stupid questions about using subassemblies
To date I have rarely painted models (I'm a fairly enthusiastic assembler and even kitbasher, painting not so much), so the issue of doing complex models in subassemblies has been a moot one for me (if I did models in subassembly and left them until they were painted, I'd have no army to speak of), particularly since I'm not a great painter and thus it's not like the quality of the paint job was going to change much whether I did it or not. Partly as a bid to slow down my acquisition of plasticrack, partly because circumstances have changed such that I'll have less opportunity to play for the foreseeable future, and partly because there have been a number of gorgeous new models I'd actually like to do a good job on, I find myself needing to know how to deal with subassemblies. Specifically:
1) Since many sub assemblies won't naturally "stand", how do you prime them? Just lie them flat, prime, allow to dry, turn over, and prime again?
2) having painted the subassemblies, how do you attach them to the other parts of the model? I'm guessing the paint job prevents plastic glue from working, so do you have to use superglue? How do you prevent excess glue from ruining other parts of the paint job (yes yes control how much you apply, I'm talking if that fails)?
3) do you have to use pins to make sure the positioning of the model will be correct (and limit the need for glue) once you're done painting?