Taking parts off the sprue

Odysseus
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February 13th, 2018, 8:44 am #1

Following Davecov's marathon effort on the Mosquito GB, I notice he starts by taking all the parts off the sprues (except the truly delicate) and putting them in a sorting box. To my mind, this would add to the confusion, particularly with a mega-kit like this, as can be seen from his pictures. Are there any benefits to this approach, as against "locate and prepare" when the piece is needed?
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February 13th, 2018, 9:02 am #2

I prefer to dry-fit almost all the kit before starting gluing. Often there are small sub assemblies - like bombs moulded in two halves - that can go together straight away, but all the major parts go in a suitable container as they're cleaned up and fitted. If there are parts that are easily confused then I either scratch a mark on them in some carefully selected spot, or add some masking tape with the part number written on it. If surgery is required I usually find it easier to work with individual pieces rather than glued assemblies. My approach is influenced by the kits I build - usually older tools.
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February 13th, 2018, 2:00 pm #3

I'd go somewhere in between.

Yes I do dry-fit stuff, but that doesn't mean I have to remove everything from the runners first.

I also pre-build stuff like, say, bombs by removing one half, and then glueing it to the other whilst the other is still on the runner.

So I'll finish up with something like my Blenheim, where I have fore and aft fuselage, wings, port and starboard horizontal tail fins, and a pile of stuff like wheels, engines and (if applicable) bombs all ready to be assembled more or less together.
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February 13th, 2018, 2:45 pm #4

I am largely a paint before assembly type, while still on the sprue - this gives some stability when painting. Also I am likely to lose stuff to the carpet monster if everything is loose.

I think it must be one of those very personal approaches. What the final model result ends is what really counts.
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February 14th, 2018, 11:34 am #5

I like to think that there is some method to my "madness". If you follow the instructions from section 1 through to the end, you could well find a problem when trying to fit sub-assemblies later on. I prefer to dry-fit ALL parts BEFORE painting and again AFTER painting.

Another reason why I put all of the individual 1/24 Mosquito parts into sorting trays and a big box is so that I am not wrestling with massive sprues within the confines of my small modelling den!

At the end of the day, what works for one person might not work for somebody else.

BTW, order has been restored in my build following a mammoth cleaning-up task as shown in this box:


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February 14th, 2018, 4:26 pm #6

I agree anyone should go with what suits them. But how do you identify, say the tiny squiggle just above and to the right of the "Greek lyre"?
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February 15th, 2018, 12:33 am #7

The instruction manual will show where the "squiggles" go both in the assembly section where it is fitted but it is also shown on the sprue plans at the start of the instruction manual. If there wasn't any sprue plans I would have taped them to the part that they will eventually be glued to.

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February 16th, 2018, 10:20 am #8

@DaveCov -But you've got rocket rails and 500lb bombs in that collection. I just know you actually can't fit both underwing bombs and rockets on the same aircraft!
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February 16th, 2018, 11:05 am #9

I know that bombs would not have been carried at the same time as rockets in real life but I feel it is bit of a waste to throw them straight into the spares box. I will be making up a pair of bombs so that I can take a picture of the bomb bay with them in place. As modelling is not reality, I can get away with it.

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February 16th, 2018, 3:28 pm #10

@DaveCov - Agreed, but those docked bombs only apply to Mossies, and I don't see why you can't fit the halves together on the sprue.
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