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Order of Assembly?
lonewolf
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - 01:04 AM UTC
Hello!

I just wanted to hear how others assemble figures, specially PVC and vinyls. Here's my way of doing things:

1.) Buy the figure
2.) Take it home, wash it up with water)
3.) Cut the parts from the sprues, runners and snip of extra mouldings.
4.) Paint the parts separately
5.) Glue the parts together and add some touches

DONE!

So, how do you do things??
mongo_mel
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - 01:23 AM UTC
Hi lonewolf,
From reading a couple of your other posts, I'm guessing that you're fairly new to figure modeling. That's great! Welcome to the club! I've been doing figures for 7 or 8 years and they've taken over from the armor I used to do ( but not completely! .
Your method is a great start to building your figures. As you progress, you may find that you want to make a few changes to your methods. Here's how I build mine:
1: Buy the figure (very important!)
2: Take it home (and hide yet another kit from the wife).
3: Clean up the figure. This includes either removal from the sprue for injection molded kits or removal of the casting plugs for resin, white metal and vinyl kits. Also, remove any mold seams from the pieces.
4: Study the figure and decide which parts can or need to be preassembled. I usually try to assemble as much of the figure as possible. Figuring this out correctly takes lots of time, patience and experience (read: mistakes).
5: Wash the figure to remove your bodily fluids .
6: Prime the figure and look for all the flaws you missed . Fix them and reprime. Repeat as necessary.
7: Begin the actual painting (finally!).
Cheers,
RayW
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - 01:47 AM UTC
H There,

That's about it but for pvc/vinyl figures I like to fill with plaster because I found that there are usually some pretty big gaps that I have to fill with putty and having the hollow parts filled with plaster gives the putty something to stick to. It also adds weight to the figure keeping it from easily falling over.

Ray
AndersHeintz
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - 05:23 AM UTC
Hola!

I do exact the same thing as Craig does, and it works like a charm!
shonen_red
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2003 - 01:33 AM UTC
Well, I do the same as you do
AJLaFleche
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Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2003 - 04:22 AM UTC

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1.) Buy the figure


Yeah, that's the first step.

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2.) Take it home, wash it up with water)


Single figures fit nicely in cargo pockets. To be honest,however, I rarely wash models before painting. Some are well over 20 years old with no problems with paint adhesion.

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3.) Cut the parts from the sprues, runners and snip of extra mouldings.[/qute]
Yeah, pretty much. What I tried this time, was reattaching the parts to wire at locations that will not be painted before priming and laying down the base color and shadow wash.

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4.) Paint the parts separately
5.) Glue the parts together and add some touches


Maybe and depends. For example, I always paint weapons things being held separately. Most things hanging on or attached to the figure get base colors before being attached to the figure. This makes it easier to get paint into areas that would be very close to the body, but still visible. Depending on the pose and fit, I may assemble the figure then paint or if the fit is particularly good, like in a Pegasso figure, I'll often paint parts sepearately before assembly, at least for the base colors. I'll do most shading and highlighting on the assembled figure, since this gives the best indication of where light is going to be falling.

DONE!

So, how do you do things??

:-)