While not as popular as it once was, airplane modeling remains a satisfying pastime for creative aviation enthusiasts. While there are many ways to make model airplanes, such as sculpting from wood, or molding with plasitc, this article will focus on building models using glue together plastic kits. These kits have been around for many decades and there is much more to making a model than just gluing the pieces together.
8 Never use super glue in place of airplane glue. Airplane glue is much easier to get off your skin. Because of the glue and paint, this is inappropriate for children. There are snap together model available that are more appropriate for children.
Exercise patience when getting started. These models are not designed to be assembled in a single sitting. Expect to spend days, weeks, or even months depending upon the complexity of the model you choose. Decide if you will paint your model. With a little effort, you can greatly improve the realistic appearance of your model by painting it. You should decide this early, as some parts are best painted before the model is fully assembled.
Assembly - Follow the instructions in order. They are usually ordered the way they are for a good reason. Larger pieces, such as the fuselage and wings should be spray painted before gluing them together. Lay them on newspaper and spray the paint in slow even sweeps.
Use tweezers to hold small pieces that need to be painted by brush. Wait until all glue and putty is completely dried before painting.