Model Aircrafts

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Model aircrafts are fun ways to let your imagination fly, but they can be a little challenging. The reason model aircrafts can often be difficult has to do with the sheer level of detail that goes into them. There are some things to watch out for and some tips that may help.

Building Model Aircrafts: Some Basic Pointers

One of the things I have found to be among the most frustrating aspects of building model aircrafts is in the small details. Landing gear and cockpits can, in particular, be very hard to deal with. Besides being careful with assembly, there is the paint factor.

Contrary to what many model kit instructions recommend, I have found it best not to paint a model while the parts are still attached to the model tree. The flash from cutting off the parts makes for an uneven paint job you are only going to have to touch up later. Also, if you get glue on the model during assembly, it will ruin the paint job. It's much easier to cover up glue smudges, seepage, and other mistakes with paint later, after the model has been assembled.

The only exception to this rule is with small parts that need very intricate, individual paint jobs. This is especially true for landing gear and cockpit control panels. Trying to paint tiny landing gear parts or cockpit buttons after the model has been assembled is just going to make painting such tiny detail more difficult. While attached to the tree, you can simply remove the small part you are working on and paint it by itself without having to mess with a big, heavy, fully assembled model in which these parts may be hard to reach with a paint brush anyway.


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