Plastic kits are the most familiar to everyone and also offers the greatest variety
of choices including airplanes, ships, cars, trucks and even the human body.
These can range in difficulty from easy with only a few parts for young children
to extremely complicated with hundreds of parts. Plastic kits have been hugely
popular in the past. They are great for learning and recreation. They
can even be worked on in cooperation as a great way for parent and child to have
The difficulty of a kit depends on:
- Complexity of the model - number of parts
- Sizes of the parts - small requiring tweezers or large that you can hold in your
- pre-colored plastic or if the model requires painting
- kit bashing and customizing - building your own unique models from available parts
and sometimes making your own parts
- Small clippers for cutting the parts off the sprews*
- Sharp hobby knife like an Exacto knife for cleaning the parts
- Glue - type of glue can depend on the plastic used for the kit. Model Cement
for ABS type plastics is the most common.
- Clamps - small hobby clamps to hold parts together while glueing
- Paint (if not pre-colored parts) Most plastic kits do require painting.
For more information on plastic kit building, we suggest contacting the
International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS)
The club also has regional chapters and shows for the modeler.
Metal kits are usually done in small runs of white metal. White metal is a
soft low temperature metal usually of only a few hundred degrees. White metal
kits require different glues, paints and tools.
- Assorted files - jewelers files work great
- Sharp hobby knife like an Exacto knife for non-metal parts in kit (plastic windshields,
- Soldering iron (optional depending on kit) - some kits have large heavy parts that
require more strength than glue can provide.
- Clamps - small hobby clamps to hold parts together while glueing or soldering
- Glue - Epoxies or CA glues.
- Paints - primers and finish coats
Resin kits are different than plastic kits. Resin
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