Hello! I'm going to talk you through the steps of building the High Cistern Toilet kit in 1/48th scale.
You will need:
- snips or side cutters
- acrylic paints
- a wooden box or similar, at right angles to the work surface
- Firstly, paint each of the pieces separately. Leave the pipe attached to its support.
- Dip the very end of the metallic wire into some liquid acrylic paint, and let it dry. Repeat until you have a nice thick handle blob.
- Use a cocktail stick to put a tiny bit of superglue on the toilet base, and attach the lid.
- Use snips or side cutters to remove the support from the upright pipe.
- Dip one end of the pipe (both are the same, it doesn't matter which) into some liquid superglue, then insert it in the hole in the bottom of the cistern. Let it dry lying flat along the work surface.
- Find a box or something sturdy that you know is perpendicular to your work surface. I'm using a little wooden drawer, on the right of the photo. Set the toilet base down at right angles to it, a couple of mm away from it.
- Put a dab of glue on the bottom end of the pipe. Use the box as a guide to keep the cistern and pipe upright as you slide them down onto the base.
- Once this is dry, lie the piece with its front facing downwards and put a tiny drop of superglue on the upward facing (rear) part of the flush lever.
- With the handle at your desired height, carefully hold the flush chain in place against the back of the lever until the glue 'grabs'.
- Give it several minutes to thoroughly dry, then trim the remaining wire just above the lever.
I hope this has been helpful! If you'd like to buy one of these kits (or a completed, finished miniature) you can find it here.
(Please excuse the hideous state of my nails, I must remember not to do this right after airbrushing miniatures!)