section to dry before moving on to the next.
Start at the pummel and assemble everything up to the upper chamber, as none of these parts move.
Since this kit has moving parts you will need to take care during coating, priming, and painting. You must be careful not to glue any of the moving parts together and you will need to consider the clearances necessary for these parts to move. Patience is your friend!
If you like the kit as is 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 item 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!