Working with our models

We use two methods of 3D printing: Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and Stereolithography (SLA). FDM or "filament" printing uses PLA plastic, which is melted and deposited in layers to build up a model. PLA is safe and easy to use, and very suitable for scale modelling. SLA or "resin" printing uses a UV-cured resin and allows us to achieve very high levels of detail and smooth curves on the models that require it.

General Notes

The PLA plastic can start to deform at temperatures above 40°C. We recommend avoiding using hot glue on the these models and avoid leaving them on hot radiators when waiting for newly painted models to dry.

The UV-cured resin models are susceptible to UV degradation as it continues to cure the resin. This can make the models become very brittle. We recommend to avoid leaving models in direct sunlight, and applying a layer of paint to seal the model.


Our models can be painted just like any other plastic kit or model. Acrylic paints are commonly used.

Applying primer before painting will help to improve the final appearance of the model.


The PLA plastic and UV cured resin we use both work well with cyanoacrylate adhesives.

PLA is not very soluble in acetone, and it cannot be used to bond parts together.