Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tools that are needed for Building Models.

The tools that are needed range from very basic to somewhat complex. I know of people that build models and use a CNC Mill and CNC Lathe to turn out parts they use. While these tools are nice they are NOT needed when a person first gets into building models.
Here is a list of tools that will  be needed when you build your first model.
1-- A good glue. I use testor's Glue for building my models.
                          I also use super glue for those hard to handle pieces that often fall off a model.
                          And then there is Clear Testor's cement that I use for attaching glass.
                          I also use Elmer's Glue for attaching flocking in the interior.




Other tools that are real handy are;
1-- A good balanced xacto knife with # 11 blades, for trimming parts.
2-- A sprue cutter to cut parts from the trees
3-- A good pair of twezzers for those small parts.
4-- Several different small files for removing pin marks
5-- An assortment of finger nail files, yes like the ones your Mother uses.
6-- Sandpaper, I use 800, 1200 and 2000 grit.
7-- A sharp pair of scissors for cutting decals.

A helping hands magnifier.



Now you will need two good lights that attach to your bench or desk. At least I need two but then I'm 60 years old and need a lot of light.



Next time we will cover paints, rattle cans and bottles. We will look at paint booths, air-brushes and start building a model. 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Building Model Cars.

As a lot of men my age I built model cars when I was 10 or so years old. And just like so many others I got out of it when my interest in girls peaked. 
Now at the age of sixty I have returned to building model cars. that's not to say I have lost interest in women I just can't remember why they are so interesting.
The first thing I had to do was figure out where I was going to build these models. Then I had to purchase certain tools, paints, glues and etc. Once that was done I was ready to go. I believe that's a 65 Chevy Impala sitting there.
And then I had to purchase a Paint Booth for painting the models. Once this was done I was ready to start building.
More to come as we build models together. 

The paints I use, at present, are simple spray paint cans. I use everything from Tamiya, Model Master and even Dupli Color paints. I even use Color Place Primer and Krylon paints that you can buy at Wal-Mart for very little.
I do have an Air-Brush and Compressor but we will get into that later this summer.
I use pastel paints and enamel paints in jars.
We will make use of lacquers but we need a very good primer coat as the Lacquer will eat some plastics.


We are about building models so I have posted some I have built this past year.





And last but not least the one I am currently working on.

OK, that's it for now.