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"Dive into the world of scale modelling with top brands and wide selection of model!

Curious about scale model kits and model figures but not sure where to start? Explore the fascinating realm of model construction and learn the ropes of crafting your first masterpiece.

From model car kits to military vehicles, and figures, our extensive selection covers a wide variety of plastic models from renowned brands including Tamiya, Airfix, Revell, Italeri and more than 2,900 other manufacturers. Whether you're a novice or an experienced modeller, we have the perfect scale model for you.

Enjoy hassle-free model building with our comprehensive guides and quality products. With fast UK delivery and a diverse range of options, embark on your scale modeling journey with confidence. Start building your dream plastic models today with 1001Hobbies, your online model shop!"

Everything you need to know to build a plastic model.

How do I start building a model kit?

To build a model kit for the first time, take it step by step. Start with models for beginners before moving on to the more complex models designed for experienced model builders. The Airfix and Revell model kits are ideal for a first step into this world. Beginners are sure to find their favourite scale models in the collections of these leading manufacturers.

What tools do I need to make a model kit?

To get off to a good start in scale modelling, here are a few basic pieces of equipment to acquire:

● Cutting materials: plastic cutting pliers, a blade holder fitted with a straight blade, sandpaper.

● Primer: this painting material allows you to vary the tone of the colours according to the desired finish, to even out the surface of the model and to reveal any sanding imperfections.

How do you glue a scale model properly?

First and foremost, it's important to determine the type of glue to use. The choice of glue depends on the material of the parts and decorative elements to be glued.

For a plastic model, the glue comes in liquid form and has a more or less long drying time to allow meticulous positioning of the elements to be fixed. Plastic glue can slightly melt, through a chemical reaction, the two plastic elements to be glued and weld them together.

Frequently used for wood and cardboard, white glue is suitable for a wooden model and its various decorative elements, but also for translucent plastic parts. It is also used to glue ballast in model railways, sand and gravel in dioramas.

There are also other types of glue, such as :

● Spray glue: for trees, flocking and backdrops;

● Cyanoacrylate glue: for all types of material, including plastic, metal, rubber, wood and porcelain;

● Hot-melt glue: practical for rapid bonding with a special glue gun ;

● Two-component glue: with an epoxy resin for a strong bond;

● Glue for glazing: clean and invisible on the model's glazing.

How do I clean a wooden model?

To remove a little dust from the wooden model, simply wipe it clean with an old cloth or microfibre cloth. If the dust resists, you can dampen the cloth and run it gently over the wood. If, however, the wood has decals, avoid using water to remove them. It is preferable to use a brush to remove the dust.

A damp cloth with soap is preferable if there is too much dust. If there is a stain embedded in the model, it can be removed with toothpaste or black soap. And if the dirt persists, there are several specific cleaning products on the market for restoring model cars, model planes and wooden model boats.

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06-18-2024

Excellent range of hard-to-find models and hobby items, all at reasonable prices.

HARRY Y.

06-18-2024

initial Delivery date was not communicated right away but all went very well after

JEFFREY C.

06-18-2024

Incredibly fast delivery once the order was processed. So glad they had what I was looking for since the items were very hard to find.

EDGAR G.

06-16-2024

Arrived on time and well packaged. Will definitely use 1001 again !

TIM J.

06-15-2024

The decals that I had ordered were on back order. After several months I gotten an email saying they were shipped. In the meantime I already...

DAVID W.

06-15-2024

good service with items in stock

DAVID P.

06-14-2024

Quickly shipped, well packed, Perfect

YVES S.

06-14-2024

Nice model and the finished aircraft was awesome

ROBERT H.

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