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New to plastic car modeling
Posted by Brinks on Friday, July 27, 2018 10:13 PM

Hi, being retired I would like to get into the hobby of plastic car modeling.  It seems like it is a rewarding pastime.  The box of some kits says 2 in 1. What does that mean?  Also some of the models show a painted car body.  Is this for people who just want to glue their model and not be bothered with painting it.    Thank You

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Posted by Dale Gribble on Saturday, July 28, 2018 4:34 AM

Brinks

Hi, being retired I would like to get into the hobby of plastic car modeling.  It seems like it is a rewarding pastime.  The box of some kits says 2 in 1. What does that mean?  Also some of the models show a painted car body.  Is this for people who just want to glue their model and not be bothered with painting it.    Thank You

 

Welcome to the hobby ! I'll try and an your questions as simply as possible . If you have any more , please feel free to ask ! 

"2n1" generally means you have the option of building one of two ways . generally a stock and some sort of custom/ race version . There were some old double kits , but those are a rarity . 

There are pre painted kits out there . The "pro shop" line from AMT comes to mind . Those had every single part pre painted and only assembly was required .

You can find kits with pre painted bodies that still require you to do the remainder of painting and detailing . 

 

The vast majority of kits on the market will be molded in a single color with the addition of a chrome and a clear sprue as well . And will certainly need painted to make a sutiable replica . 

 

 

"rare" kit? no such thing!

build it, dont let it sit on the shelf.....

you cant take it with you, hearses dont have luggage racks......

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Posted by Brinks on Saturday, July 28, 2018 6:10 AM

Thank you so much.  I could not find the answer, even after I googled it. I was thinking two models in one box but that didnt sound right.   Can you give a very basic list of tools that i need to get started? Do I need spru cutters or a hobby knife or both. Also what type of glue is best for constructing your first model?   I was thinking about not doing any painting on my first one to make it eaisier, your thoughts? Could you recommend a good first time model to build (I like corvettes). And lastly a good place to buy supplies in person or online ( I live in South Jersey).              

                                                                                          Thank You,   

                                                                                          Brinks                                                                                               

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Posted by Brinks on Saturday, July 28, 2018 2:19 PM

  

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, July 28, 2018 7:41 PM

Greetings and welcome. Corvettes are quite popular and there are a couple decent snap kits. If you don't do ebay try an online hobby center like Tower Hobbies, or look for a Hobby Lobby near you. 

As for basic supplies (excluding paints) I keep a choice of glues on hand, styrene, super, liquid and elmers. Each has a purpose. Some old nail trimmers to nip parts from trees, some emery boards for sanding nibs from parts and a couple touch up brushes.

You'll gain and collect more tools as you go along. Good luck!

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by Dale Gribble on Saturday, July 28, 2018 7:48 PM

I have bought all kinds of gimmiky tools over the years ... some worked and some didn't ,  but my building area generally has the following ..

 

#11 exacto handle and extra blades 

CA glue and activator 

toothpicks for precise application

assortment of emery boards 

canopy (clear parts) glue 

bare metal foil 

Molotow chrome pens in 1mm and 3mm 

assortment of brushes from extra fine to wide 

I can handle 99% of building with just those tools and a few cans of spray paint . I usually keep a good primer , black and white in gloss and flat , along with a few cans of 1k and 2k clear . 

"rare" kit? no such thing!

build it, dont let it sit on the shelf.....

you cant take it with you, hearses dont have luggage racks......

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Posted by Brinks on Sunday, July 29, 2018 7:56 AM

Thank You

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Posted by Jimmy D. on Sunday, July 29, 2018 1:22 PM

Hi, and welcome! This is an excellent choice for a hobby and you're definitely at the right place to learn about it. I think it's good to acquire the basic skills such as glue choices and application; painting methods along with paint compatabilities; de-spruing and thoroughly cleaning parts before assembly and paint; etc. Don't dispair if your first attempts fail to live up to your expectations......we've all been there at some point or another. The main thing is to stay with it because your builds will likely improve the more you try. Never forget, the main thing is to relax and HAVE FUN!

Jimmy D.

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Posted by Brinks on Sunday, July 29, 2018 7:58 PM

Thank You

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, July 30, 2018 7:11 AM

Welcome to the forum, Brinks. I think you have found the right place to get your feet wet in the hobby. Good luck, and if you have any questions, just ask. Cheers.

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Posted by Brinks on Monday, July 30, 2018 4:17 PM

Thank You

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Posted by Brinks on Monday, July 30, 2018 4:21 PM

Should my first painting attempt be free-handed?  Should i use acrylic paint from the jars?

And do i paint when parts are still attached to the spru?

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Posted by Jimmy D. on Monday, July 30, 2018 8:42 PM

Hi Brinks, good questions and quite honestly, there are lots of answers. First, I would advise you to check out some of the excellent Kalmbach books and Scale Auto articles that delve into all aspects of painting. ALWAYS make sure that whatever parts you are painting have been thoroughly cleaned, rinsed, and are completely dry before you paint. Assembly and paint sequences can vary depending on what you are building. The type of paint you choose is entirely your choice. On my builds, I'll often utilize lacquers, enamels, and acrylics on different areas depending on my particular needs. Try practicing painting on something before you commit to that model. Cheap, plain white plastic spoons from the dollar store are great to practice painting on. And to your last question: The answer is "yes", In most kits you'll find some parts, usually the smaller ones, to leave on the sprue for ease of handling while painting. I use my sprue cutter to section out groups of parts that might end up being be the same painted color, rather than try to target them on the full sprue. If the sprue attachment point is too clunky or in a bad spot, I'll remove the part cmpletely from the sprue, smooth out any divots and mold lines, and then attach my own "part holder" to an out of the way location. My part holder can be a toothpick, scrap sprue, or a short piece of single strand wire that I attach with CA glue, blue-tak poster putty, or just plain friction with the part. Take your time, learn the basics, and practice, practice, practice! Good luck!

Brinks

Should my first painting attempt be free-handed?  Should i use acrylic paint from the jars?

And do i paint when parts are still attached to the spru?

 

Jimmy D.

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Posted by jchrisf on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 5:33 AM

This is the guy that got me interested in this hobby a few months ago.  He has a lot of tutorials on his channel and he lists all the supplies he uses in his description with links to amazon.  And this one just happens to be a Corvette

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfT8zZ-xpYA

 

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Posted by Brinks on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:43 PM

Thank You, great idea about practicing on spoons and i will check out the books.

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Posted by Brinks on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:44 PM

Thanks I will check out the videos. Sounds like just what i need.

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Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, September 17, 2018 6:44 AM

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I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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