There's hundreds of modelling tips out there and we've have collated just some top ones that we wish we knew when I started out. If you have suggestions for other useful tips, or a change to the ones listed. Please send me an message using the form below!
Take your time and enjoy yourself. This tip is No.1 for a reason!
Always remove ALL the residue of the sprue gates from the part.
When sanding, let the sander do the work. Don't push down.
Always lower the tackiness of your masking tape by sticking it to your hand first and then your model. Less paint will be pulled off when you remove the tape.
Don't use to much glue, don't use too much of anything.
Take photos of your models, and your building steps and keep a log so you can look back on your progress.
Don't worry what others think we all start somewhere... show you progress and finish builds off.
Join a local model club, share your experiences and learn from others. This is so important!
Use thinners to thin acrylics, not water.
Cut away from your body rather than towards your body.
Join an online model forum. There's lots on facebook including the private group for Models for heroes beneficiaries M4H Modellers Mess. And lots of online forums. Find one that suits your level and interest.
Don't be afraid to test yourself. Build that big difficult model, don't wait.
Read through the instructions first and check each part is present before you begin.
each sprue with some tape and letter so that you can find them easily. Some models have many many sprues.
use side cutters to cut the plastic parts away from the sprues.
Always cut with some plastic to spare. Its easier to take plastic away than it is to add it.
use a hard edge file to take away the sprue nubs.
a small sharp instrument such as a needle or a toothpick to apply
glue to small or hard to get to areas.
the instructions step by step until you are confident to do otherwise.
Circle or mark
the instruction sheet and cross off as you complete the section.
dry fit first and make sure parts fit before you apply glue.