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Make the A10-Warthog Plastic Model - Part 2: Beginning the Assembly

In this part of the tutorial we begin the build of the warthog model.

Part 1 of this tutorial (the beginning) is here.



The instructions

Let's open up the assembly instructions and take a look. The instructions give us everything we need including how to glue the parts together and what colors to paint them.

In step 1 we paint and glue together the pilot and the cockpit.


Options when Painting: You have freedom when it comes to painting the parts. You can not paint them. You can paint them after the model is assembled. Or you can paint them before you build the model. Whatever you are comfortable with.

I am going to paint most of the parts ahead of time while they are still on the sprue. It makes them easier to paint and easier to handle.


Closeup of the instructions

The instructions tell us exactly what colors to paint each part. The paintbrush is pointing out part number 80 which is painted the "O" color. There is a key in the instructions that tells us what color that is.


Painting on the sprue


The painted parts

I went ahead and worked my way through the instructions painting most of the parts while still on the sprues.

cut the parts away from the sprue

Two more tips before we start gluing the parts together. First, use a sharp knif to remove parts from the sprues. This will prevent damage and minimize distortion of the parts, particularly the smaller parts.


Trim flashing

After you have removed the part from the sprue you should examine it for any inconsistencies like excess plastic or lumps caused by the cutting. Carefully remove them or smooth them out with an emory board or small file.

These small lumps and inconsistencies can interfere with the pieces being glued together.

NextLet's continue and start making the sub assemblies


How to Make a plastic model tank and a diorama for it

WW 2 Diorama

In this tutorial I show you how a plastic model tank is made and I also show you how to make a neat little diorama to go with it. Easy project called "Crossroads". Make a tank and diorama (includes a video)


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