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Advanced Model Building Tips and Tricks

Posted January 30, 2020

This guide will focus on advanced model building tips and tricks. So, if you are a new to model building check How to Start Model Building? Beginner's Guide to Model Building!



If you want to create mud or rust on your models, you can use Weathering Master by Tamiya. Weathering Master is a very soft, light powder and applied in specific combinations to give your model a natural weathered look.




To detail better we recommend you to use masking tapes that protect parts from being accidentally painted. If, you want straight lines Trim Tapes are a great choice. Also using decals will make your end product look great.


Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Paint

When acrylic paints are wet they are water-soluble so try to fix your errors when they are in this state. Acrylic paint is applied as a thinner coat so you might want to double coat your products.


Enamel Paints 


Enamel paints are oil-based therefore you will need a thinner to fix your errors. Enamel paints show brush strokes if you are not careful, so you should be careful when using enamel paints with brushes.


Acrylic and Enamel Paints Together On A Model Kit

İf you want to use both paints on a model, you should do it in an order to avoid chipping and peeling. You should first start with acrylic paint, let it dry. Then you can apply a layer of enamel paint.

Spray Paints 

Spray Paint


Spray paints use a lacquer based acrylic paint which allows them to dry fast. This fast-drying process is great for people who don’t want to wait for the drying process. There are also some enamel spray paints, they have simply sprayed versions of their popular enamel brush-on paints and they also dry fast.


Coat Sprays


When applied to completed kits, these sprays give gloss coat or dull coat feel to your models. There are also some sprays that give pearl clear and semigloss look.


Using Glue and Model Cement

Using the wrong glue or model cement will cause your plastic parts on your model to be foggy. This can be avoided by Testors Clear Parts Cement & Window Maker. This model cement is formulated to keep parts clear.

If you want a more cost-effective method, most model kits are put together using standard model cement in tube or liquid. As we explained these using a tube version will be more secure for inexperienced model builders.

Liquid Cement can be used when you finished your product and want them to be as clean as possible. Don’t forget that Liquid Cement is a precision tool and overusing it might make your building process nightmare.

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