Toy Airplanes

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Toy airplanes are a great hobby for both the young and young at heart. If you're just starting, you may want to explore your interests with cheaper, simpler planes made of balsa wood. Generally, as planes get more complicated to build, they get more costly.

Be Serious about Your Toy Airplanes

Plastic toy airplanes are the most entertaining. It's good to be thorough with your kit. The best way to do this is to research your model before you begin. If you want your replica to look like a miniaturized version of the real thing, you'll need to have seen the real thing. Look at the library, online, or in an encyclopedia for information.

Also, make sure you have all the tools you need before you begin. Building models sends you into a trance-like state. As you get deeper into building your model, your imagination takes over. You're a World War II fighter pilot who's been shot down and will have to survive behind enemy lines, or you're Wilbur Wright hoping this baby will fly and you'll make your mark on history. It's a shame to interrupt this reverie so you can run to the hobby shop because you ran out of green paint or glue.

Decals Can Be Tricky

Be careful with your decals on your toy airplanes. If you don't press them on just right, they'll have tiny bubbles under the surface that look bad. Use a decal setting solution to help adhesion. Decals perform best when placed over a smooth surface, so watch for irregularities before you stick.

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