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Eross McCloud
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Model building tools

Post by Eross McCloud » 18 Dec 2017 20:34

I've recently purchased a couple Revell model building sets but since it's my first time building models. I'm still not sure what paints to get or what glue is best to use. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Re: Model building tools

Post by Laurence Strong » 20 Dec 2017 01:36

Vallejo Acrylic paints are good....water clean up and reasonably priced with a wide range of colors as well as specific sets for uniforms, vehicles, aircraft etc.

For plastic kits any of the commercially available liquid glues will work and if something stronger is needed CA glues are available as well!


Have fun and don't forget to show your results. :)



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Re: Model building tools

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 20 Dec 2017 01:59

Remember to buy a primer too. Water and plastic are not the best of friends. The acrylic paint will be hard to apply on the non-primed surface. I agree Vallejo is fine and so are the glues mentioned by Larry. Remember a good brush! Nothing worse than a lousy one. Have fun!
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Re: Model building tools

Post by hisashi » 22 Dec 2017 14:06

The following sites contain many basic tips.
https://www.revell.com/support/faq.html#paint
http://www.tamiya.com/japan/newstopics/ ... index.html

Enamel paint and lacquer paint are not mixable. Thinners of two types are not compatible. At first I recommend you use only paints among a series of those from the same brand, in similar packages. Enamel&lacquer paints are friendly to plastic, but instead they have smell problem and are bad to your health if you work long and/or ventilation is poor.

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Re: Model building tools

Post by Eross McCloud » 31 Jan 2018 23:20

Thank you all so much for the much needed tips and advice! I've looked through the websites to make sure I understood everything and got the most information.

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Re: Model building tools

Post by Model Maniac » 16 Feb 2018 08:14

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Re: Model building tools

Post by daortiz » 16 Feb 2018 21:59

Regarding the glue, I use Testors Cement for Plastic Models for just about everything. It comes in a red tube. They also have a cement for wood and metal but I don't use it too often. I find the Plastics Cement more versatile and am even using it on a paper model right now.

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