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Scale Modelling a Hobby that gets You Going

Updated on March 10, 2016

Scale modelling is a hobby that sharpens the mind. For those who have interest in this hobby it is a must to have patience. And when we talk about patience in this aspect it means in everything. You see, there are many kinds of scale models a particular modeller may have interest with. There are so many categories to choose from. Usually, the most common interesting scale models are categorized under military figures, armour, ships, and aircraft. There are also modellers who does cars and civilian transports, but what distinguish the models categorized under military is their significance in world history. Each military figure or war machine has a significant role in world history and this is what makes them highly interesting.

What makes Scale Models Interesting

An example of a famed war machine would be the King Tiger 2, a tank of the German Army of World War 2. This machine has a reputation of slaughtering Allied Tanks that it encounters. It is an improved tank design that succeeded the King Tiger 1 which is also reputed to be a tank killer. The King Tiger 2 saw action in the later years of the Second World War, its sloped armour design made it almost invincible against its Allied counterparts. It is also very appealing visually and it opened a breakthrough in modern tank designs.


Brand Makes a Difference

In building a scale model it is important to consider the brand of the model kit to use. There are many brands out in the market that modellers can choose from. Modellers especially those who are passionate in the hobby are very particular when it comes to accuracy of the kit. There are brands that are not so accurate and have poor quality, these are usually at the bottom of the list when making a choice of what brand to buy. It can also be said that brand choice is a matter of personal preference. The inaccuracies of some brands can be dealt with as there are modellers whose passion is customizing their work by correcting inaccuracies.

Another interesting part in scale model building is the tools being used. You will always need sets of tools to use from taking out parts from the sprue to smoothening up the edges of the mould. Common tools in scale model building are as follows:

  • hobby knife
  • cutters
  • scissor
  • model kit drills
  • compass
  • sandpaper (fine)
  • measuring tape
  • masking solution
  • paint
  • thinner
  • paint brush
  • airbrush
  • Plastic cement

The tools are very important in scale modelling; missing one would make a difference in the building procedure.


Some of the Procedures in Building a Kit

Modellers are usually careful in removing moulded parts from the sprue. The procedure usually makes use of cutter designed specifically for plastic models. Hobby knife would also do the job but not as convenient and as neat as a side cutter. Hobby knife usually is used to smoothen up edges of moulded plastic parts and being followed through by sandpaper. Other tools such as mini electric drill and sander can be very convenient, although it requires some skill in operating these tools.

Model scale building is exciting it is like you are given an opportunity to build something to your satisfaction. Model kits have manuals but modellers are not limited to following manuals, they can go further than the instructions found in the manuals. It is the end result that is appreciated.

Painting assembled model kits gives it life as it depicts the real thing. There are many ways of painting a kit. You can hand paint your kits using paint brush or you may opt to choose to use airbrush. However, it is practical to use both as there are details that only a paint brush can coat, and there are wide areas that only an airbrush can cover neatly. So you see it has to be a combination of both, although some modellers have developed a method on specializing in just using either one of the tools.

Finishing Preference of Modellers

Most modellers would like their creation to accurately showcase the real appearance of the model they are building as it appears in the battlefield, so they usually weather their creation after painting. There are also those who would opt to make their creation appear like it just went out of the factory so they choose not to make weathering.

Scale model building is fun it brings out the best of a persons’ ability to be creative. Aside from patience, modellers get to develop their resourcefulness in making solutions where a kit is limited from what it was intended. The hobby makes modellers think out of the box and they usually come up with something that is beyond their imagination.

Scale model building is also a way where you can earn extra cash. You see, there are modellers or collectors who might like what you are building, and they usually do not have time to make or build their own so they would rather buy built items. Scale model building is a hobby that continues to influence dynamism among modellers. It will continue to flourish and it is expected that more models will come out to tell of our history in a visual sense.

Creating Dioramas to appreciated Static Models

There are modellers who also recreates a particular story using a diorama and scale models. This is another way of appreciating the significance of Static Models. In creating dioramas, modellers have a variety of methods in making their own miniature trees, landscapes, vegetations, water effects and imperfections. The challenge is that even if the modellers are given a freehand in doing whatever they have in mind it is more difficult because they build everything from scratch. Building the foundation of a diorama is where the hard-work usually starts. It is a must for a modeller to have a visual image of what he or she wants his or her diorama to look like. Modellers should also have the creativity in making accessories and useful miniature tools to complete what is the intended outcome of the diorama.

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