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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Sep 2021 1:36 p.m. PST

Imagine that you are assembling a trio of plastic tank models. The pieces need to be cleaned up before gluing, just a little knife work and some filing.

Would you:

* prep a model, glue a model, prep a model, glue a model, prep a model, glue a model

* prep all the models, then glue all the models

Col Durnford24 Sep 2021 2:18 p.m. PST

Prep as needed then glue.

I will alway set up an assembly line only dealing with parts needed for the next step. Other part are not cut and cleaned until needed.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2021 2:30 p.m. PST

Assembly line it: prep all, then paint all. It is much more efficient, thus saving time, getting them on the tabletop sooner. I am all about speed painting. Cheers!

Chimpy Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2021 3:05 p.m. PST

Prep, Glue, Prep, Glue. With each one that you do you get better and discover any pitfalls. Not as efficient but works for me. But then paint the whole unit when all glued and dried.

It's also good if your work area can be disturbed. The last thing you want is all of your bits getting mixed up or dropped.

Acronim24 Sep 2021 4:11 p.m. PST

First prep a model, glue a model, once I have checked the important points and the defects to be corrected, prep all the models, then glue all the models.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Sep 2021 4:48 p.m. PST

Prep, prep, prep.
Paint, paint, paint.
Glue, glue, glue.
Wash, wash, wash.
Beer, beer, beer.

Forager24 Sep 2021 8:29 p.m. PST

If there were only 3 models, I'd do them one at a time. For more, I'd do the first one completely and then, once I was satisfied with it, I'd assembly line the rest.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2021 6:54 a.m. PST

I did prep model, glue model, and so on. Part of it is, for me, just so I don't screw up and mix up parts, etc. (which I did when I tried to speed things up).

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2021 8:17 a.m. PST

I would follow Acronim's approach.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2021 10:50 a.m. PST

Prep, prep, prep.
Paint, paint, paint.
Glue, glue, glue.
Wash, wash, wash.
Beer, beer, beer.

You missed a few lines etotheipi.

Bladder, Bladder, Bladder.
Run, Run, Run.
Pee, Pee, Pee.

CeruLucifus26 Sep 2021 1:45 p.m. PST

Wash parts on sprue and let dry.
For each sub-assembly, clip off all parts needed and prep (scrape, file, polish), then assemble (glue).

With 3 models I would want to work on all 3 kits together and advance all to the same stage as I go. Whether I would clip/prep 3 sub-assemblies in parallel or in serial would depend on the complexity of the sub-assemblies.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 6:52 a.m. PST

I have painted large armies, with only 3-5 different poses, out of 150 figures. Organizing them into groups of poses, then painting them Assembly Line style, saved me considerable time in painting them.

I averaged 10 minutes of brush time, per figure, and that includes applying The Dip Technique (brushed on, not dunking). That means that I averaged 1,500 minutes of painting time, or 25 hours of actual painting time on 150 figures. Granted, they all look the same (same brush stroke, same paint, same colors, etc.), and they are only good looking at arm's length, on the tabletop, but they're done! They are just one army I have, fully painted, out of more than a dozen others.

I am all about economy of painting. My armies are consistent looking for painting style, and as stated previously, they look good on the tabletop, from a few feet away. That is the 98%-tile of viewing; that is the only percentile of viewing which I care about. Economy, Baby -- it's what spins my personal world! Cheers!

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2021 6:00 p.m. PST

It depends upon the complexity of the kit. Simple ones, such as most quick assembly kits, can be done as a group. Complex ones require a first run assembly to find out how hard it is to complete. One of the worst kits I ever made was a T-26 model which had tiny road wheels which had to be carefully placed and glued between rocker housings. I shudder to think about trying to assemble three of those in an assembly line process. Getting those teeny-wheensy wheels to stay in place and remain aligned while gluing the housings made it a real pig of a kit to assemble.

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