Take your time and enjoy yourself. This tip is No.1 for a reason!
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.
Join a local model club, share your experiences and learn from others.
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, lots of online forums. Find one that suits your level and interest.
Dont 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.
Label 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 to spare. Its easier to take plastic away than it is to add it.
Always use a hard edge file to take away the sprue nubs.
Use a small sharp instrument such as a needle or a toothpick to apply glue to small or hard to get to areas.
Follow 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
Always dry fit first and make sure parts fit before you apply glue.
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