I'll end up gluing a bunch of them together, but not all. Just like when working on a larger miniature or vehicle, you want to leave parts unglued to make them easier to paint.
They'll have to be removed.
You're going to have to be careful with a model kit. The plastic is usually thinner than the minis we're used to. If you use your normal force when removing these lines, you'll either ruin the model or cut yourself.
Here I'm gluing the chrome part on because a lot of my chrome parts are going to end up being primed.
These will have to be filled with putty of some kind. (more on that in another post)
When possible, glue them on right away so they don't go missing later.
Areas get filed and cut off.
I use a knife to chip and stipple. By stipple, I mean repeatedly pressing the tip into the fans and their edges to eventually give it all a well worn look.
I also use tweezers to bend and twist some of the fans.
I use a knife to stipple the edges slightly and wear the belt down, as well as some of the gears. Careful you don't end up cutting through.
Tweezers are also a good way to bend the belt. Again, be careful that you don't break the plastic.
manual drill to make this part more realistic and drill out the holes between the struts. Using a file and knife, I expand them some and remove some of the struts.
You can see blackened areas where I've used heated metal to simulate weld joints. More on this later.