Modeling and Painting Instructions
for Polyurethane Foam Molded Products

Model Preparation

These scenic models are supplied unpainted and are molded in rigid polyurethane foam. They are created by hand pouring polyurethane foam resin into rubber molds. As the foam mixture rises, it fills the mold cavity. However, some small air pockets, flash, or surface irregularities are to be expected with this type of molding process. Any surface pockets, molding defects, or battle damage can be filled with sandable hobby filler putty. Bondo or Elmers wood putty are good filler materials to use. Polyurethane foam models are also easily modified by the hobbyist. Polyurethane foam sands, cuts, and shapes quite readily with standard home and hobby tools. If necessary, the bottoms can be sanded flat and any separate components can be fitted. As with any workshop project, Vatican Enterprises recommends the use of personal protective gear such as safety glasses and a dust mask when making modifications to the models.


Acetone based primers such as Armory or Citadel work best. These can be sprayed directly on the models without having to remove any release agent residue from the molding process. Lacquer based primers will also work, but the models must first be washed with
a solvent such as prepsol or lacquer thinner to remove the model release. If this is not done, lacquer based primers may bead up or resist the surface of the model. If the models are washed with a solvent, allow them to dry thoroughly before priming. As with any primer, several light coats work best to avoid filling up any details.


Standard acrylic water based paints work best for painting these models. Try painting on base coats and then applying an ink wash. The wash will run into the details on the model. After the wash dries, dry bush these areas to highlight them. Use this technique and large brushes to quickly paint big areas. Use smaller bushes to paint specific details. After you have finished painting the model, spray on a protective topcoat of Krylon clear matte finish.

Safety Precaution

Vatican Enterprises does not recommend these products for children under eight years of age. Pieces of the models could be broken or bitten off and pose a choking risk. These models are not intended to be childrens' toys. They are intended for the hard-core collector and wargamer who truly wants wargaming scenics worth fighting for.

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