5 Tips for Building Model Planes Right the First Time
April 8, 2019
Model aircraft has been a loved hobby for many years. It’s a hobby that requires plenty of patience, time, and effort if you want to achieve something out of it and fly a plane. Building model aircraft can often go wrong, however, because you’re crafting a small-sized replica of an airplane, or building an idea from scratch, that can be made from a variety of materials. You can use wood, card stock, and polystyrene to build your planes, which can be either sale models or made to fly. Before doing anything, you must be prepared for the long time it will take to complete your first model. You need to pay attention to every last detail, even the finest ones, from the individual parts to the paint scheme.
Here are a few tips to help you begin your first project and make sure that your plane is up to par the first time.
Choose the right model
If it’s the first time you’re building an airplane, choosing the right model is crucial. One thing to consider is the scale size of the model you’re interested in building. You want to be sure that you’re not going to choose a model that doesn’t coincide with your skill level. Don’t give yourself more of a challenge than you can handle.
Follow the instructions
Each kit for building a model airplane comes with instructions. It’s important to go through them to ensure that you don’t overlook any details that might be important for building it correctly. You should also examine all the pieces included to not confuse any for another, and make sure they’re all there.
Get a cutting mat
One item that will make your model building much easier is to have a cutting mat. They’re useful for when you need to cut parts, such as the small plastic residue on them, so they fit perfectly. It protects your work surface and keeps your knife blades sharper for longer, saving you money as you won’t have to replace them any time soon.
Don’t over-do the glue
One of the worst mistakes you could make that will halt the completion of your model plane, or worse, make it fail during flight, is not using the right amount of glue. Besides obtaining the right glue (make sure it’s glue for plastic!), you should be sure not to use too much. Small quantities of glue are usually enough for most parts.
Paint with the right techniques
Arguably the most critical finalizing touch to your newly built plane is painting it! It’s what bring many hobbyists of model airplanes the most joy, as they get to decorate and make it their own, or perfectly replicate the color schemes used in the object they’re trying to recreate. One thing you should remember is that you shouldn’t mix enamel and acrylic paints. You should always stir the paints before use so the contents mix together and keep the edge of the tin clean so the lid will firmly close later. Brush types are also important to consider, but soft natural or artificial hair brushes are generally the best to use.