So, buying models second hand. I used to be someone who scoffed at second hand models. For me, the part of the hobby I enjoy the most is the creation. I love making the models, painting them, giving them names, etc. It makes it that much more personal, seeing the beloved Captain you spent days building and painting get instagibbed by a tervigon. Gets you right there.
I always thought that if you didn’t build the model yourself, you were somehow cheating. That the models wouldn’t quite turn out how you wanted them too, because you didn’t do all the hard work. And then, of course, I actually bought some second hand models.
For MUCH cheaper than brand new.
In my previous post, I’ve already said exactly how much cheaper, so I won’t go into it in much detail here. This post is about showing you exactly what a second hand model looks like, and comparing them to new models.
Now, I haven’t been doing this blog for very long, so I don’t have any progress pics just yet. I can show you some before and afters though. Below are three pictures of marines. One picture is of models I build from scratch and painted myself, the other is models I bought from the internet, stripped the paint off of and repainted.
Which is second hand?
Guessed yet? Oh alright. It’s the apothecary. Could you tell? If so, how? Here’s some more. Remember this picture? Well, I stripped the Terminators in dettol, chopped off their arms, put new ones on, and:
Give it a try. To strip paint from a model,
- Buy a bottle of Dettol Disinfectant. It looks like this:
- Pour it into a container of some sort, like a small lunchbox or takeaway tray. I recommend using something with a lid, because this stuff smells pretty bad.
- Place your unstripped models in the dettol, making sure they’re entirely submerged.
- Leave for a while. Try to leave it for a good 24 hours, though it might be less time.
- Using gloves, take out each model once at a time and give it a damn good scrub with an old, clean toothbrush. Make sure the toothbrush is totally dry. Mixing dettol, paint and cold water together creates a horrible gloopy paste thing that is very hard to shift.
- Once you’re certain the model is paint-free, rinse it in warm water until all the dettol is off.
- Wait for it to dry.
Easy as that.