Building Model Kits: Plastic and Wood
Model of an Inn
Educational, Exciting, and Fascinating
Building models can become an addictive hobby because when the project is finished it is exciting and rewarding to see our accomplishments in a physical product.
We can afford a miniature of what is not financially available to us as a reality. In other words, we can build our dream car, an airplane, a spaceship, or whatever type of vehicle which we know we could never afford.
Perhaps there is an interest in constructing buildings, statues, furniture, and any number of other physical products. After building a dollhouse, there is a variety of miniature furniture, fixtures. accessories to be built for both the interior and the exterior of the building.
As we build these products, much research is needed for the detailing and painting. It is a fun way to get an education. Our enthusiasm for the model encourages visits to the local libraries, museums, classes, and specialty workshops,
Do you have an interest in model trains? A display of a railroad yard, station, or a community entails a variety of objects, people, and animals.
Building models is a hobby which has no end because of the many outlets which are available and waiting for your attention and management.
Attending shows helps our social life meeting new people who share in similar interests.
How is it fascinating?
Admiring and reviewing the small and intricate parts is a wonder. In some situations after the model is built, it can actually function. And to think that it was built with our two hands.
Remote Control Airplane
Selecting a Model
Do you have an interest in building models?
#1. Choose the most favorite thing that you would like to do. Some people revert back to their childhood and start with the last project they completed in their youth. Or you may wish to participate in something you have never done before. Stroll through a hobby shop that specializes in models or visit sites online to view the many possibilities. Visit your local model shows. You will be amazed at the numbers of people that enjoy this hobby for self, contests, and competition.
My childhood memories are my brothers and uncles assembling planes, cars, and trucks. My sisters and cousins, as well as myself, enjoyed constructing model houses and making simple furniture from our fathers’ wood scrap pile.
#2. Know thyself. Building requires finger dexterity, patience, detail-mindedness, organizational skills, creativity and imagination, research and reading, ability to follow written instructions, analyze schematic drawings, and time.
#3 This pastime should be relaxing and fun to do.
Wooden Train Model
Tips and Ideas
Model building may become your primary hobby, and if it is, you will not be bored because there are many different types and accessories to be assembled. This can become a lifetime hobby, collection, or a business opportunity.
5 Tips and Ideas:
- Vary your favorite selections with other types of models. This will help to gain experiences from assorted challenges.
- My childhood house models made with paper led me to making models and plant life for my model train display. You may wish to select models which can be coordinated with another hobby or interest.
- Before purchasing a model, consider making a sample using paper, cardboard, poster board or Styrofoam to qualify your interest. Making a model from scratch gives added awareness and experiences to create do-it-yourself projects or to repair or enhance a factory model.
- Try different brands. There is no perfect manufacturer. Each model may need modifications which will need to be corrected or replaced.
- Use, maintain, and care for tools properly. Accidents will happen with sharp blades and cutters.
- Join modeling clubs and show off your finished product. There will be all types of models on display. People may comment or take an interest in your work. These shows give you the opportunity to ask questions of other hobbyists or professionals.
Everyone likes to share their interests and techniques. Some clubs offer contests and prizes of trophies or monies.
Russian Orthodox Cathedral
There are three different types of kits.
The first thing to do after opening your kit box is to review the enclosed parts, decals, and paint colors. Read the instructions thoroughly. Do not throw the instruction sheet away. The instructions need to be followed as written.
- The snap together kits do as they say. The parts are assembled by snapping the plastic parts into their designated areas. No gluing is required.
- The glue together kits have more parts and require attention to details. There are three different types of glue applicators. There is the familiar model cement glue in the tube. Two other applicators use liquid glue, which is applied with a brush or a needle-like applicator.
- The wood kits will use slits which are slid into each other to lock pieces in place or others may use glue.
People and Shops
Model kits do not come with tools. The snap-on pieces attach to each other by snapping them into place. Other model kits or do-it-yourself projects will need a few to many types of tools.
Tools for kit assembly:
- Sharp hobby knife or razor blade
- Air brush (for the more advanced model maker)
The cutter and knife are needed to separate pieces from the factory mold and to remove miscellaneous excess pieces. Sandpaper is used to smooth rough spots. The paint brushes, spray cans, or an air brush is used to color the pieces.
Along with the instructions there are color suggestions. Some pieces may need to be painted before assembling and others later or as a final coat on the finished model.
Not everyone paints their models. However; it is preferred in order that the decals remain more permanent and the model looks better with its colors.
Choice of paints include acrylics or the traditional enamel. Acrylics are water based, non-allergic and easy cleanup. The enamel paints will require thinners, gloves, mask, and work in a well-ventilated environment. Spray paints and air brush will also need a well-ventilated working area.
Do-it-yourself projects will need a variety of tools depending on the raw materials to be used.
Lego Railroad Model Display
There is an endless list of materials which are used to make models. As children, many of us were introduced to cars, airplanes, and trucks. The advancements in making plastics and the interest of peoples in different industries has produced an endless list of model choices.
Any article that exists in our physical world can be replicated. Models give us the world in miniature.
The Lego Company is an example of a plastic modeling industry which has created its own tourist attraction park. Currently, there are ten Lego-land theme park locations around the world. Each country has one or many locations within its borders. There are currently eleven locations in the United States and one in Canada.
Yes, wood model kits are still available. The list, like plastics, is endless. Models may also be made from metal.