Technology’s advancement is impressive but it can never catch up with people’s imagination. It is apparent on the long list of fascinating robots given by pop culture, from books to comics, sci-fi movies, anime, and TV shows. Like most people, you’ve probably had a strong interest in these machines, perplexed by their power and futuristic capabilities, wanting to build one on your own.
Not to worry, as you can now realize the dream and bring one into your home. Thanks to DIY robot model kits, it’s easier to assemble a robot, without having to go through the intricacies of robotics directly. It has a great level of sophistication, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge in the process. So, let’s cut through the chase, here are the basic tips to help you start building your DIY Robot Model kits.
Tip #1: Choose the scale and grade
Picking the size and scale is the initial and perhaps one of the most crucial parts of modeling. Both criteria determine the complexity and time needed to complete the project, significantly affecting the output of your robot model. For beginners, it is best to start with the 1/144 scale or the smallest scale as that is easier to finish. You can then go up to bigger models, 1/100, 1/60, and 1/48, as you gain more skills and knowledge in modeling.
Next is the grade, which pertains to the complexity and number of parts. Again, begin with easier ones, High Grade and Real Grade, as they lack intricate details and require less work. Soon, you’ll be able to move up to the Master Grade and Perfect Grade models, which are more complex but pose a fun and great challenge.
Tip #2: Inspect the parts
After getting your preferred robot model kit, the next to do is check the parts. Though it’s extremely rare, it’s best to inspect and ensure that it’s complete. That way, you won’t hit a sudden roadblock in the middle of the project after finding out that you’re missing a piece. Refer to the construction manual, check the diagram, and compare it to the part you have. All parts are numbered and lettered, which means it’s easy to distinguish if something is missing. If you lack any part, bring the kit back to the store or check for any return policy if you purchase them online.
Tip #3: Skim the instructions and adhere strictly to the manual
Take time to skim the instructions to get a feel of what’s ahead and get a geist of the steps you need to take. Browse it quickly to assess the difficulty and prepare the tools you will need. Once done, lay out all the runners on your working table in a way that it’s easier to access. Prepare them neatly to avoid getting into any mess as you build the model.
One common mistake by other modelers is neglecting the manual and constructing it as they like. While it may work for some, it can result in problems and confusion along the way, especially for beginners. You can easily get lost on what next step to take. Otherwise, you can assemble a portion that should be done at the latter part. Thus, affecting the model in its entirety. Such issues may also take a toll on your mindset and make you frustrated. So, be sure to strictly follow the directions from the manual to keep the activity seamless and fun.
Tip #4: Cut parts only when needed
Another wrong choice made by many modelers is cutting all the parts from the runners. Though it may seem relatively easier as you eliminate the need to cut parts from time to time, it can be a more daunting or more tedious process. Having all parts cut will make it harder to locate them, making it actually more time-consuming. As always stressed, simply adhere to the manual and nip the part only when it is needed as per instructions.
Tip #5: Invest in the appropriate tools
Like with any hobby, building robot model kits require certain tools. The basic ones you will need include craft knives, blades, cutters, nippers, tweezers, sanding pads, and putty. Those are sufficient enough to help you start building a few simple robot models. Don’t fret as most of them are available for a cheap price. As you get deeper into the hobby, you will deal with more complicated projects that require other arrays of equipment. Some of which are specifically intended for scale modeling. Be sure to invest in them as they are your best allies in completing your dream robot models.
Making robot model kits is a fulfilling hobby. It can be intimidating at first but once you get all the basics, you can finish them in no time. If you’re not into robots, ease your worries as there are lots of other options, such as cars, ships, trucks, trains, and aircraft, proving that the world of scale modeling is for everyone.