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Assembling Model Kits

So you have purchased your first model kit and are now ready to assemble it. Just remember, model building is a learned skill and takes many hours of practice. If you make a mistake on your first effort, do not criticize yourself, but go on to the next one. With practice, model building can be fun and a great stress-reliever.

Assembling the Model Kit

Look around your home for tools that will be useful in your new hobby. If you have to purchase a few, they are very inexpensive. Some basic tools you will need are sandpaper, liquid cement, paint brushes, hobby knife, masking tape, clamps, and modeling paints. Put these tools in a special place and organize them so you can reach them easily when needed.

Ask around your neighborhood or work place to find out if there are any experienced modelers. If so, they can probably give you a lot of tips and save you from many headaches.

Once you start your new project, choose an area where you can leave your model kit set up until it is complete. A garage or basement would be the best place to work. You should work in a place with very good lighting, and you will also need a wide work table. Place newspaper or a drop cloth under your model to protect the table from any spilled glue or paint.

You should read the model instructions very carefully before you begin. Take out all parts and check them against the manufacturer's list. There is nothing worse than reading the last instruction only to discover the part is missing. Once you know all the parts are accounted for, you can now begin your new hobby. Proceed with patience!

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