Whether you’re a car enthusiast or like a famous car model you see on TV and movies, dealing with scale model cars is the perfect way to combine this passion with a DIY line of creativity. However, if you are new to this hobby, you probably know very little about how to Model car kits to build. Never fear! Never fear! We have a place a few miles from our scale modeling title and we’re here to help! Read on for a quick glimpse of everything you need to know about how to make model cars!
Selecting your model
Before you start cutting, gluing, welding or painting, the first step in how to make model cars is to find your preferred vehicle. Looking for something classic like the Jaguar E type or Porsche 911 Carerra? Is a Mustang Shelby GT500 or a movie star like the VW Beetle 1303 Cabriolet? Or something a little different like the VW T1 Samba Camper Van, but something less iconic?
After selecting your vehicle, but before starting that scale modeling engine, the next step is to find the ideal size for you. See our scale guide to help you make your decision. Most of the models we offer are large scales that make it difficult to exhibit, but there are excellent benefits. These include larger parts that are easy to use and contain more detail than smaller models.
You can also consider an RC or a remote controlled car instead of a static model when learning how to build model cars. As with the above options, this really stems from personal preferences. You want a model car that can cut on the streets or miniature race tracks? Or do you want a model car that you can proudly display in your living room or bedroom?
Model car kits to build / Starting Model Making
So you ordered your model car kit, you got your parts and you’re ready to go. What’s next? If you are a scaled modeling beginner, there are several important steps before you exit the start block.
First, if you’re serious about learning how to build model cars, you’ll need a balanced set of tools. Like any good auto mechanic, having the right tools can be the difference between an engine that won’t start with an ordinary engine. To save yourself time, see our handy scale model tool manual! If you’re going down the RC route, take a quick read in our RC vehicle manual.
- Bench size – Simply put, you’ll need a table or bench big enough to hold the many parts that make up your model car.
- Lighting – You can’t build a model car in a dark environment (or at least you shouldn’t try it) Lighting is so important. Make sure you have a spacious and bright environment to get started with scale modeling.
- Storage containers – as mentioned above, your model car kit comes with many items. Avoid losing important components by storing them in organized boxes or drawers.
- Making the right seat – the model car is a long-term project. Do your body a favor and choose a chair that you can sit comfortably in.
The next important step is to decide where to build. You can create a scale model almost anywhere, but here are a few tips for choosing your model car workshop:
Finally, we recommend that you read the kit instructions thoroughly before you start building your model vehicle. Even if the steps appear clear, the instructions will at least give you an idea of the layout you need to work with. The last thing you want is to dismantle your model car because you don’t want to see some extra parts that need to get into the engine or chassis! It’s also a good time to make sure you have all the parts listed.
Finishing your model car
If you have followed the instructions clearly, (hopefully) you should have a model car that looks exactly like the one shown in the manual. Next comes one of the biggest pieces while learning to build a model car – okay! No, we’re not talking about checkered flags – we mean what your model car will look like when it’s finished. Will it have a slick, polished look? Old, worn look? Are race lines or stickers required?
This is where you can really inject an artistic license and show off your skills and imagination. All HobbyZero’s cars are designed to be dropped with a striking-looking vehicle without painting, waxing or weathering. However, if you want your model car to have a more unique look, see our paint guide, decal guide, sanding guide or separation guide to really stand out from your model!