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Personal logo jrbatso Supporting Member of TMP31 Oct 2016 9:46 a.m. PST

Plastic or Resin? What are the pros and cons?

Mako1131 Oct 2016 2:00 p.m. PST

A local guy's bought some and assembled them, from the WSF material.

They can be a little grainy, so you need to prime them well and heavily to help smooth that out a bit, since otherwise the material soaks up a lot of paint too.

Examples I saw looked good.

Hussar12301 Nov 2016 1:13 p.m. PST

I use WSF they are virtually break proof.

The G Dog Fezian08 Nov 2016 6:56 p.m. PST

I've moved from WSF to Black Strong and Flexible. You get the same strong, flexible material, but the surface grain is much reduced and the porosity is markedly less.

I have a balloon shell in BSF that was watertight. Used Gesso as a surface prep material and it turned out nicely.

You can get great results with WSF, as Mako says, you have to spend the time on surface prep. To me, it was worth the extra buck to get the BSF.




Poniatowski Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 11:32 a.m. PST

I am fond of both the lead and 3D kits. I have plenty of both and use them to play Canvas Eagles…

Pros & cons….

Lead kits are very fiddily going together but paint up very nicely if you take the time to assemble them correctly. They also include decals form some suppliers with each aircraft.

3D printed…. great, already assembled…. must prime heavy or acetone soak as they are porous…. this can lead to loss of minor details… but… NO assembly…. decals are usually bought separately…. thee price is comparable to the lead kits and, they do paint up well when primed well.

I have probably 50 or so lead form Skytrex and Reviersco and another 75 form different makers on Shapeways.

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