Hello, this is Tomeko, getting weaker and weaker day by day, with this extremely hot weather we are having these days in Japan.
We are all tired of the heat and humidity, and are looking for ways to spend the summer evening without having ennui, aren't we?
Following the line of my previous blog, I'll go on with assemblying a motor fan.
This is what is contained in the set.
All the parts except for the instruction manual are pre-painted, saving you the trouble of the whole painting business.
Not too many parts means that this item is relatively easy to put together.
On the left of the image you can also see the motor, motor-related parts, and the fan blade.
Well, time to take a closer look.
Click the image and it can get even closer.
Aghhhh, burrs are all over the parts and frames.
Well, let's just live with them.
The round plated part with radially arranged bars shown below is for the cover of the fan.
Now, I don't mean to be choosy, but the burrs on this part are going off the scale!!
I feel a bit dizzy when I realize that I'm gonna have to get rid of all those burrs.
But, hey, no pain, no gain, right?
For those of you who are wondering what exactly "burrs" are, they are unwanted remains of a material on the plastic model parts, kind of a leftover of the molding process.
Nowadays they are becoming rare with the advancement of plastic processing technologies, but with older productions you often find them, and you have to remove them as needed if you are to build the model up to par.
If you enlarge the image above and see the central part that looks like a basket, you will see some silver "films" around the center. They are the burrs.
I'll take up my cutting knife and get on with it.
To cut just so that you won't cut too deep, you need a tool that cuts very well.
The snag with this kind of touching up is that the plastic part underneath the silver coating becomes visible where you get rid of the burrs, detracting from the appearance of the finished work.
This is where Chrome Silver comes in handy. GM100 Chrome Silver
Oopps, it's sold out. Sorry!
Actually, any silver paint will do the job.
After you eliminate the burrs and "silverwash"where the burrs were, it looks like this.
I know, I know, it's nowhere near perfect, but please bear in mind that I am a novice at plastic modelling, trying to give you some idea what even a novice can do and enjoy with the items we deal with at HOBBY SEARCH!
This brings me to the end of today's blog.
Next time I'm going to go on to the next step of installing the motor and actually moving the blades of the fan.
Until next week!