: If you go back to Shapeways and look up Model
: Monkey's shop you will find an extensive
: discussion on how to prep the various
: Shapeways materials. Model Monkey (Steve
: Larson) offers many items in his shop for
: various ship models in all scales. Hope this
: will help.
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: I recently purchased both the Type 2L tanker
: and its cousin the same hull fitted as an
: aircraft transport. All four models (2 of
: each) are the "Frosted Ultra
: Detailed" finish. I would appreciate
: some advice regarding how to prep this
: finish before painting (I plan to use
: acrylics) and how well these paints hold up
: as I would like to be able to do some
: masking without pulling up the paint.
: In passing, I think the models are nicely
: molded with the exception of the masts which
: are either missing or very much out of scale
: and should be replaced. Can't be too picky
: as they are fairly priced and represent
: models never before available.
It took the better part of three hours but I finally found the section you referenced on the Shapeways site. I really appreciate your pointing me in the right direction.
That said, it is quite apparent that these printed models are a breed apart from the metal castings and resin models that 1250 collectors have worked with for many years. The need for Curing, Cleaning, and Priming "FROSTED ULTRA DETAIL" resin models in order to produce an attractive model may well be a straightforward process but it has NOTHING in common with building a Len Jordan or Wirral model. I will certainly follow the recommendations that were posted on the blog and I would urge others who, like me, are novices to this new material to do likewise.
It would seem that Shapeways and its galaxy of designers would do well to gather up the lessons learned so far, edit them and post their existence prominently on their web sites.
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