Before you start, do take note of all the materials you will need for the job. It is an exciting hobby that will require your time and dedication. It is not easy and if you are interested to put in the effort, then let us dive into it. In this post, we will learn how to create model aircrafts with plastic.
Now that you have decided to build your own aircraft model which is an absorbing and enthralling hobby, it can be practiced by people of different age groups although the level of your skills as you work with the materials will affect the final model. Modeling is a way to capture what looks like a real airplane from the world war age right in the comfort of your very own living room. As an adult, you can enjoy this activity or even build it together with kids, it will be good time spent and cherished with them that’s truly to be remembered.
Tools and Materials
Start with what you will need to work with. Some essential things that you need to have are a good hobby knife to cut shapes, glue and filler, paint and thinner, paint brush for coloring, sandpaper, a pair of tweezers, tape, and pins.
From the aircraft kit box, remove the main body parts and wash them properly with soapy water and dry them with a hot air blower. This will help to remove dust and make the surface smooth and suitable for painting.
At the very beginning, we build the cockpit because once the fuselage is attached; there is no way to make the cockpit. This is also the time to put in a pilot figure in place.
Follow the instructions given on how to attach the fuselage, wings, and tail of the aircraft. First off, dry fit the model with tape, then apply as little glue as possible and fill in any gaps with filler material.
Now it is time to paint your model. Enamel paints dry slowly and leave a beautiful glossy surface whereas acrylic paints dry faster and the cleanup is easier. The pre-shading method helps to re-create the wear and tear look of real planes.
Masking helps to prevent areas where you do not want the paint to go. It is mostly used to create the camouflage finished look of planes. Use a very fine tipped brush and a steady hand to paint the canopy.
Decals and Markings
This is the best part of building a model aircraft as it gives the aircraft its characteristics. Choose a decal that represents your model aircraft from the kit. Cut out the decal and place it in water which will activate the adhesive and gently place it in position.
Lastly, give your model a wash to enhance the panel lines and required weathering like engine exhaust stains, paint chippings etc. to give it a more realistic look. Your finished models are now ready to be photographed and place as showpieces.