The Celestial Fulcrum is an enormous arcane apparatus that allows Circle druids to tap into the primal tides of nature. While at first glance the sheer amount of pieces makes assembling this model seem daunting, thanks to the clever design by our studio and production department putting together the Fulcrum is actually very straightforward.
Start by examining the contents. Lay out the parts and clean up the flash and mold lines. The Celestial Fulcrum is divided fairly evenly between large resin parts and smaller white metal pieces. Cleaning the metal parts is easily done with clippers, a hobby knife, and a file set. Use the clippers to remove large pieces of flash and the knife and files to smooth out the mold lines.
The resin parts also have flash that needs to be removed. This excess resin is from the sprue used to hold the part in place inside the silicone mold. Several parts on the Fulcrum have round nubs on their undersides from the casting process (highlighted red in the photo). You can easily remove those with clippers. Once the pieces are trimmed use a hobby knife or wet sanding to smooth the area.
It is important to note that resin dust can be toxic if inhaled, so be sure to wear a dust mask when working with resin parts. An N-95 respirator is best. Using a hobby knife to scrape the mold lines creates less dust than sanding or filing, so it is the recommended method. There are times when sanding is necessary, however, and for this we recommend a wet sanding technique. Wet sanding is done with sandpaper dipped in water. The water helps trap the resin dust so that it does not release into the air. Sandpaper intended for wet sanding has a backing of plastic rather than paper, which would deteriorate in water. When you are finished cleaning the resin parts, wash them with soap and water to remove any excess resin dust and to ensure there is no mold release agent remaining on the part, which might prevent paint from adhering to the model.
Once you have cleaned the mold lines and removed the flash from the parts, move on to the assembly. Begin by attaching the metal support of the Fulcrum’s orb assembly to the resin base with Formula P3 Superglue.
Once the glue is dry, attach the stone arc marked A in the components picture to the attachment point on the right of the metal support. The parts are notched so that they fit together easily and correctly. You can also pin the parts to ensure a stronger bond.
Next begin building the central apparatus using the large orb representing Caen, the three smaller orbs representing the moons, and the metal support beams. Each orb and support is labeled with a number; simply match the corresponding parts to each other and attach with superglue.
Then attach the upper resin arc to the large orb. Be sure that when you attach the upper arc the majority of it goes behind the central orb.
Once the moon assemblies are dry, match them to the their attachment points on the largest orb using the corresponding letter labels. Orb A should point away from the top strut of the large orb. Orb B should point toward the top strut, causing it to slightly overlap with the resin arc. Strut C should be attached so that its orb faces up.
For the last preassembly stage, attach the druids to the rock outcroppings. The druids and smaller rock bases are interchangeable, but to match the studio model attach the druid with his arms raised to rock base C and attach the two with arms outstretched to rock bases A and B.
For ease of painting we recommend you do not attach the three preassembly steps together until painting is complete. This will allow you to reach the many areas of this intricate model much more easily. Attach the druids to spare 30 mm bases and the upper assembly to a spare Formula P3 primer cap with a pin and poster putty.
For the final assembly, attach the orb apparatus to the base using the notched attachment points found on the metal arc assembly and the bottom of the large orb.
Attach the three druids to their positions by matching the corresponding letters on the base of their rock stands to the large resin base to complete the assembly.