Welcome to the world of scale modeling: This is the second of four articles introducing you to a great hobby.
In Part 1, we explained a little of the hobby’s history and the evolution of constant scale. In this installment, we’ll show you basic tools that will get you started on your first model.
Choose your model, and take it easy
By now you probably have a good idea of what you would like to build. Of course, that’s up to you. But here’s some advice: Keep the first one easy. Many kits are labeled with “skill level” or degree of difficulty indicated on the box. Or, you can read FineScale Modeler magazine Workbench Reviews, which almost always conclude with a recommendation of the appropriate expertise required to build that model.
In other words, take a few practice cuts before swinging away. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a simple model well built.
Basic tools and supplies
Other than a well-ventilated room with a stationary flat surface, you don’t need much to build a basic model kit; you can see the essentials in the picture above.
Speaking of ventilation, whether you are sanding plastic or spraying paint, an OSHA-approved respirator mask is recommended. Remember this rule: If you can smell it, you’re breathing it.