August 30, 2011
If you're thinking about starting a complete selection of scale model car you will need some direction to get you started. Maybe you loved them before as a child but now are looking to get back into them. There are a few supplies you will need to get started.
Different tools are needed for different skill levels of modeling. There is beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. This article will concentrate on the beginning level. Certain tools apply to specific techniques. Everything you need you will be able to find at your local hobby store or in a mail-order catalog or on line.
If you are just starting out with a kit and an empty work bench, you'll want to do more than cut out parts and slap them together with glue. You'll want to sharpen your building and finishing skills. Subscribing to a hobby magazine can give you lots of great tips along the way. Collect and get used to the tools for beginners first.
Many items needed for beginning scale model car kits are things you can find right around the house. Toothpicks, tweezers, rubber bands, white glue, scissors and masking tape are usual household items. For the other things you will need to invest a few dollars toward your hobby.
You will need a good hobby knife, paint brushes, sanding sticks and sand papers, a needle file set, paint set, spray paint, paint thinner and rubber cement. Don't forget a respiratory mask as some of these items can be hazardous to your health if breathed in. Total cost shouldn't be very much if you shop wisely.
The tweezers are for holding small parts and aligning them to the model. The hobby knife, sanding sticks and papers and needle files you can use for cleaning up your kit parts. Modeling cement dries slowly giving you time to reposition parts when needed. Use the toothpicks to apply it sparingly.
When you get to the painting stages, you'll want to be sure to wear a good dual cartridge respirator mask that can protect you from harmful fumes. Wear this especially when spray painting and airbrushing. It is a good idea also not to breathe in too much of the strong rubber cement smell either. Always work in a well ventilated area when working with hazardous fumes.
Use rubber bands to hold parts together while the glue is drying. They are probably the least expensive tool but really come in handy when building a complete selection of scale model car. Use the white glue for clear parts sparingly with the toothpicks, other glues can soften and ruin them. Stay away from super glue when working on the clear parts, it can form a frost on them up and destroy them.
Finding a workspace that has plenty of light and is well ventilated is the best place to set up shop. Also a table or workbench that can handle a few spills is a necessity as accidents happen from time to time. A tackle box works well to store your tools. Good luck and get building your kit.
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