8×8 ISO Tanktainer Type Three (Bromine Tank)

Instructions For 8×8 ISO Tanktainer Type Three (Bromine Tank)
(1:160 & 1:148 Versions)

Here’s what you’ll receive from Shapeways when you order this model:

Here’s what you’ll need to build the model:

  • A sharp knife or wire cutters to cut/remove sprues.
  • Your preferred cleaning substance. (See options in Cleaning section below).
  • If desired, fine sandpaper to smooth any rough patches or print lines.
  • Tweezers and magnification may be helpful.

I’d recommend doing a dry-run of the assembly process before finishing/painting/glue to understand how everything goes together.

Removing Sprues & Separating Pieces

The first thing we need to do is separate the frame and the tank by removing the sprues that hold the two pieces together. You can use a knife or a pair of wire cutters to cut/remove the sprues. The sprues join the frame at the locations shown by the red circles in the image below; the circles with hatched lines show the location of sprues obscured by other parts.

Any burrs or small pieces of sprue left attached to the frames can be removed with a sharp knife or sandpaper.

Cleaning

In the picture above you can see some white marks on the tank surface. These are the remains of the wax that supported the model while it was being printed. If you compare the marks to the shape of the frame you will see that the wax that created these marks was supporting the cross beams during printing. Even after cleaning, the surface where the wax has been may remain rougher than the surrounding areas but it won’t be noticeable after painting.

It’s always a good idea to clean the model before painting to remove this waxy residue. You can clean the parts by briefly soaking them in a degreasing substance or very gently with a degreaser and soft brush. Be very careful when cleaning the frame, although the material is flexible you don’t want to damage the frame.

For more information on recommended cleaning methods and products see this tutorial or this discussion on the Shapeways website.

Surface Smooting

You may also want to gently smooth the surface of your model with some fine sandpaper. Be careful when sanding the frame and near the very fine ribs on the tank. Remember to clean away any sanding dust by gently washing the parts again before painting.

Painting

Once the parts are clean and dry you can undercoat and paint them as you would any other plastic model. Be careful to avoid clogging fine details, particularly the very small tabs on the ends of the tank frame and the corresponding slots on the main frame.

Painting the parts before assembly will be much easier and more precise than waiting until the model is fully assembled. 

Assembly Instructions

First, add the tank ends to the tank; the tanks ends are a loose fit so take care to ensure they are positioned correctly before the glue sets.

We can now connect the tank frame and the main frame. Start by inserting the tabs at one end of the tank frame into the slots on the main frame. You can very gently bend the main frame at the opposite end until the other tabs click into their slots. It is helpful to use tweezers and magnification to do this.

The uprights of the main frame do not have tabs. These can have a small dot of glue applied to them just before they are moved into the correct positions.

That’s it. You should now have a fully assembled ISO bromine tanktainer model.