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How To Choose Your First Scale Model Guide

Posted March 17, 2020

Choose your first scale model

Everybody has a hobby. Some people like to read, some people like to cook and some people like to build scale models. Generally, it's pretty easy to pick up a hobby, but for scale modeling, it can be a bit intimidating at the start. First of all, you need to choose a model. What type do you want? Which scale is better? How difficult we want it to be? With thousands of different choices out there, it can quickly overwhelm you. That's why some people quit, even before they buy a model. In this article, we’ve decided to give you some tips to help you choose and build a model and make your transition to the scale model community a bit easier.

What type of model?

First and foremost, the model you choose should always be something you’re interested in building. If you get bored midway, then there is no point in starting in the first place. So think about what you like. Do you like sci-fi? Are you a Warhammer fan? Or maybe you have admired planes since you were a kid? Regardless of what it is, try to choose a model you’re passionate about. That enthusiasm will make you stick till the end.

Scale of Models

Some modelers prefer to build only single scale models during their modeling life, and some modelers diversify their builds by using an array of different sizes. What you choose is just a preference, and each person should do what they like. But before you start, it's important to know the differences between scales and understand how scaling works. A little tip, bigger models are usually easier to handle and can be more detailed, but much more time-consuming. They need more work, more paint, and they're more expensive. However, since small models take less time to complete, it might be your best option when you start. Besides, small models are the perfect choice to practice your model building skills. 


To start with, there is no reason to choose a difficult model. There are models with hundreds of little parts, and you don’t need to build them yet. Start with something small and easy. You need to figure out how to fit pieces and glue things together. Learn about the tools you need for modeling and how to use them. After you grasp the basics, you’ll have the confidence and skill to move on to more difficult builds.


As for painting, choose a model with a simple color scheme. There are incredibly realistic models out there. All these modelers use lots of techniques to achieve that kind of look, but all of them started with simple builds. It may take some time to master these techniques, so be patient. Trying a complex paint job for your first time can ruin your model and waste your time. Even worse, it can discourage you from the hobby itself.

Most importantly, when you have a question or problem, do not hesitate to look for answers. The best places for information for these questions are Reddit, online forums, and guides. When you enter the world of modeling, no matter what, do not be afraid to ask anything because it's a great community, and you’ll always get answers.


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