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How often have you seen a pricey resin model that was poorly executed due to the inexperience of the modeler and thought, "Can this model be redeemed and brought to it's potential glory." Such was my first excursion into purchasing a cripple on the 'Net' and attempting to restore it to the beauty it so richly deserved.
Here is the unhappy victim as it was presented on Ebay some five years ago or so. I really overpaid for this model even though I got it for substancially less that the FW price.
This was my first experience with resin models and what surprised me the most was the heaviness of the material. The first order of business was to try to remove the loose and broken parts as there was some shipping damage on receipt. The model appeared to be cemented together with epoxy and Cyano-acetate glue.
Here is the Model as it was received:
>_< i think that woulda looked better just painted bolt gun metal all over than the attempted camo job. Good luck with the striping and rebuilding
Another thing I found out about resin models is in spite of the brittleness of the material it can take a surprising degree of prying with knives and chizels to disassemble the pieces and not shatter. After disassembling the entire model I scraped every last bit of paint and glue from the pieces. A regular kitchen paring knife I found was the best tool to do this and a #11 Exacto blade and a pin vise with micro bit drill for those hard to reach places
In about a week I had the model down to the bare resin.