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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 4 Icon_minitimeWed Jul 24, 2013 10:09 pm

So I've been asked a few times now, "what should I get to get started with a model kit?" - so I decided to stop being a lazy lump and hauled ass via BMX to my nearest LHS, Burbank's House of Hobbies. Being a on a budget, this list is missing a couple things, but this is some of the bare minimum stuff you'll want to build a decent-looking kit. I know this looks like a lot of stuff, but just keep in mind that all of this only came to $36.32US.

First, there are at least four pots you should always have in stock - if you run out of one of these, go get another one! Trust me, you'll use these on every single car kit you build, so make sure to have them around.

You'll use these for turn signals/indicators, brake lenses, and fine details like the "empty space" behind a grille. You'll also need the enamel thinner, as this is how you will clean your brush. Thinner has many uses, but I'll get into them another time. For now, just know that unless you plan to buy a new brush every time you paint, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THINNER.
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Next, you'll need something to rough up the body shell a little bit to allow the primer to grab, as well as to remove the very likely "mold lines" (also called "flash") left behind from the molding process. If you're just starting out, buy one of these sets. Everything you'll need for your first paint job, and it will give you an idea of what grits you'll need when you're ready to start buying sandpaper sheets individually.
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Next, you'll need to decide on what color you plan to paint your kit. Select your color first, then choose a primer that suits it. The primer will go on first, and give the base coat something to adhere to - DON'T JUST SPRAY COLOR ON WITHOUT PRIMER!!!! It will likely run, and will have this cheap, not-right and too-thin look to it at the end. It will look like crap, trust me on this please. It's important to get the right shade of primer, as it will affect the final shade of the color going over it. If you choose a light color like I have - silver - it's a good idea to use a white or very light grey primer to help ensure the final color is nice and bright. They also have colored primers to really help your final color pop - just remember that you should choose your primer based on how light or dark you want the final color to be, and you should be fine. If you can't find colored primer to go with your color choice, just choose a white, grey, or black in the right shade that you think will go well with it.
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I'm building a fairly stock-looking C33 Laurel, so I went with a bright silver paint and a white primer to help it look nice and shiny.
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Now this is optional, but if you're working on a classic car - or like me, a Nissan with tons of chrome trim - you should give this stuff a shot. Only about $6US. It's called Bare Metal Foil, or BMF. It's a super thin sticky-backed foil that you can easily stick to your kit, trim around the windows with a hobby knife, and peel away the excess. Beats masking off and finding chrome spray paint, which tends to be a HUGE hassle to work with...
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And as for glue, I would suggest a pot of Tamiya Super Thin Cement (has a brush in the cap, so easy to use) and for stuff you need to dry quick, like stuff you don't want sagging as it dries or stuff you want to support the model when it's on display, such as the suspension - I use brush-on Krazy Glue. Sold in most CVS or Walgreens for like $3US.
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You'll also need various brushes (you can get detailing sets for like $6US from most hobby shops), a good hobby knife, like an Xacto with a few extra different blades, and nail trimmers or a special sprue cutter for taking parts off the plastic trees. You don't want to be twisting delicate plastic parts around! Oh, and of course, you'll want a model kit!

It's a good primer to get it into your head that if you're just starting out and don't already have the tools and paints and stuff, you're probably looking at spending around $100US to build your first kit. But that's including the kit. Depending on how well you do, you'll already have plenty of paint and other supplies left over, and you can start your next kit for likely just the cost of the model itself.

If you're patient, this is a really relaxing, really rewarding hobby. Painting small details into things may seem intimidating at first, but just keep in mind what it will look like in the end. Go nuts, experiment, look up tutorials online - and I really can't stress enough that you should join SPC if you're really looking to get into building kits as a hobby. I've never been a part of a friendlier, more helpful community:
http://scaleplasticcars.com/phpBB3/index.php
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How to weather?
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 4 Icon_minitimeWed Jul 24, 2013 10:19 pm

THAT is a guide for another time, haha. At least from me, anyway. I'd do better showing you via progress on my own kit than typing it out. Or, there's the awesome tutorial section at SPC. Razz
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I think I'ma do a full paint on a kit before I start messing with weathering.
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Yeah, you should just "OOB" (out of box or "kit stock") a kit first, before getting into the advanced stuff. Not that I think you can't do it - any of us can with patience and the right eye for detail - but it's a little much to have to worry about at the very start. :3
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Just signed up on SPC Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 4 Icon_minitimeWed Jul 24, 2013 10:34 pm

Hahah. And my model is sitting at the post office waiting to be put together Crying or Very sad 
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 4 Icon_minitimeThu Jul 25, 2013 12:59 pm

So these are my models that have been orderd Smile

Tamiya - Mazda Rx7 FC
Tamiya - Nissan Skyline R33
Fujimi - Nissan Skyline R34 Z Tune

could you guys pm or link me with the sort of tools I would need please, if not when I get off hol, I'll sit and read the entire thread back and see what I can do
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 4 Icon_minitimeThu Jul 25, 2013 1:17 pm

You'll need; Modelling Blades, Poly Cement/Clear Glue etc...
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 4 Icon_minitimeThu Jul 25, 2013 1:25 pm

Dude, look a few posts above. There's a tutorial of the basic stuff you'll need lol
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Look what came in today!!

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That's sweet! ^^
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 4 Icon_minitimeMon Jul 29, 2013 4:54 pm

Since it didn't come with a motor, I'm probably going to LS swap it
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lol! 
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Falken HD wrote:
Since it didn't come with a motor, I'm probably going to LS swap it
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Hahah shut up Addie
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But seriously
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 4 Icon_minitimeMon Jul 29, 2013 5:22 pm

Haha I'll see what I can get. Where do I find engines? Do they sell them on 1999.co.jp?
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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 4 Icon_minitimeMon Jul 29, 2013 5:24 pm

Yeah but your best bet for an LS would be to track down a Revell Corvette kit of some sort. They all come with engines and shouldn't be too expensive. Then you can build a curbside Vette.

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PostSubject: Re: Scale Plastic Model Thread   Scale Plastic Model Thread - Page 4 Icon_minitimeMon Jul 29, 2013 5:28 pm

Ok thanks. I'm on my way to the hobby shop right now so I'll see if they have anything there. Say I was looking for an RB20, did that motor come in any kits?
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R32 kit.
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