Choosing A Model / What's My Skill?
Assembling The Model
Painting The Model
Detailing The Model
Using an Airbrush
Things You'll Need
the hobby should choose a simple to build kit for their first two or three
models. This gives you valuable experience and a finished model quite quickly.
up on a project if things go wrong as you build it. Get it finished as best
you can even if its totally messed up!. Get experience painting your
finished masterpiece even if its not perfect because it will help the
Look for a
model at the proper skill level. Think about the person the model is intended
for - his interests, his hobbies, his personal history.
attracts the person's interest. For example, he might have a favorite race
car driver, and a model of that driver's car would be an appropriate choice.
the person's house. Notice the character of the models that have been assembled
and seek out one of similar style.
Check the manufacturer's
name on the person's assembled models to learn the type and quality he prefers.
Ask for recommendations from a friend or relative of the person you're buying
the model for.
model kits aren't confined to cars, ships and airplanes. Perhaps a model
of the Saturn moon rocket or the starship Enterprise would appeal.
AMT and other model kits feature a skill level on the packaging-1, 2, or 3-which
will help you identify the amount of skill and/or model building experience
needed to allow the builder to get the full enjoyment from the kit. Let's look
at each of them a bit more closely: (Revell AG has 5 skill levels)
painting, No glue necessary-Ages 8 and up
Skill Level 1 kits are molded in color, so no painting is needed to have a good
looking replica when finished. They also are engineered to snap together without
requiring the use of glues or cements. Skill Level 1 kits also typically feature
a smaller number of parts as well as not too many very small parts. They're
aimed at the younger builder as well as someone of any age that may not have
too much model building experience or someone getting back into modeling after
a number of years. Skill Level 1 kits also feature "peel and stick"
type markings instead of the waterslide type decal found in our Skill Level
2 and 3 kits. No water, No glue, No paint, No mess!
and Glue needed-Ages 10 and up
This is the largest group of kits and are by far our most popular model kits.
Most are molded in a neutral color such as white to make it easier to paint,
as most traditional modelers prefer to do. The molded color will appear in the
information section on the boxside as well as the approximate number of parts
contained in the kit. The greater the part count, the greater the number of
smaller parts and thus, the greater the detail. Glue or cement will be needed
to assemble the parts of your kit. Skill Level 2 kits also feature traditional
waterslide type decals. Waterslide decals offer greater detail, more colors
and are much thinner than peel and stick markings for more realism.
and Glue needed-Ages 12 and up
Skill Level 3 kits are our most advanced kits and offer an appropriate level
of detail and authenticity. Frequently extra parts are also supplied for multiple
building versions. We suggest the builder have some previous model building
experience before tackling a Skill Level 3 kit due to the complexity of some
of the assemblies and/or the multiple color painting schemes needed. Skill Level
3 kits also require glue or cement for assembly and feature waterslide decal
sets, some of which are quite elaborate.
5- kits are the most advanced
They offer an appropriate level of detail and authenticity, they usually require
extensive work with the interior/engine details of the model kit. Frequently
extra parts are also supplied for multiple building versions. We suggest the
builder have some previous model building experience before tackling a Skill
Level 3,4,5 kit due to the complexity of some of the assemblies and/or the multiple
color painting schemes needed. Skill Level 3,4,5 kits also require glue or cement
for assembly and feature waterslide decal sets, some of which are quite elaborate.
You need a
large table with adequate lighting.
yourself with the instructions.
than break, individual parts from the plastic trunks or sprues.
parts included, to the list of parts needed.
Clean up the
parts using sandpaper to remove nubs and excess plastic resulting from manufacturing,
then wash them in a mild detergent and allow to dry.
parts assembly sequence exactly.
-Use the minimum amount of glue necessary to make a solid bond.
-Enhance your assembled model by filling in gaps with putty and carefully sanding
the filled surface.
Do your research
if you're building a replica. Every era has incorporated its own style.
A replica of a Model T painted pink would not be an accurate model of the
original car but then again it might also be what most reflects your vision.
sources for pictures and tips.
in a modeler's club and learn hands-on tips from more experienced modelers.
Plan your paint
scheme if you're crafting your own design. If you want to design your own
conception of a muscle car, for example, you should sketch out the design
Work on a clean