Resin Models for First Timers Query

Started by Cobra, May 13, 2010, 09:58:36 PM

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Hey Guys, Can Anyone tell me what Resin Model Maker would be good for someone Who's Never Tried to Build one before? kinda tempted by the Unicraft models & would like to know what you guys think. trying build some models now & not sure if i want to try a Resin Model. Thanks for Looking.Dan


Though I've never built a Unicraft kit, the pictures I've seen of what comes out of their boxes and the fact that some folks call them "Unicrap" is rather telling. Certainly not for the resin novice even if something worthwhile can be made from their kits.

I've built a couple of Planet Models kits and they weren't so bad. Their Pilatus PC-7 and their SIAI SM.260 were pretty straight forward and I think a resin novice could get something decent from either kit.
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I've had good experiences with Anigrand, Silver Cloud and BraZ kits.

To build a Unicraft kit, you need some experience with:
- using putty to fill large gaps (e.g. with Milliput)
- using styrene stock to fill even larger gaps
- CA glue.

Other than that, lots of patience for all the sanding you need to do. Which Unicraft kit do you want to build?


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Anybody who can build conventional plastic kits ought to be able to get a good result from Anigrand, Planet, Czech Master, A&V, RVHP or Omega.

Unicraft, on the other hand, are more challenging. They have a lot of unique subjects but they are unquestionably more difficult to build. However my experience of them is that it is not the fact that they are resin kits that is the problem but that the casting and definition of the parts is often very poor - like Hobbes says, you will probably need to do a lot of filling, sanding and rescribing but, given patience and perseverance, you can get a good result.


Starter resin kits ? As mentioned Anigrand are a good start as are some of the latter Magna kits. Just take your time
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I second (or third... fourth?) Anigrand definitely.  Planet and Czech Master are also highly recommended for first timers.

If you want a ship, I'd recommend either Midships Models or JAG.  Both top notch.
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Maybe start with a resin conversion or detail set (eg. resin cockpit, engines, etc), rather than a full kit? Less to do, cheaper, and a way to build up your skills before tackling a full kit?
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I am a fairly experienced model builder.  I have built a couple of resin kits in the past.  I also have a confession: I do have a resin kit that scares the willies out of me.  I have a resin kit and a vacuform kit of a Caudron G3.  Those kits scare me silly. :o
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Go simple. My first resin was a Luft 46 thing with several thousand parts. Need I say more. However I am currently building the sweet Anigrand Lavi. The only real difficulty was having to heat the vert stab and flattening the curl out of it.
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The only resin kits I have built are by Jadar,of Poland. They make some very nice subjects especially the 1/72nd scale armour, but they frightened the living crap out of me and I have had varying success  building the kits I have. The instructions for a start are completely useless, and demand a lot of guess work. The parts all need a lot of work doing to them and can be very brittle as I found out whilst building the now abandoned HEMTT I got of theirs. So in a nutshell, I would not bother with their stuff until you are really confident with resin kits. Unlike me :rolleyes: :lol:
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Quote from: dragon on May 15, 2010, 01:49:35 AM
I am a fairly experienced model builder.  I have built a couple of resin kits in the past.  I also have a confession: I do have a resin kit that scares the willies out of me.  I have a resin kit and a vacuform kit of a Caudron G3.  Those kits scare me silly. :o

I'm in exactly the same position re my PZL P.24s: resin kit, vacform kit, don't hold your breath...... :rolleyes:
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Although I have quite a few resin kits, I've only built three of them.  I wouldn't say I was 'scared' of building them, just that I was inexperienced at building them but the ones I did do came out ok.  Having done the ones I have I've realized that there's a bit more preparation to do to make it easier, things like making some 'line-up' pins when assembling them would go a long way to help.  Anigrand does at least make some rudimental line-up stubs on their kits but most of the resin kits I have don't.

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Quote from: chrisonord on May 19, 2010, 03:38:42 PM
1/72nd scale armour

Chris makes a great point - the small scale resin tanks from the likes of Millicast & Cromwell are cracking kits which are usually easier than most IM kits in that scale due to the fewer parts and greater detail.  An ideal introduction to the medium.
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