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Welcome to the actual builders club! I usually use an old toothbrush and dawn and warm water. Leave the small stuff on the sheet while washing. Blot off w a paper towel and blow dry with a hair dryer set on no heat if you are in a hurry. I don’t wear gloves. Once constructed, wash again before painting. I use a tap for resin threading, I have had a couple of castings split....
New Hope MN
So I'm gearing up for my first crack at building a resin kit. I've had a couple F&C kits in the closet for way too long now, and I thought the Pennsy X37 would be a good one to start with since its a one-piece body casting. (And yes Bruce, I'll follow along on PRR-Pro as well.) Before I dive in, I have a couple (hopefully) easy questions.
First of all, washing all the resin parts - what's the best way to actually do that? Just let them soak in a bowl of soapy water, or do they need to be scrubbed with a toothbrush? Do most of you wash all the little parts on the "sprue" or cut them out and sand off the flashing first? Also, should I be wearing gloves during the build, so I don't get skin oils all over the clean parts?
Secondly, when I go to mount the trucks, do I need to tap the hole to accept a screw? Or is the resin soft enough that I can just drill it carefully and the screw will self-thread without cracking the resin?