The build has been going really well, with most of the big parts cleaned up, straightened and dry fitted. It’s time to clean the parts. I use hot water, a toothbrush and washing up liquid to clean the parts. As you can see I use lemon washing up liquid so my parts smell nice.
I just chuck a handful of parts in and go for it. Don’t put too many in and not too for long. The smaller ones will heat up and go floppy.
I also have a bowl of cold water on stand by for 2 reasons. The first is to wash the off the soapy water and the second reason is if the parts have got hot and floppy then I can hold it in place under the cold water to set it back in shape.
The pasta strainer is a very sensible thing to use when you're doing the cleaning under running water. I'm usually doing cleaning like that in the bathroom sink but stopped using running water because with bigger kits or larger number of minis to clean, it's just a waste of water. Nowadays I usually scrub them with some soap and water (using the good old toothbrush of course), put them aside and then rinse all parts at once.
I hate the wash stage as well. It takes ages.
Pasta strainer is a brilliant suggestion. This is a great way for my wife to be a part of the hobby. I use her hair dryer already and now I can use her kitchen utensils.
- Luis Nieves
The only problem with using a pasta strainer would be any smaller parts… of course, this is probably not so much of an issue with somethign like a Thunderhawk, but might be more of a concern if you are building some infantrymen or somesuch.
Personally, I don't mind the washing part, it is a necessary evil that I have respect for having seen what NOT doing this properly can do to a painted model.
Also, it's important that your parts smell good. I once washed a resin kit with Lavender washing up liquid which was lying around and it was during the building that I realised that my bits stank! I can't stand Lavender.
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this is my absoloute least favourite part. I wash mine with a toothbrush too but use Jif intstead of dish liquid.
I also use running water to make sure I get all the stuff off and use a pasta strainer so I don't loose any small bits in the sink 🙂