Frequently Asked Questions
- Elkton Creek Smelter Kit - M14 & T10 Corrections
- Are your instructions available in an electronic format ?
- Are detail parts included in your kits ?
- Why don't you provide strip wood for bracing in your kits ?
- How hard are your kits to build ?
- How do you hold pieces in place and square while they dry ?
- What kinds of paint and glue do you recommend ?
- What forms of payment can we use on your website ?
We have had a couple reports about mis-aligned slots and tabs on these two(2) pieces. It appears that an outdated version of these two(2) plates may have made their way into the most recent production run. If the M14 piece in your kit is not designed as the one shown in the diagram below, please contact us with your mailing address for a free replacment. T10 can be corrected by following the simple instructions in the diagram below.
Yes, our instructions are available in a PDF or JPEG format by request. Modellers can use the "Contact Us" feature of this website or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy via e-mail. Please note that some of these files are fairly large so they may take some time to download.
Yes, we include all detail parts that are attached to the stucture and often a sampling of accessory parts that are also available separately. Typically these parts are cast from resin or white metal and require minimal clean-up/preparation prior to painting (if painting is required at all). We don't 'bury' the structure in detail parts because we strive to ceate a model that is interesting to view from most angles on it's own. This is especially true of our industry based kits which are usually composites of the most interesting elements of several prototypes.
Our kits are typically cut from micro-plywood or TaskBoard which are far less prone to warping than the less expensive basswood sheets used by many other manufacturers. This characteristic holds true when the pieces are painted. For our larger structures, we provide internal walls that interlock and support the outer walls so that they remain straight and square. These internal walls also assist in holding pieces in place during the assembly process while making for a sturdier structure overall.
Depends. Some of our kits are fairly large and require more time to build but the process is essentially the same as the smaller kits. Just more iterations of the same steps. A good first kit to try is the "Waterville Shanty" available in both N & HO which provides a good introduction to the typical design and contents of our kits.
Bits of basic masking tape works well for holding wall and roof peices together. Of course, the more traditional mini-clamps are nice too if you have them. Our kits are designed to keep themselves square but sometimes during the construction process, a metal machinist square or heavy angle brace comes in handy.
For our wooden kits, you can use virtually any kind of paint or permanent marker. Permanent markers are especially good for smaller models and have the advantage of drying almost instantly. Because most of our kits are cut from micro-plywood sheets, there is much less chance of warpage even when using water-based paints. When using water-based paints, you probably should paint both sides of each piece. With oil/lacquer based paints and markers, this is usually not necessary. For glues, Aileene's Tacky Glue and any other PVA glue works the best. Have found that basic white glues tend to be too thin and take too long to set up.
Most of scenic and detailing parts can be easily painted with basic aerosol paint available in most hardware and home improvement stores. Many of these parts only require one color and some don't require any painting at all. Also, on the rare occasion that assembly is require with our detailing parts (usually the vehicle kits), a thickened CA or "Super Glue" works the best.
The styrene plastic building sheets that we offer can be colored using any of the methods mentioned earlier. To create mortar lines, white or light gray chalk dust and diluted white or light gray latex paint work well. Some folks add color to individual stones or bricks using a tiny brush or permanent markers. Too much of this activity might affect your sanity so do it in moderation :) !
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