I’d like to find out what tools we’re all using here to finish our models.
While some folks here take the raw model and pass it on to their customers with none or minimal post print finishing, I’m sure that most of us end up finishing our models. The extent of the finishing work may vary, but I’d like to find out about what tools you’re using and even the techniques you employ. So I’ll start.
For support removal I use a couple of different things. Flush cutters, cuticle cutters and a scalpel knife (Xacto knife set too)
Once the support is removed, I use a variety of tools to clean up the model. A set of needle files is probably the most handy, then I have a small portable rotary tool with diamond needle bits to grind down little bits in hard to get places, and a small reciprocal sander I made out of an electric toothbrush, which I use to sand down and smooth larger surface. Of course There’s always the manual sanding with various grits of sandpaper.
For painting I use a variety of primers, most commonly Armory and Citadel black or grey, for colors’ I’ve use all kinds of different paint, Tamiya, Testors, ScaleModeler, and recently GamesWorkshop/Citadel, Vallejo and Scale75. I occasionally use an airbrush, on larger parts, or surfaces that are too large to paint without leaving marks, but most of the work is brushed by hand with a variety of brushes ranging in size from 10 down to 10/0.
So what do you use?