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Does anyone have expertise in assembling models? Answered

I'm attempting to assemble a model airplane made by Revell and thought I would find tips on instructables. No such instructable was found, instead most people have expertise in making paper airplanes. Does anyone have any tips for me, a beginner?

Specifically, I'm having problems with the modeling cement/glue. Anyway to wash off excess glue?
Also having problems painting. I'm no artist.
And some advice about those tiny parts that are hard to put together.



Best Answer 8 years ago

My son and I used to do quite a bit of modeling. Here are a few of my tips for beginners.
Before starting, read the instructions and identify all the parts.

1. Don't use the toluene based glue or the non-toxic modeling cement they sell in the stores. Use super glue, gel type.  A little dab'll do ya!
2. Paint the small individual pieces before detaching from the molding tree
3. Carefully trim off the excess flash and smooth rough edges with 600-800 grit wet or dry sandpaper.
4. Don't remove the parts from the tree until you are ready to use them.
5. Remove any paint before applying glue by scraping with a  X-acto knife.
6. Keep at it, you're skills will improve and you will learn new things each time you build a new model.

As for removing the old glue on your model, wait until it is completly dry then scrape and sand it off.

Be very careful using cyanoacrylate (CA, super glue, Krazy glue, Zap! etc.).  It can sometimes affect polystyrene plastics adversely, and its mere vapor will fog or haze any transparent plastic pieces it contacts. 

Plastruct makes a good liquid cement (apply with a brush or better yet a small syringe).  This type of cement works by "welding" the pieces together by dissolving the plastic along the joint.  It takes some practice but can give truly great results when applied correctly.  Plastic cement like Ambroid or Duco also works well, if used sparingly.  Apply with a round, pointed toothpick.

 I couldn't have answered any better. I built around 150 plastic planes, 20 ships, and a handful of cars when I was a "Yoot"...I wish I had the advise you just got when I was starting out. Took me the first 30 or 40 to learn how to do it right.

(oh, except the super glue...we didn't have it, just good old Testor's orange...

If you are using that glue, make sure to have plenty of ventilation. I got pretty heady a few times by building several models in quick succession.

I do! i'm making a plane by Revell too, i use a tooth pick for glue and a exacto knife to scrape off excess glue and paint where i'm gluing 2 parts together and for paint putting tape where you don't want paint and put paint everywhere and when it dries remove the tape and use one of those things you remove slivers with for the small pieces if you have questions ask me below |

Burf has covered it well.  Just a few suggestions.

The most common error for beginners is "too much glue".  If you're using toluene-based glue, apply it with the tip of a toothpick.  Too little is better than too much, usually.

Remove the little parts from the "tree" with a sharp knife, don't try to twist them off.

Genuine X-acto blades (office supply places often have them), or good quality modeling blades from a hobby shop, are worth the extra money.  They are *much* sharper than the cheap razor knives sold in dime stores.

You might consider buying a few cheap models, the ones on sale at Hobby Lobby, and using them as education.

And, you can always do better on the next one if you learn something from this one.

Tip number one - read the instructions.  They will advise you on the order to put fiddly bits together.
Two - fiddly bits can be held in place with plasticine, blu-tac or a set of soldering "helping hands".

Three - if you can't wipe excess glue off immediately (a bare finger-tip is fine), then let it dry and scrape (not cut) it off with a sharp blade.
Painting - do the large areas first, and leave each colour to dry properly before you do the next.  Don't rush it.  If you're too unsteady to paint fine lines, use fine-tipped markers instead.