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This tutorial will teach you the basic skills, materials and tools you'll need to start modelling.

So let's start it!!!

Step 2: Tools

Tools are one of the most important things of this hobbie.
You won't need any kind of special equipment, all I have was bought at a dollar store, except of the glue and the paints.

You'll need:
-X-acto knife or surgical knife (for cutting small edges or repairing)
-Small pliers
-Tweezers or reverse tweezers( for little parts)
-Nailfile (treats the plastic as good as Tamiya sandpaper)
-A pencil ( if you're going to cut something it will show you where you must stop)
-Scissors ( to cut decals)
-Glue ( Tamiya Thin Glue is the best, each bottle is 6$ but will last for more than 20 models!)
-Old cloth ( it will be good to dry the decals water, to clean paint brushes and to keep crystal parts safe from scratches)
-Paint brushes (Buy one big, one medium, one small for details and one for making straight lines)
-Tamiya putty or epoxi putty ( useful if you want to repair a broken part or to make a new one)
 
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Yeah airbrushes are really hard to clean but make it look very nice. And is acrylic the same as enamel? Im confused by what ur saying. You say you suggest enamel in the comments, but in the instructable you say acrylic... if theyre different i would reccomend testors enamel. It works awesome for my models
Sorry, I had to say acrylic. I recommend acrylic because in my opinion (I've used them in two or three models) because if you get wrong you can easily take it off with a bit of alcohol or what you use). Enamel come in smaller bottles than acrylic, in some stores they're a bit more expensive but they're better when you're going to apply filters to your model.
Why do you use acrylic paint? Does it work better than enamel? I have lots of enamel paints and they work great (especially in my airbrush). Since this is for begginers you should suggest "clear parts glue". It makes aircraft cockpits soooooo much easier to put together and it looks better if you mess up. Also Dragon products have horrible instructions. The first model I made (German King Tiger) was from them and It took forever to get how to do it. If using enamel paint be sure to get miner spirits. NOTE that you don't need a lot to clean a brush and its REUSABLE! If you clean red off a brush you can put blue in after or green and keep reusing it! Great instructable just thought I would add a few things. Trying not to be a critic but to help with begginers. Nice job :)
OK. I forgot to put something about clear glue, but about brushes I said that because I think that if you use 0,01,001... you must take more care with the than with other brushes. And about paint I recommended enamel because in some models (the plastic) the surface doesn't admit that paint (there are bubbles or it seems that you're using water instead of paint) Thanks for your comment. ;)
agis681 year ago
this instructable is a nice begining quide to the big family of PM. I do plastic models statics of scale 1/72 and 1/48 of airoplanes, cars, military and civilan subjects and builded many dioramas. Iam 44 now and i love this hobby since my early school years. When a person will decide to involve with it will love it. I love planes of wwii more than today models. here is a picture of my models...


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La cacatua carmesi (author)  agis681 year ago
Thanks for commenting. It's good to know that there is people on instructables who like modelling.

Cheers