The Storm Strider is a killer model. Hands down, I love a big, walking lightning generator any day of the week.
Luckily, that can be clipped off, and the area filed smooth. Nothing tragic or irreparable, just time and oh-so-lovely resin dust.
The two that are closed most are the ones that correlate to the corner with the raised leg, and the corner opposite. Cool – I don’t have to remember to put the right leg onto the right corner. So long as they bend down and then back up and point away from the hips, I’m golden!
They have very little flash on them – nothing more than you would see on any other metal PP product:
The leg bone is connected to the… hip bone! The hips here is really just a box with several keyed holes for each leg, as well as a huge one on the top for the gantry. This part had three pour tubes, and they’re all on the bottom. Awesome! I can clip them, file them and forget about them.
A little flash here and there, but a single piece this large molded as one piece is bound to have some flash somewhere.
Next, we have the generator ball. It’s a decent size, it’s just about the dame size as a large base. Mine has a pair of mold lines, one of which goes through one of the little nodes. However, the mold lines are on the bottom half of the sphere, so I can just bury that node in the back by the gantry and buttress, and no one will see it! Here’s some detailed pictures:
The last parts are the crew and their hand railings. Unlike the Death Star, the Storm Strider has hand railings so the driver and gunner can’t fall. These look great and don’t appear to need any clean up except for the rare bit of flash. The control rods on the driver are a bit delicate though, so I may see about swapping them out for wire if they aren’t too thin.
So, overall, 20 pieces, and they all look pretty damn good. The resin pieces need some work, but resin always needs a bit more work than plastic or metal. Someone has to be the problem child. Honestly, I’d much rather have to spend a bit of time working on the model than sacrifice the details. The resin pieces are all super highly detailed and look fantastic.
The next Storm Strider post will cover cleanup, specifically working on the ball. Round surfaces scare people, as does working on resin, so I’ll go over a few of the techniques I use to clean up difficult areas.