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Properly Building A Model Tank

Sep 10, 2008
Building model tanks can be very fun. It can also help to pique your interest in military history and fire your imagination as well. Anyone who sets their mind to the task can assemble models. There are just a few steps that you will have to take and a few tools that you should have on hand before you begin.

The first thing you will want to do is to find the right spot to assemble your model. You should choose a table that is large enough to allow you the room you will need to spread everything out. It should also have ample lighting over the table so you can easily see any small parts or the paints if you decide to paint your model. Once you have your spot chosen you can buy a model tank that is within a skill level that you are comfortable with.

After you have found the model that you would like to assemble you should then begin to gather your tools. If you are not planning on painting your model then all you will need is a good hobby knife, a pair of tweezers, a piece of fine grit sandpaper and some model cement. If you do decide to paint your model then you will also need the paints, paint brushes and cleaner. It would also be wise to put down a drop cloth on your work surface to keep any stray cement or paint from staining up the table itself.

You are now ready to begin. Open your kit and remove the instructions. Find the individual parts that you will need to use for each step and sort them accordingly. When you remove parts from the sprue, make sure that you cut them rather than breaking them as you could end up having to make a repair right off the bat. Use the sandpaper to remove any little nub of plastic left over from its removal from the sprue or any flashing that was left behind during manufacturing.

Wash all the parts in lukewarm or cool water with a very small amount of mild detergent and allow all the parts to dry. Once your parts are dry you can begin the assembly process. Use only as much model cement as you need to attach the pieces together and make sure that you clean up any stray drips of cement as they happen.

If you want to put a bit more effort into your model you can fill any gaps with putty which can then be sanded flat. This model will then need to be painted so that all the surfaces will properly match. Any decals that came with the model can be applied once the cement has had time to cure and the paint has dried. Congratulations! You have assembled your first model tank. If you enjoyed yourself then you might consider making model building a full time hobby.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant about model rockets, model tanks, and model spaceships. You will find the best shopping at these sites for model rockets, model tank assembly, and model spaceships.
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