These days, model boat kits and other scale models are available in an array of shapes, sizes, types, colors, and difficulty levels, but there’s one thing they have in common – they need a builder to bring them to life. Thankfully that’s where you, the avid scale modeler, get a chance to bring something truly incredible to live.
This handy scale modeling checklist will certainly help to get the best out of every building project you embark upon.
Know your subject
Are you a fan motorbikes, cars, planes, or ships? When choosing your next scale model, it pays to go with something you are truly interested in or want to learn more about. The build process can stretch on for months or even years, so do you really want to spend that time on a project you won’t enjoy from beginning to finish?
Do your homework
After finding a suitable scale model to build, spend some time researching and finding as much as about the model and the real thing it is replicating. Search the internet and books/magazines so you can get a good idea of how you want your model to look. Forums for model boat kits also offer excellent sources for friendly advice from experienced modelers, who are happy to meet and help beginners throughout their projects.
It’s a matter of scale
Choose a scale that you’re happy with, and remember that the scale, the less room you will have to show off your collection. Bigger scale models tend to be more for the experienced modeler, but if you’re up for a challenge, remember to follow the instructions with a keen eye. Popular scales are – 1/72, 1/48, 1/35, 1/24, 1/18, 1/16, 1/12, 1/8, and 1/4.
The right tools for the job
A carpenter wouldn’t knock nails in without a hammer, and likewise, you shouldn’t start a project without the necessary tools for the job at hand. You need not have all the tools at the beginning, but some fundamental modeling tools from a trustworthy model kit retailer will let you embark on the right foot.
The correct adhesive
There are numerous types of glue, and generally, information is provided with the model boat kits, but in doubt, you should always seek guidance. To get you started, there are some kit manufacturers even offer a glue sample. When gluing small parts, use tweezers to make placing the parts easier.