Getting Started with Your Own 5th Scale Model

Getting Started with Your Own 5th Scale Model

Model building is a great hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. But before getting started on your own fifth scale model there a few things to consider.

Pick the Right Car

Choose a subject that interests you. Whether you have a passion for muscle cars of the sixties or World War II era planes, choosing a subject that you care about will motivate you to complete your model as well as give you a greater sense of satisfaction when you are finished.

Start Simple

Stick with a complexity level you are comfortable at. Nothing will ruin the experience of building your first model quicker than one that is too difficult for your skills. Start out with models with fewer parts and simple paint schemes, then as your confidence grows with each successful build challenge yourself by choosing higher skilled models.

Get Prepared

Have the right tools for the job. Recommend starting with side cutters, hobby knife, scissors, tweezers, toothpicks, Q-tips and paper towels. As you progress into more complex models your tool list will grow but for your first model this list will get you started.

Prepare your work space before you begin. A clean and comfortable work space is important when doing something as detailed as building models. Also, many times during a build you will need your tools within arm’s reach so having easy access to them will help you avoid getting yourself into a sticky situation.

Look over instructions carefully before removing your first part. Having an overall picture of what you are building and the steps involved will aid you in making any blunders later on.

When gluing remember the old adage: Less is more! You can always add more glue but getting it back in the tube is easier said than done. If you do get more glue on a part than intended do not wipe off, instead wait for it to dry than sand excess off.  Here is a video to show you how to get started with your own 5th scale model.

Don’t quit because it didn’t turn out the way you hoped. If your first fifth scale model doesn’t turn out how you expected, don’t let the disappointment stop you from trying again. Model building is a skill, and as with all skills, is one that needs to be practiced to get better at. Take what you learn from your first build and apply it to your next model. The more you build the more your skills will grow and the happier you will be with the results.