Automotive Models and Kits
Car enthusiasts of all ages will love the challenge of assembling and collecting plastic models of their favorite cars and trucks with a great selection of automotive models, kits, and parts. There's something for all collectors from beginners to hobbyists to professionals, a wide array of automotive types including classic, vintage, and sports cars, trucks, and many parts and accessories that can be used to enhance and upgrade projects.
How do you get started in building model cars?
- Skill Level: Most models kits are rated on a scale of expertise with 1 being beginner and 5 being more experienced. It's important to start with a project that won't be too advanced for your skill level.
- Read the Instructions: Not everyone's favorite step, but a crucial one, is to thoroughly read the instructions for your model kit before you begin. Ensure that you have everything you'll need to complete the project.
- Parts: Handle all the parts of your model with care. For best results, cut the parts, as opposed to snapping them off, of the plastic tree they are originally attached to. Then you can remove any waste materials and test how the parts fit before carefully gluing them into place. Careful handling of your parts will not only speed up your process but help the final product look sharper.
What type of glue or cement should be used with automotive models?
- Glue and Masking Tape: Care should be taken in selecting a glue or cement for your project that's non-toxic, strong, and performs well when used with such models. Larger parts can also be secured with masking tape, specifically used for such projects as opposed to common gift tape, while the glue hardens without doing damage to any of the model's parts.
- Paint: When it's time to paint the model, novice builders should learn using fast-drying, water-soluble, and non-hazardous paints. Stir the paint thoroughly with a toothpick or small wooden stick before use. Painting the model is the most complicated step as careful consideration should be given to how and when parts are painted. The model should be allowed to completely dry before moving on to the next step.
- Decals: Decals are the finishing touch on your model and must be placed carefully for your completed project to look its best. Handle them carefully and double and triple check their placement before you place them. With patience, they will be the final touch on your first modeling project.
Most glue or cement created for use on plastic may be used, but be sure to check the instructions included with your modeling kit for any recommendations. Tube glues are used often and are made with a non-toxic formula for safety. Remember small amounts of glue are usually sufficient for holding pieces of your assembly together.