Building Ship Models – How To Start?
Posted: Apr 06, 2018
Building a brilliant scale model is not hard. The majority of ship model kits are manufactured with such an intention that there is a bit for every difficulty level, be it a beginner, regular hobbyist, or a professional. If you are a beginner, here are some tips to let you begin smoothly.
- Select a scale model that relates your difficulty level. "Skill Level" (from 1 to 5) is mentioned on every package box that describes the complexity of building a model, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most difficult.
- The 1st model kit is often the most challenging. You can start off as you’ve selected a model. Remember, you need to be a bit patient and have some basic knowledge for scale building in order to make your finished model look like the one on the package box. Especially during the 1st effort, you should not be disappointed as the model will not be going to turn out as desired.
- Do not overlook the instructions manual, especially when you are making a model for the first time. Go through the instructions cautiously and check out each and every component of the model kit in detail prior to detaching them. Do not miss to match every part with the illustrations in the instructions.
- To give your model a perfect fit, avoid breaking the parts while cutting them off. The small components of ship model kits are susceptible getting damaged if you simply break them off their sprue. Make sure a sharp knife or a side cutter is used to separate such parts. This will save you the frustration and help to remove waste material residues right away.
- In order to stick every component together correctly, special glue will be required. Liquid glue is often recommended by professional scale modelers. Mating surfaces are glued carefully and pressed slightly to avoid breaking them. Remember, small quantity of glue is fair enough to join the parts permanently. Gluing should be done in a properly ventilated area.
- Painting or coloring is sure to add realism to your scale model no matter you are producing your own creation or are making it as per the instructions. Enamel paints are often recommended for this. However, non-hazardous, water-soluble, and quick-drying Aqua colors are recommended for the beginner scale modelers.
- To make sure the coloring is neat and consistent, soapy water must be used to primarily clean every component and get rid of any fingerprint residue, grease, and dust. Make sure they are rinsed with clean, warm water and are allowed to air dry. A lint-free cloth should be used to cautiously dab away the surplus water.
- To give ship model kits a final touch, applying decals is simply amazing. But, it is often not recommended for beginners. Decals are available in a wide range such as trim strips, national emblems, registration plates, and a lot more. Remember, it may be easier to apply several decals prior the kit is fully assembled.
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