TGping’s scratchbuilding process I have some experience with sculpey maquettes and a lot of illustration experience. Add that to everything I’ve seen on the Radicons page and I have a solid understanding of how I want this to go. First I need a concept. In this instance I’m making an armor set for classics Optimus. So I start out with a to scale drawing with at least a couple of different views Here: After I know what you want, I need to measure and plan for everything, on a separate piece of paper, its time to draw transparent and exploded views of everything. Do this especially if you are on a budget Prevents a lot of mistakes from happening. And before I go further here are some tools I use: Jeweler’s saw- handy for cutting metal and styrene. Retractable X-acto cutter- very precise Needle nose pliers-you’ll see Scissors-cut styrene super easy Multiple files- what I use personally for sanding Zap-a-gap superglue- my preferred brand Insta-set- SAVES A LOT OF TIME Small 6-inch metal ruler- must have cork on back. Alright, the basis of my building technique. First I draw the shape I want, note the measurements, and draw it as many times as I think I need to build up thickness. Now I SCORE everything, not cut. USE A RULER TO GUIDE YOU! LoL, sorry I didn’t use one here, very difficult to take pics with no hands. The cork backed rulers don’t slide as much on styrene. And the metal doesn’t get cut by the blade. I then snap the pieces off that I scored. Yes, no cutting I find cutting all the way through messes up my hands pretty bad. I clench. It all snaps off real easy like. For really small pieces that need to snap off, I use the needle-nose pliers. Here they are! This next step is equally as important as sanding, its called laminating. I glued the pieces together to make a thick piece and then coated the edges in glue… the coating of the edges is actually the laminating part. I’m layering, and laminating. The laminating fills in all the cracks there may be between the layers of styrene. After sanding there shouldn’t be any seams or holes in the edges Now to change the subject a little… I figured this out on my own. In the pic below you can see the leg guard on the left has huge gaps in it. On the right leg guard I filled in the gaps with Aves Apoxy fixit sculpt. Then I sanded it down. Rather than layering huge spaces like this I just filled them in Still I decide when I should and shouldn’t layer or fill. Any questions?