Do you want to build something with your hands and have grown tired of blocks and bricks? It is time to try the impressively rewarding hobby of model building. Here you will get answers of a few of the most common questions about the models, and when you are done reading it till the end, you can easily choose your first model kit and required supplies. Let’s get started.
What are Model Kits?
Model kits come in several small pieces; you need to assemble them to make a final product; this is the defining characteristic of the model kits. The kits sold at Toy Central and Hobby come in a variety of materials, including metal, wood (usually balsa wood), and plastics.
Depending on the material of the model kit, you may be placing the model together using small nails, glue, screws, or a combination of all three of them. Several model kits also need some painting to complete, so the end product appears like the one on the box.
The most common kits found molded in plastic form scale models of military figures and vehicles, ships and boats, trucks, and aircraft.
Skill Levels and What They Mean
Almost all model kits come in one of the five skill levels that represent the difficulty level you will face while completing it.
Skill level 1: In this level, you only have to snap-together the pieces, and there is no need to paint or glue.
Skill level 2: Effortless kits that require paint and glue to complete and have less than 1000 pieces.
Skill level 3: this level includes smaller, more precise parts and has over 100 pieces.
Skill level 4: This includes advanced kits with extra-fine details; and most certainly has over 100 pieces.
Skill level 5: It is for export modelers. They have super-detailed parts and contain moving pieces like rotating propellers on planes, working suspension on motorcycles and cars, and moveable turrets on tanks.
Glue First or Paint First?
Like all the new modelers, this question will pop into your head as well. While there is no straightforward answer to this question, but with a bit of thinking, you will get the idea of when and what you should do first – glue first and or paint?
For example, if you are putting a model car together, then would you want to paint the dashboard and seats after installing the body and roof? Probably you will not. When you find yourself in doubt; read the instructions thoroughly; as they often suggest the order in the guide.
Tips for Building a Model Kit
The thing that attracts many hobbyists to scale modeling is that you start with thousands of pieces, and then using some fundamental tools, you form and bring something exceptional to life. It is fun to work on the project as well as rewarding seeing the final product.
Select a subject you love
Are you working on a ship, car, or plane model? Maybe it is a battle scene from history or even a pop culture model. Always select something you are passionate about instead of picking any subject and start working on it. If you love Star Wars, you can build X-Wing Fighter, and similarly, if you love cars, make one.
The process gets much more fun and enjoyable when you work on something you love and interest you.
Find some friends and resources
It is not recommended to go through the model building process alone as there are substantial communities, forums, and modeling clubs out there that offer you advice, support, and even answer the questions as you are working on your model. There are several websites and magazines out there to help modelers of all expertise levels build a better model.
Do some research
It is a crucial step that you cannot neglect; do proper homework and research after finding the scale model you want to build. It will enhance your experience and make it more enjoyable for you.
Spend some time discovering and researching information about the real thing; for example, if you are building a ’67 Ford Mustang,’ then do search ‘1967 Ford Mustang’ on the Internet and go through your search results. It is also fun to discover the different ideas on how to paint your model and get some background history of the item you are making.
Make sure you have the proper tools
It may sound like common sense for most of you, but you will be surprised to know that a lot of people start the modeling process shorthanded. Lacking proper tools can make the process dull and unenjoyable, so it is essential to have all the vital tools before beginning the building process.
A carpenter does not pound the nails with a rock; for this purpose, he uses a hammer. In the same way, you can do proceed and do your job without them. However, this does not mean you should spend dollars buying each and everything you will use just once. Make out the list of the tools that you will be needing and are necessary and only purchase those.
Remember, it is not a race
When you decide to build a scale model, keep in mind that it will be a very long process, and it is a fun part about it as well. Models can take months and even years, but this duration is not for beginners; only the experienced modelers take years. So, be patient and do not get frustrated. Patience is the key that will lead you to an exceptional final product.
Building Model Kit –A Fun Hobby
Building model kits is an enjoyable hobby that you must try. To make the process straightforward and effortless, you need to read the instructions, research the selected subject, and have the proper tools. The duration of the building process makes it more fun, but you need to be patient to see the exceptional final product. A few tips mentioned above will give you an idea and suggestions about model building.