The following is a simple step by step guide to assembling Railway People Miniatures ready for painting (covered in the next article).
1. Check your miniatures over and try heads on bodies. This initial 'dry run' is a good way to try out different combinations and positions to see what looks best. At this stage the necks and cavities may need cleaning, or a small amount of cutting to achieve a good fit due to warping, or excess material.
2. Clean up the heads and bodies. There may be a small amount of flash on the miniatures, this is perfectly normal and is actually a sign the resin has penetrated the details of the mould well and achieved a good fill. The best way to remove it, and any other small surface irregularities, is to use a sharp craft knife and then to finish off with a needle file, or small piece of emery cloth. The neck and the cavity it fits in will probably require the most attention to ensure a good fit at the depth and angle you want.
3. Glue heads and bodies together. The best glue to achieve a strong bond is a two part epoxy (e.g. Araldite, here a black one is used so it shows up clearly), however cyanoacrylate (super glue) also works very well, especially the gel type. The miniatures may need to be positioned carefully, or propped up at the right angle until the glue cures, scrunched up kitchen foil can be useful for this.
4. Clean up any excess glue and fill any remaining gaps. Using a craft knife, needle file, or emery cloth carefully remove any excess glue. Any tiny pinholes, or gaps, particularly at the neck join can be filled, ideal for this is a two part epoxy putty (such as Milliput, 'White, Superfine'). Such putties can be cut, filed, or sanded when cured to provide a smooth finish.
Your miniatures are now ready to be painted - these five strapping railway men get painted step by step in the next article.