Former Mustang Hood

Tip for October 2007:
How Not to Cure Paint

Every modeler has, at one time or another, experienced the frustration of having to put a project on hold long enough for paint and/or glue to dry. Some modelers use this "down time" to work a different kit altogether, rotating through their projects to allow each one time to dry. Others try to speed up the process any way that they can, and a common idea is to put parts under a heat source (such as a lamp). But be careful: even low-wattage bulbs can get hot enough to warp plastic, and once the damage is done it's usually permanent. So remember: patience is a virtue with all aspects of model building, including the time you're away from the bench!