Right here is the initially in a series of articles on constructing scale models. Let's start out with the fundamentals, deciding on the proper kit. The initially, and most basic, factor is to choose one thing you like, that you are interested in. That way you will maintain your motivation all through the make procedure. If you choose, for instance, a sci-fi model, but your interest is in military ships, but you invest in the model 'because it really is the only 1 they had', or in your value variety and so on, then you will struggle to get motivation to start out it, let alone finish it.
The second essential factor is the talent level of the kit. This varies in between producers – some have a improved reputation for components fitment than other people. Do your investigation on these ahead of acquiring your initially kit. The final factor you want is to invest your income on a kit that becomes as well hard to total, or you drop your motivation due to poor components fitment. Never rush out and invest in a kit that has all the bells and whistles as this will have an adverse have an effect on, start out with a standard model, with a low components count.
So we are at the point exactly where you have decided on the model topic, and chosen the kit you are going to make, but what with? You have to have tools!
This is exactly where factors can start out acquiring pricey – as there are limitless tools offered for the model maker. But keep in mind, we are beginning at the starting with the fundamentals. You have to have some cutters to take away the components, a sharp knife or file to trim the components, glue to hold it all collectively, and a paintbrush (or wide variety) for, clearly, painting. Subsequent you will have to have some paints and proper thinners to clean your paintbrush.
Never attempt to rush the procedure of constructing your model, you are additional most likely to make blunders that way, and not delight in it. This is a hobby at the finish of the day – you are meant to delight in it.
So now it really is time to start out. You have your model, you have your tools, and you have your paints. You may possibly have noticed this kit that other people today have constructed. The final factor you want to do is attempt to copy them, or evaluate your operate with theirs. This will only lead to aggravation and negativity if the benefits you get never appear as excellent. It does not matter, your enjoyment and satisfaction in what you have completed is the only essential factor.
So let's get to operate. Start out off by studying the directions, and getting the components on the sprues. Familiarise oneself with how the manufacturer has drawn the diagrams, and instructs you to place it all collectively. Go by way of the entire manual so you are familiar with it, and how each and every section fits collectively. If you adhere to the directions step-by-step you should not run into as well a lot of issues, but you have to have to realize what they want you to do ahead of you place the glue to it. When you are familiar with the directions, take each and every section at a time. You will most likely uncover that each and every section has a quantity of components in it.
It is typically advisable that you wash all the components ahead of you start out. When they are produced, a release agent is employed to conveniently take the components out of the moulds. You want to take away this, as it can quit the glue and paint sticking properly. Use warm soapy water for this, and rinse it off correctly. Never use hot water as this can distort the plastic. Regular dish washing soap is fine for this.
Any components that grow to be 1 structure, such as an engine block, can be assembled ahead of painting. Other, smaller sized components, you may possibly uncover simpler to paint though nonetheless on the sprue.
Cautiously reduce the components off the sprue with either a pair of side cutters or a sharp knife. The use either the knife or file to smooth the point of removal. You are then prepared to glue. There are a wide variety of glues offered, but we will assume you are working with standard polystyrene cement. This glue functions by melting the plastic components collectively making a powerful weld. This glue only functions correctly if the components are clean and no cost of grease and paint.
Ahead of applying any glue, verify how the components match collectively (dry match) as a test run so you are familiar with any attachment points that call for glue, and how to match the components. This will avoid any blunders becoming produced by possessing to redo right after gluing.
Use one thing like an old CD, or milk bottle leading to place a small bit of glue into. Then use one thing compact and pointy to apply the glue. Cocktail sticks are best for this, but equally you can use a pin and so on. Get a compact quantity of glue on your stick and then apply this to the joining edge of 1 component. Then place the components collectively. You will have a bit of time to move the components to match properly if necessary, but then leave the components for the glue to totally set.
When it comes to painting, there are a couple of additional factors you have to have to know. Firstly, there are distinctive forms of paint that react with the plastic and each and every other differently. This is frequently referred to as the strength. So for instance, Acrylic paints are mild. You can use these more than bare plastic and other paints with no reactions. They are typically straightforward to use and straightforward to clean up right after. I would advise these as the paints to use when beginning out. The subsequent prevalent paint in modelling is Enamel. These typically come in compact metal pots. These can react with acrylic paints, and plastic if not employed properly, so a plastic primer is advisable ahead of working with these. You can use Acrylics more than these with no troubles when they have totally dried. The subsequent paint sort is Lacquer. These once again will react with the acrylic paints and plastic, but also with enamels as effectively. These really should be reserved for painting regions that other paints typically will not be employed, like the physique of a vehicle. Once again, you can use acrylics or enamels more than these with no troubles.
With painting, the essential factor is to get an even coverage. If the paint you use does not rather cover the region and you can see the colour of either the plastic or paint beneath, know as bleed by way of, wait for it to dry and add an additional coat. Recall, it is improved to apply a quantity of thin coats that 1 thick coat. Familiarise oneself with the paints you are working with and their respective drying instances. Never attempt to go back to a component that is nonetheless drying as you will finish up in a mess. If essential, leave it till the subsequent day ahead of you proceed. This needs patience, but rushing causes blunders. Any attachment points have to have to be no cost of paint. If you have any paint on that region, cautiously take away it with either the tip of your knife or a file ahead of applying the glue to get a good powerful joint. If you have painted the component on the sprue, then touch it up ahead of attaching it to hide this.
The final factor you may possibly have in the box is the decal sheet. To some, these can be the distinction in between a good clean model, and 1 that ends up in the bin, but that does not have to have to be the case. Reduce the decal from the sheet working with your knife, or a pair of scissors, and then place the decal sheet to 1 side. Spot you decal into some warm water for a couple of seconds till all of the backing paper has totally absorbed water. Then take away it and lay it on a flat surface. You may possibly uncover that it has curled up at this point. This is standard. Leave it for 30-60 seconds and you really should see this flatten out. When this has occurred it really should be prepared to use. Rub your finger more than it and make sure the decal moves freely on the backing paper. Place the backing paper roughly in the region you want to apply the decal. Cautiously hold the decal in location with your finger and slide the backing paper from below it. You can then position the decal specifically exactly where it demands to be. When you have it positioned, use a tissue or soft cloth to take away any excess water and then leave it to totally dry. If you have a lot of decals to apply, it really is an notion to do them in stages to prevent damaging them.
So that is it. You are prepared to make your initially model. Recall, never rush it and most importantly delight in oneself.