Before You Buy

Before you buy from us, there are a few things we'd like you to know about what you're getting, and the steps you will need to take to get the most out of our buildings.

  • Our buildings are sold as kits. This means they are unassembled and unpainted. You will need to take the following steps to prepare them for assembly:
    • Use a razor blade knife and sand paper to remove any flash and excess resin along edges, inside windows, doors, and other places.
    • Soak the pieces in warm, soapy water (we use dishwashing detergent) for about 10 minutes. This is necessary to remove dust and release agent chemicals from the surface.
    • Glue the pieces together using Super Glue.
    • Prime the building with a spray (or brush) primer.
    • Paint and highlight to bring out the details.
  • Our buildings are hand crafted. Each piece is poured by hand and then we use a belt/disc sander to smooth off the rough edges. Since this is done by a person and not a robot, there will be slight differences in thickness and color between the pieces. This is normal and part of the buildings' charm.
  • You'll need a few supplies to put the buildings together. At the very least you'll need:
    • Super Glue (or some other glue that works well with plastic/resin).
    • Razor blade knife (we like the trusty Xacto knives).
    • Sand paper.
    • Needle files (very useful for smoothing out doorways and windows).
    • Putty or calk (useful for filling in corners, making roof caps, etc.).
    • Styrene or balsa wood strips (great for making roof braces, and other supports).
    • Thin plywood or chipboard for basing the buildings (they're just more sturdy when you build them on a flat base).
  • Buildings and doors are cast with different resin. As you'll see, most building pieces will be a light tan color, but most doors will be white. Bear with us for a quick (and simplified) science lesson. Resin is cast from two different components (an A and a B). When mixed, these two parts create a chemical reaction that generates heat. The larger the part, the more chemicals are present to generate that heat, and thus they harden quickly. Doors, however, are very small, and as such, don't generate as much heat. That's why we use a fast-acting resin for the doors; it ensures a quick, consistent hardening process that is better suited to small pieces.
  • Somtimes, bubbles happen. We try to avoid them, but sometimes tiny bubbles might make it into the final building. They are affected by humidity, and since our primary casting is done in Houston, humidity is a fact of life. If they're inside the building, we tend to ignore them (after all, unless you use a removable roof on the building, no one will see them). One or two on the surface are okay because they usually fill in when you apply the primer coat. Rest assured, we don't send out buildings with large bubbles or defects.
 

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