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Model Building


Model Building Tips and Tricks
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Model Building Tips
Choosing a Model
Skill Levels/What's My Skill?
About Scales
Scales List part 1
Scales List part 2
Assembling/Detailing a Model
Painting a Model
Using an Airbrush
Applying Decals
Model Variations
Model Issues
Model Car Kit History
Die-cast Model Cars
About Die-cast Models

Model Aircraft
About Model Aircraft
Static Model Aircraft
Flying Model Aircraft Types
Model Aircraft Power Sources
Control Line Aircraft
Airscrew/Propeller Aircraft

Model Rockets
History of Model Rocketry
Rocket Manufacturers
Model Rocket Motors/Engines
Rocket Motor Nomenclature
Rocket Recovery Methods
Other Model Rocketry
Model Rocket Safety Code

Building models is rewarding, educational and fun! The Quality Hobby Shop has put this page together to help you maximize your enjoyment of the wonderful hobby of scale model building. Here we hope you will find many useful tips and tricks including;

General Tips
Choosing A Model / What's My Skill?
Assembling The Model
Painting The Model
Detailing The Model
Applying Decals
Using an Airbrush
Things You'll Need

General Tips

  1. Newcomers to 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.

  2. Don’t give up on a project if things go wrong as you build it. Get it finished as best you can even if it’s totally messed up!.  Get experience painting your finished masterpiece even if its not perfect because it will help the next time.

Choosing A Model

  1. 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.

  2. Consider what 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.

  3. Look around the person's house. Notice the character of the models that have been assembled and seek out one of similar style.

  4. 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.

  5. Remember that model kits aren't confined to cars, ships and airplanes. Perhaps a model of the Saturn moon rocket or the starship Enterprise would appeal.

What’s My Skill?

Revell, Testors, 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)

Skill 1-Basic-No 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!

Skill 2-Intermediate-Paint 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.

Skill 3-Advanced-Paint 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.

Skill 4, 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.

Assembling the Model

  1. You need a large table with adequate lighting.

  2. Familiarize yourself with the instructions.

  3. Cut, rather than break, individual parts from the plastic trunks or sprues.

  4. Compare the parts included, to the list of parts needed.

  5. 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.

  6. Collect your tools.

  7. Follow the 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.

Painting The Model

  1. 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.

  2. Check Internet sources for pictures and tips.

  3. Get active in a modeler's club and learn hands-on tips from more experienced modelers.

  4. 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 first.

  5. Work on a clean

Lindberg / Hawk

 • Lindberg Aircraft
 • Lindberg Anatomy
 • Lindberg Classic Cars
 • Lindberg Engines
 • Lindberg Hot Rods
 • Lindberg Land
 • Lindberg Sci-fi / Space
 • Lindberg Sea
 • Lindberg Trucks

Mercury Adhesives

 • Mercury Glue


 • Minicraft Aviation
 • Minicraft Sea

Revell / AG Germany

 • Revell AG Air Bombers
 • Revell AG Air Civilian
 • Revell AG Air Fighters
 • Revell AG Air Helicopters
 • Revell AG Air Military
 • Revell AG Armor
 • Revell AG Cars
 • Revell AG Land Civilian
 • Revell AG Land Military
 • Revell AG Sea Civilian
 • Revell AG Sea Military
 • Revell AG Soldiers
 • Revell AG Space / Sci-fi
 • Revell AG Trucks

Revell / Monogram

 • Revell Air Bombers
 • Revell Air Civilian
 • Revell Air Fighters
 • Revell Air Helicopters
 • Revell Air Military
 • Revell Classic Cars
 • Revell Engines
 • Revell Extreme
 • Revell Hot Rods
 • Revell Land Military
 • Revell Misc.
 • Revell Muscle Cars
 • Revell Race Cars
 • Revell Sea
 • Revell Space / Sci-fi
 • Revell Street Cars
 • Revell SUVs / Vans
 • Revell Trucks

Sun Star Diecast

 • Sun Star Cars
 • Sun Star Trucks

Sunward Aerospace

 • Sunward Rocket kits
 • Sunward Rocket Parts
 • Sunward Wood Kits

Testors / Model Master

 • Testors Airbrush Parts
 • Testors Airbrushes
 • Testors Misc.
 • Testors Model kits
 • Testors Paint Brushes
 • Testors Paint Sets
 • Testors Paints Acrylic
 • Testors Tools


 • Trumpeter Air
 • Trumpeter Land

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