I've avoided working with this capricious material throughout my hobby experience, but the figure for Fallout Wasteland Warfare are only made from this less than ideal substance, so I find myself having to take the plunge. I have read though the most relevant sticky on this topic
, but I find myself with doubts and queries, which I hope that those of you who have experience of working with resin may be able to help me to answer.
The main issue that I have is safety. The instructions that the company which makes the models provides indicate that a safety mask should be worn when working with resin and to dampen any tools. This is to protect lungs against the effects of the dust. Does anyone have any suggestions of the sort of mask that I could use? Does anyone use a respirator mask for modelling which they could recommend? Are there any other safety procedures that I need to follow? Is the dust also harmful to the eyes?
I don't have an ideal space for working with resin. It will probably be my parent's kitchen table while I am on holiday during the summer, which is where I usually do my modelling with plastic figures, but obviously this table is used for eating, so are there any ways to prevent any dust from spreading? Will it cause problems for others in the same room? I assume that the best way to clean it up is to use a damp cloth or are there more effective methods?
In terms of the actual modelling, how much dust does simply using a scalpel to remove flash actually create? In addition, how long do those of you working with resin find is sufficient time to soak the models in washing up liquid and warm water for. I read in the sticky that overnight was a possibility, but isn't that excessive? I don't want to damage the models in any way, as they are very expensive.
I may have more questions once I start working with the figures, but I have to admit that the thought of getting started is rather intimidating at the moment, even though I won't be undertaking any work until I go on holiday in July. As a result, I'd welcome any input between now and then to help me overcome this apprehension, otherwise I'm concerned that I'll talk myself out of even working with resin.