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    March, 2017
What is your workflow?
Posted by FredW on Thursday, March 30, 2017 2:47 PM

This is my first post besides introducing myself. What is your workflow?  I have noticed a few people posting pictures of door cards fully painted and detailed but still connected to  spru (spelling?). Is that how most move forward?  How do you finish the door once you cut it off?  Once I saw those pictures it made me start to think about the process of preparing all the pieces. Sorry if this is a strange question, but I am curious how you all think about efficiencies in building.  

Fred W

Oxford, MI

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    May, 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, March 30, 2017 7:01 PM

Personal preference I guess.

I always remove all of my parts from the sprue before painting.

It makes it a bit more work that way because some parts need to be remounted for painting, but this way I can mount them so that there will need to be no touch up.



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    February, 2004
  • From: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Posted by heylonghair on Friday, May 05, 2017 9:56 AM

My workflow goes something like this...

  • Buy kit
  • Open kit
  • Cut 1 or 2 pieces off sprues/glue a couple pieces together
  • Buy another kit
  • Open kit
  • Cut 1 or 2 pieces off sprues/glue a couple pieces together
  • Repeat ad infinitum

Stick out tongue

Seriously, though, I always cut parts off the sprue before painting either to complete sub-assemblies for easier painting and/or to clean up the sprue points so that I don't have touch up the paint later.

The problem with doing something really stupid to impress people is that they may just be impressed by how stupid you really are.
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    July, 2016
  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Friday, May 05, 2017 1:24 PM


I’m what you call a “re-newbie”. Just back in the hobby after about 50 years. I might be the last person to offer advice/opinion on anything, but I will anyway. I’ve spent the last several weeks playing, more than actually building. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to do several things. One of those things is how best to paint small parts. I tried on the sprue and off. For me it seems to work better with the parts off the sprue. You have to paint one side, let it dry, flip it over and paint, then let that dry, but I found that works better for me. Keep in mind that I haven’t been trying to attach the part to a clip or toothpick to paint. I just lay the parts on the floor of my homemade paint booth. The trouble I ran into trying to paint on the sprue was that I sometimes was having to sand a fairly large area where the sprue had been connected tot he part. I was fouling sandpaper needlessly. I don’t always get the best cut when I remove the part from the sprue and if that happens I end up having to sand back away from the attachment point where I have already painted. The paint makes a mess of the sandpaper. So, for me, painting off the sprue is the way to go. I hope this rambling makes at least a little sense.


On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, May 06, 2017 7:37 AM

Because I'm a kit-basher, scratch-builder and customizer, I may spend years collecting parts, decals, photoetch, etc. I put all the pieces in labeled zip-lock bags, and then put all the parts in a labeled box along with photographs  or sketches of the car I want to build someday. As I finish projects, I can then search out a new project at my descreation.

For me this is a very enjoyable way of not only building, but searching for parts I need for a build I have designed in my head.

I have around 50 of these "ready to be builts" sitting waiting, and probably another 50 with doors and other features already hinged, custom work done and many primered and ready for paint.

I may not finish all of them, but man it was fun putting all these kit parts together and coming up with the design and colors and other features, and all the dreaming that went into each one.

Building and the enjoyment for me comes in all phases from the very first stages of planning to the final steps of completion. Each stage offers it's own rewards, and I find great fullfilment in each as I progress through the build.

Oh, and do I remove parts from the tree's?? Everyone of them Smile, Wink & Grin Thumbs Up.

Love Velocity channel, Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions 






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Posted by FloridaBoy on Saturday, May 06, 2017 12:06 PM

In a way I got a lot done, and in another way, it seems I got nothing done. 

First, I just got a brand new computer, with a super large screen and keyboard (Apple), and an Apple 6 smartphone, so I guess I am accomplishing significant technical progress to post photos of my work.  The phone is transferred this past weekend, and the computer is to be installed this week. I thought about it deeply, and since I am quite active in the contest circuit down here in south Florida, I will only post cars I do not plan to enter, or those retiring from a year of entering. I do not believe in "campaigning" my cars to get approval votes to vie for an award.  I would like my work to either be judged (IPMS) or shown on its own.

My style since I retired has been to keep about 20-30 models "on the verge" to be finished (just a small move to done) and a lot of new starts, so a work session sort of reminds me of a bee in a meadow. A little here, and a little there, and ultimately the model tells me it is time. I have 3 coming out this week, and have about 4 or 5 more this month.  My next contest is late October, so I will have plenty of time to complete quite a few more, and start a lot more for the next year.

I also go off in tangents, from my regular custom, street rod, street machine, to now TROG's, Bonneville history racers, oddities, and the like. I am easily inspired by many sources, old and new magazines, Velocity Channel, etc, and always have a mess of boxes of work in progress.  

So, workflow is very undisciplined and very very impulsive.  I can never make contest deadlines, and only enter what I have at the time.  I see a lot of guys scramble at the last minute to make a Mopar for a Mopar show, and I never ever succeed, so I go at my own turtlitic pace, and build the best I can with what I got.

Geessssshhhhhhh, love this hobby

Ken "FloridaBoy" Willaman, soon to post a few cars

Ken Willaman
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  • From: Lake Orion, Mi.
Posted by tgabreu on Sunday, May 07, 2017 10:00 AM

I like to assemble parts, then paint the assemblies. I add smaller parts, then paint them. trying to paint parts on the trees makes it difficult to clean them up, then they usually need touch up after removal. As always there are exceptions, but this is how I usually build. My philosophy is this is supposed to be a relaxing hobby- anything that causes stress needs to be re-though! You should try different approaches, and figure out which is most comfortable for you.


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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 15, 2017 8:11 AM

My workflow usually starts with body preparation...removing moldlines and such, then component painting and assembly.  Then final assembly.  I like to vary what I build with factory stock, street rod/machine, hot rod, pickup trucks/SUVs, with an occasional boat/plane/starship thrown in for a little variety.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-Morgan 4/4; '32 Ford 5-Window Coupe; 1969 Dodge Dart GTS

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