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Choosing The Right Model Truck Skill Level

Aug 17, 2008
There are so many different types of model trucks available today. You can buy them with as many or as little working parts as you choose. You can also choose how easy or how difficult you would like them to be to assemble.

So, how do you pick which one it is you want to start with? To do this you must first decide if the model is for you or for someone else. If this model is for yourself then it is pretty easy to choose one. You must simply know what your skill level currently is. If you are just starting out in building models then you may want to choose an easy one to begin with. One that may suit your skill level would be a snap together model.

Snap together models often come prepainted and just require assembly. They obviously do not require glue which can also mean that these type models can make a good choice for younger model makers as well. There may be a small need for some sort of cutting utensil to cut any flashing that is left on the parts after pulling them from the sprue. Flashing is excess material that is left behind in the manufacturing process.

You may not even need this cutting tool as usually you can do the same thing with a bit of sandpaper. If you do use it just make sure that you do not remove too much of the material. It is always easier to remove than it is to build it back up.

It may be that you are looking for a bit more of a challenge. If you are then you should consider another type of plastic model. There are other plastic models available. It is just a matter of finding the one for you. The plastic models that require gluing come in several skill levels as well. The ones that are the most challenging can actually have tiny little working parts that can require a lot of attention to detail.

Models may also need painting. This can be accomplished by either hand painting them or by using an airbrushing kit. Both manners of painting offer their own benefits as well as their own drawbacks. Hand painting can allow closer attention to detail but airbrushing can allow you to create a more uniform coating.

If you do choose to give a model as a gift then you should take the age of the person into account. While you would expect an adult to be able to work safely with a hobby knife you would certainly not give one to an adolescent to use. Some may be able to do so with some level of supervision but this may not be acceptable for all.

Another consideration is the size of parts in the model when compared to the model builder's age. Young model builders might be likely to put small pieces in their mouth. Many of the boxes that the model trucks come in have a recommended age or skill level printed right on the box. This can help you to make your decision as well.

If you do not decide to give a plastic model then you might want to give a wooden one. There are wooden models that do not require any tools. They may also come in big pieces so that they are easy for little hands. This should make your decision so much easier in the long run.

Whether you are buying the model truck for yourself of for someone else you will still be able to find one out there that can suit your purposes. When you go to buy the model just make sure that you know the recipient's age and relative skill level. This will make your selection process so much easier.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for model cars, model trains, and model trucks. You will find excellent hobbying and trading resources here for model race cars, model trains, and model racing trucks.
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