Monday, November 25, 2013

Assembly Instructions - Police Box Dice Roller

Assembly Instructions - Themed Dice Roller


  • 150-220 grit sand paper
  • hobby knife
  • PVA or CA glue
  • masking tape, rubber bands or clamps
  • damp rag or paper towels
  • acrylic cement or clear canopy glue (for acrylic kits only)

The parts are ready to assemble as they are shipped but for the wood kits we recommend you give them a light sanding with some 150 or 220 sand paper to remove any cut marks from the laser. Using an electric palm sander for this is faster but a basic sanding block will work fine as well. You only need to sand the flats and not the wedges. The laser leaves a very clean edge that is normally free of splinters and we try to catch and clean up any before the items are shipped. If you do find one though, you can clean it up with either sand paper or a hobby knife. The acrylic kits ship with a protective paper covering that normally peels off without any issues, but if it gets stuck can use a remover like Goo Gone to make it a little easier. Do not use anything containing acetone on the acrylic parts. It will cause fogging and mar the finish on the parts.

For glue on wood kits, our personal favorite Aleene's Original Tacky Glue is the best glue ever made for craft projects like this. It doesn't run and gives you plenty of wiggle room for alignment. It also is easier to control and clean up than regular PVA glue. For acrylic kits we recommend acrylic cement. It is a specially designed bonding agent that does not cloud the finish.If you don't have or can't get acrylic cement in your area you can use clear canopy glue. Most model shops will carry it. It is not as strong as acrylic cement and takes longer to dry but it will not cloud the finish. Lastly you can use CA glue, just be careful though and use it sparingly on any parts that show. The fumes from it will cloud acrylic giving it hazy appearance.

The tape, rubber bands and clamps are just for holding parts as you assemble then and let the glue set.

Begin by laying out all the parts and locating the 4 main sides. Take the 3 complete sides and lay them out as shown. Notice that the end pieces have the angles in opposite directions and that the bottom slots have the high end to the middle.

Stand the pieces on end as shown and run a small bead of glue down the length of the joint.

Locate the 3 ramps, 2 small and 1 large. Install the 2 small ramps in the upper slots and the large on in the lower slots as shown. No glue is required for this step.

 Next glue the remaining side in place being careful to align the ramps in the slots.

Now take the remaining side and glue it in place as shown. 

Next locate the 2 bottom blocks. Note that they are 2 different sizes. 
 Glue and slide the to parts directly over the tabs on the bottom of the main body.

 Once the main body is dry we can add the surface details. Begin by locating the signs and trim.
 With the unit on its side place the trim pieces in place as shown. Note that the acrylic version uses a 2 piece trim piece. This was designed to allow for minor alignment adjustment with thinner acrylic parts. For these we recommend placing the long vertical parts first then placing the plain spreader part. It may not touch both sides and that is fine. It is just a spacer. Repeat this on all 4 sides

Now attach the "Police Box" signs on all 4 sides as shown.

Lastly, locate and attach the 4 top trim pieces as shown. Please note that on the acrylic kit this is shipped as a single piece that fits over the top of the main body as a locking ring.