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Bikes'N'Cars (15 days ago)
My first kit many years ago in the late 90's was the Revell 1969 Camaro Z28. $15. Box was beaten up and it turns out parts were missing, biggest one being the hood. I got glue, Tamiya silver, black and white. You don't need the others, right? Also got cheap blue spray paint. I didn't use primer. I had never painted anything before and the end result was a mess, I had runs, sags pretty much every defect possible. Should have tried to paint something else first lol. The paint was not plastic friendly and melted the body in places. I have made more cars and they have been much better. I turned that Camaro into a derby car and then one day it fell from my shelf and broke, the running gear was re-used into a different car, the broken shell went into the bin. I went from that to getting a cert in autobody finish. I've painted a few more kits as well as cars and motorbikes over time.
Jam Pericas (21 days ago)
Thanks man the first time i made a model kit it was hard. Its was a tamiya r34 gtr vspec 2. But i did not painted it cause its my first time when im 11yrs
LeGgo MyEggo (22 days ago)
Love the outtro lol
Cashton Briggs (24 days ago)
I haven't put a model together since I was just a boy so these tutorials are fantastic. It makes me want to out a buy a model kit right now. Well done. Keep them coming. 👍😊
Alejandro Ibarra (25 days ago)
Can you use normal superglue for the clear parts?
Alejandro Ibarra (24 days ago)
Ok thanks
Patricio Matanić (1 month ago)
What is "Clear Parts", i am from Croatia so I don't understand that
Patricio Matanić (1 month ago)
+The Scalemodeling Channel oh thank you for quick answer, sorry for bothering you, I am new at model building and first learning then I will buy some kit and start moddeling, (I am 15 years old 😂)
Seethrough/clear/glass parts
LCARS Modeler (1 month ago)
Nice, high level build review. Thanks.
Ronald Franck (1 month ago)
PLEASE! When you speed up your videos to compress time use a fixed camera location rather than a camera mounted on your head, All that rapid motion of your head moving is distracting and causes me to experience instant motion sickness. Otherwise I give two thumbs up on your videos.
pocolashon (1 month ago)
You can use transparent epoxy to glue clear parts. You can get the 5-minute curing one anywhere including supermarkets (at least in Europe). Yes, it is not that convenient as you will need to mix the two parts together but it sure as hell holds strong.
Brian Malaquias (2 months ago)
Fabulously informative. Keep them coming.
me chsorin (2 months ago)
where can I also buy some model kits from? any suggestions please?
haziqrc's (2 months ago)
I can't get the revell contact clear and the bob inc super gold plus in malaysia
SpagelSmegal (3 months ago)
My first true kit as a tamyia Volkswagen Beetle I’m surprised how good I did on it
Floris van der linde (3 months ago)
3:35 tip: don't just cut everything out. it's important to know what part you need because maybe the part that you used were reversed.... then if it's glued on and you see that you did it wrong you'll have a problem..... (This is my advice, the way I do it. I'm not trying to be a pro.)
John Richards (4 months ago)
What is the process for painting and gluing the model? I want to paint the parts of the engine before assembly because it is too sloppy to paint them after assembly, but the Tamiya Extra thin just makes a mess and does not bond painted parts.
John Richards (3 months ago)
Thanks, I even have a tube laying around here in my box of modeling stuff. :)
SpagelSmegal (3 months ago)
John Richards or testors glue is pretty good
Try the BSI Super Gold + mentioned in the video
Random Petrolhead (4 months ago)
I'm building a Hummer H2 model kit rn😂
Dragoner Productions (4 months ago)
Ya my store has a ton of car, military, plane kits along with a few stark trek kits and gunpla kits (which I mostly build anyways) So these car kits you don't need a screwdriver? Wew.... I was worried it would be too complicated Idk how I feel like painting the actual cover of the entire car though.
mindofmyown333 (4 months ago)
Just started getting back in to model building. Thanks for the tips!!
Jae KiDd (5 months ago)
all the kits I get you have to paint all the engines they don't come the color they're supposed to I had impala ss 1996 & it was hard but I did it I just got the Integra one that's super hard
chaos Killa (5 months ago)
Jae KiDd you should try to get revell snap tite kits they are fairly detailed and are very easy to build. Typically they cost 20 usd for one car but sometimes you can find them cheaper.
Dante Shadow64 (5 months ago)
i was able to use the tamiya extra thin cement for all my clear parts without much trouble, as lon gas you don't make a mistake
Dalton Goins (5 months ago)
My dumbass wanted to give modeling a try and bought a level 4/5 FA35 fighter jet and now I’m riding the struggle bus hardcore
TheRunesmythe (3 months ago)
Yeah, starting off with harder kits always winds up being an uphill battle all the way. One suggestion I would make is to, if possible, set that kit aside for a while and pick up a couple of easier, cheaper kits; there are two reasons I suggest this; 1) Cheaper kits don't hurt as much if you make mistakes; and 2) Once you've completed a couple of kits, you'll have some idea of the possible hiccups you might encounter and this will give you a lot more confidence which will make that expensive, harder kit seem a lot less daunting. If that's not an option, then I would suggest just moving slowly on the harder kit; do *a lot* of dry fitting (testing where pieces go before applying any sort of adhesive), take frequent breaks, especially if you begin to get tired/frustrated because you're more likely to make mistakes during those moments and just try to learn everything you can from each step of the process. I can't guarantee that the kit will come out great, but you *will* learn a lot and it will help you in moving forward with the hobby.
Josh Krysinski (5 months ago)
I’m having trouble with getting the body on the chassis of my revel corvette c7.r
Excellent video, a good intro, Hope to see more basic stuff too. This is a good one as always.
VehicleAddict 732 (6 months ago)
Can you use normal masking tapes???
That depends on what you see as "normal" masking tapes. The least you can do is try. Don't be affraid to fail and learn
Erick Serrano (6 months ago)
Can you use crazy glue ?
Russische-Roemeen (6 months ago)
Ik wist dat het een Nederlander was 😂😂
Aaron of Everything (6 months ago)
extraordinarily helpful. I have a few model cars that I am dying to build but they are intimidating, mostly because the idea of painting and applying decals incorrectly is daunting. So many details!
Kommander Rahnn (7 months ago)
You forgot to clean up the parts. VERY important.
chaos Killa (5 months ago)
Kommander Rahnn meh
Gabe Rodriguez (7 months ago)
“All round good guy” 😂😂😂
RaceGames4 Days (7 months ago)
My first model I ever did was a 1967 Mustang Gt500
Ed Rice (7 months ago)
I read somewhere that you should first wash your model kit in warm water and dish soap before building so you can clean off any oil residue on the plastic. What are your thoughts on that idea?
Ed Rice (7 months ago)
The Scalemodeling Channel Thank you for the reply.
I don’t do it myself. Never needed to
Tyler Melendez-Duke (7 months ago)
Just bought my first kit and my plan was to only buy the kit for now, keep it somewhat cheap, try choose between Revell, Tamiya and AMT and stay away from Nissan’s because I will probably make a mistake. After some thought I was between a $45 Fujimi R32, a $45 Revell 918 and a $30 Tamiya MX-5. The mx-5 was exactly what I was looking for, cheap, top quality, 1:24 scale (all 3 options where 1:24) and something I love but not something I’d be devastated if I broke. I was about to buy the MX-5 then I stupidly put it down and bought the R32. Super excited though just hope it turns out good
Kevin Melillo (8 months ago)
Question: At 5:51 or so, when you are wetting down the decals, it seems as if the model is painted, and not white. Was this shot out of order?
No. This model was never painted
joska D (8 months ago)
will superglue melt painted plastic parts?
joska D (8 months ago)
thank you for fast responding!
No, but it can leave a white haze
Steven O (8 months ago)
Thank god I didn't build by Tamiya efini RX-7 yet, guess I'll buy another kit that is something the Corvette C6 in the video.
Gimme IQ (8 months ago)
The revell glue works really good on chrome
craig dunn (8 months ago)
I like it
Ben7seven7 (9 months ago)
Nice video on explaining the steps and glues to use on the different types of parts. It was good and informative. Only one thing that was a little distracting to me about the video was your blocky way of speaking. You would pause between each word as you trie to annunciate as best you could but it can be a little distracting and doesn’t flow. Just speak without all of the pauses in between each and every word and it will certainly improve the overall quality of your videos.
Panzergrau Models (8 months ago)
Ben7seven7 Tom is Dutch and English isn't his first language. He has to think before letting out... same here. Small inconvenient thought, is it?
TheGamingIndian (9 months ago)
This is possible without a kit right? a long time ago probably around 2008 or something i saw this video where the person was building the body with some sort of plastic/plaster stuff and some sort of glue that dried and hardened. This seems much much simpler but i believe most people don't do it for the simplicity but for the process and the fun in making something.
Shahril Ashraff (9 months ago)
Mine first are mg wing gundam ew
Matt Yaqin (9 months ago)
I made alot of mistake when makeing it
Krimzon Eleven (9 months ago)
Could you add these to a playlist? It’s hard to find them all.
I have a “how to” playlist
Krimzon Eleven (9 months ago)
The Scalemodeling Channel Oh, I thought this was in addition to the other how to basics videos. My mistake.
What do you mean? This is part 1 of 1 for now.
Luka Šlibar (10 months ago)
The revell nedle nose tip gets often jamed
Servan Castillo (10 months ago)
You are an amazing person for making these videos.
windows988 (10 months ago)
This video is extremely helpful. I’ve tried my first kit (69 Camaro) and I picked the wrong tools and I’ve messed up... Thank you 🙏🏻
Ios_ racer55 (10 months ago)
What are other alternatives of plastic glue?
Wesley C (11 months ago)
My dad build a '94 camaro Z28, he built it well, he didn't paint it, not bad at all, for memories ago.
Fallout Floyd (11 months ago)
i have some questions. 1. will ZAP formula 560 work for clear parts? 2. what is masking tape for? sorry for the dumb questions but, im learning :P
The Scalemodeling Channel (11 months ago)
1. I don’t know 2. To mask thinks of, or stick them together temporarily
waifu 4laifu (1 year ago)
im starting to like car model kits idk why
ExpertFX (2 months ago)
One time I got my dick stuck in a toaster
chaos Killa (5 months ago)
I love cats lol
DatFalloutFan2002 (9 months ago)
RoyToh Does Roblox And More me too lol,i just randomly thought,i want to try something different instead of just playing watch dogs 2 and fallout 4,so I thought:how about a model car? I love cars and love building “like my city on fallout 4 check out video on my channel” so then i started watching model car building videos and i really want to build a lot now lol
Peter Riess (1 year ago)
Hello Sir, the sucess is unbelieveable! Thank you for your answer. And please go on with your videos. Thank for your effort. To you and to all viewers have a great Christmastime 2017 and a successful and healthy 2018
Peter Riess (1 year ago)
Hello Sir, your videos are really great. Please how are you making these videos? Which camera are you using? Are you using a reflex camera or did you use a camcorder? How did you place the camera? It looks like it is always in your face. But then you have no possibility to do such a fantastic job. It would be very nice to hear from you. Thanks a lot for your time.
I use a GoPro with a head strap
ace frank (1 year ago)
Tnx bro. very informative
bghu gt (1 year ago)
where can i find these anyone???
chaos Killa (5 months ago)
bghu gt hobby lobby is a nice place to find them
Fallout Floyd (11 months ago)
A hobby store
Lowercas e (1 year ago)
Thx (even though I’m kinda not a starter)u can also use oval glue for the clear parts
is it dangerous
exxxp (3 months ago)
Balidaros Gaming hold up... are you telling me they didn’t put them their to drink
Balidaros (1 year ago)
It cant be dangerous. Unless you drink any glues or paints.
Mark Logan (1 year ago)
Wot, no paint??
dishchicken (1 year ago)
Where was this when I started lol
Nepboysaroz (1 year ago)
very cool
:o (1 year ago)
Pre-painted kits are also a good option.
double Nickel six (1 year ago)
It's sprue
double Nickel six (1 year ago)
I have been building for almost 40 years on and off my dad taught me
Jordan Roberts (1 year ago)
I'm doing my first build right now and i got glue on the windows and tried to take it off with nailpolish remover now all the windows are foggy... any tips??
Starz Shower (1 year ago)
i guess you can wet-sand it with 400, 600, 800, then 1000, 1200, 1500, 1800, and keep wet sanding it till you reach 2500 then use paint polisher and buff it then wax it, it worked with a plastic clear part i have
Jordan Roberts try polishing it with toothpaste. Otherwise mot much you can do
TomCat Xsl (1 year ago)
use white glue like Elmer's for clear parts
Zadohk (1 year ago)
Should have watched this before I messed up my Aston Martin.
Szabi Szántó (2 months ago)
Im going to build a Nissan gtr r32 hope im not going to mess up
Charlie's Models (5 months ago)
samuel ok I messed up a 49 mercs paint a few months ago which was my first build
Anak SangBapa (7 months ago)
I messed up my aoshima FC bad
waifu 4laifu (10 months ago)
Zadohk lol
Initial VAT (1 year ago)
Zadohk the zilly Me im gonig to build my tamiya Porsche gt2 club sport road version with no paint.And I also messed up the back wheels and the decals (racing harness) because of lack of tweezers.
Nick Garcia (1 year ago)
please don't remove all pieces until ready to put together
IRON MAKER (1 year ago)
RX productions (1 year ago)
I'm more of a gunpla guy my self don't rly like the American kits
l l (1 year ago)
I haven't got the money for an air-brush.How can I do a good paint job with a paint brush?
Jamison Karnes (1 year ago)
Benjamin Sowah spray paint
Jesvin Joy (1 year ago)
Quick question: Do I have to use the glues/cements mentioned in this video? What would happen if I used fevicol, or carpenter's wood glue instead?
Jesvin Joy (1 year ago)
Lmao, I was referring to any general household glues. Thanks for the info anyway, I appreciate it. Keep up the good work!
I am not aware of any other glue you have in your house:P so nothing i coud recomend. I personaly preffer these modeling specific glue's
Jesvin Joy (1 year ago)
http://www.amazon.in/Fevicol-SH-Synthetic-Resin-Adhesive/dp/B018C7AOFS It's basically a really strong adhesive, I've used it a lot during woodworking. Are there any alternative types of glue I could use that I can find around the house, instead of the ones you mentioned in the video?
+Jesvin Joy wood glue is not strong enough. You could use it for the clear parts. But the rest wont work What is fevicol?
Ryan Silva (1 year ago)
I want to build a revell model of the Titanic.This is really helpful before I begin!
Karanja Broomfield (1 year ago)
Nice video. Very informative.
John Chandra V. (1 year ago)
Nice! What is that background music when you were opening the kit box?
+John Chandra V. It is listed in the lower left corner at the beginning of the video
Bird (1 year ago)
I am building my second model ever, my first car model. I had no idea about the problem with chrome parts and plastic cement, I'm glad I found this video before building! also, I have a tube of some type of testor's plastic cement, it is in a red tube and is thick and can leave a thing spider Web like string behind when using. do you know the type I am referring to? I was wondering when it would be appropriate to use and when not to use it on certain parts. awesome video!
Kommander Rahnn (7 months ago)
Throw that tube away. they are garbage. Get some Tamiya extra thin cement or Testors extra thin.
I have never used tesotrs products, i have no idea wich glue it is and how you could use it best. Sorry man ;)
Tolo King (1 year ago)
I get the 500 like
gregory vega (1 year ago)
Can you do a step to step tutorial on how to build a 1965 Chevy Impala SS 396? Please and thank you.
S.Forces (1 year ago)
I just want to see a simplified way to paint the body but make it look good.
Kommander Rahnn (7 months ago)
Easiest way is to just spray paint it.
S.Forces (1 year ago)
Love these vids
The Godfather (1 year ago)
My first model kit is messerschmitt g10
Adam Grant (1 year ago)
I did a 69 Camaro
Jamison Karnes (1 year ago)
Ford Mustang boss 302 but wanted a Chevy camaro
Kool killer (1 year ago)
Erwin Rommel mine was a corvette stingray 2014 snap kit and today I finished a 1966 chevvel for my dad
Christopher Ashmore (1 year ago)
Very helpful for this beginner. I would like to see more videos that build on this one, progressively increasing in complexity (both techniques and tools) each time you do a new video.
Samwell Powers (1 year ago)
The Scalemodeling Channel thanks much! It really help out for what I need. Do you have like a part 2 of a video like this? Or like a intermediate or an advance 101 tool/part guide?
There is no part 2 yet
BRush Fishing (1 year ago)
Is IT possible to only use super glue??
BRush Fishing (1 year ago)
+ one more question: if i spray paint or color it the regular way, can i still use supergold + Btw thanks!!
If you use the Supergold +(wich is safe to use on clear parts) then yes.
looking at getting back into making models.
Peter Danilov (7 months ago)
You definitely should
Jungle James (1 year ago)
nice work
Conservative views (1 year ago)
It was about dang time Tom lol. Love this video man, keep em coming . Im a rookie lol
moxl (1 year ago)
Please do an intermediate build, but with basic tools. No airbrush but cans, no special clear glue but woodglue. Stuff like that. A clean build but with basic investment. So that the guys with small allowance can do a pretty good build too. Would love to see that. Voor de rest doe je het super ;) Al veel bijgeleerd.
Gimme IQ (2 months ago)
My clear glue costs $5
Nathanael Lloyd (4 months ago)
The Scalemodeling Channel I use a 4 pack of liquid super glue that I get from wal-mart and it works pretty well! The best part is that it’s only $1.50! And I can build 5-6 complete models with it! I also am able to get 5-10 builds with a basic spray can! And believe it or not it actually comes out quite nice! Also you can get a can of spray paint for a dollar at wal-mart or Lowe’s or Home Depot!
Orlando Gaming and More (7 months ago)
What about liquid cement? Thats cheap and works well with plastic. I would say that Home Depot has a bottle the size of a palm for 2-4 dollars
I will do one in the future once i have cleared all the commission work out of the way. Though keep in mind, spray cans are not cheap either if you have to buy 5 every build you do. The run out fast and can mostly only be used for 1 maybe 1,5 builds. Wood glue is pretty much just as cheap or expensive as the CA glue i use in these videos. so is the cement. Though they are valid points. I also do have 2 video series(old ones) on using spray cans ;)
Moreno Zanarella (1 year ago)
Why don't you make a rusty model tutorial? :)
Moreno Zanarella because i don't know how to do that
Would the Bob Smith Industries Super Gold+ formula work with painted plastic aswell? Thank you
Yes, it does not ruin the paint. Plastic cement(what the shop most likely suggested) will however ruin/melt the paint
Without ruining the paint I mean? I was using one recomended by the hobby shop where I bought all the supplies and it just melted the paint ruining the model :(
Yes, No problem
Ken R (1 year ago)
this was great keep them coming.
Alex Oliver (1 year ago)
You should've painted the corvette!
+Alex Oliver that was not the point of this video ;)
Curtis Staples (1 year ago)
Thank you so much! I have ruined multiple models by getting part way through the build and either loosing parts or just not having the painting skills. The paint always runs because I try to apply too much in one coat.
Gustavo Chanchencow (1 year ago)
I'm a beginner and I'm having a lot of trouble when trying to paint and clear coat. It results in a very rough and not shining look, very weird. Btw, I airbrush with tamiya acrylics, clear x22 and tamiya x20a thinner What I'm possibly doing wrong ?
Panzergrau Models (8 months ago)
Gustavo Chanchencow hi, buddy! I had the same problem for years. X-22 isn't the best but you can thin it down almost to water consistency, then spray it from close, moving the airbrush fast from side to side. Keep the coat wet, but don't puddle! Try on plastic spoon first!
Gustavo Chanchencow i honestly have no idea. I only know what is available to and around me.
Gustavo Chanchencow (1 year ago)
Is there any other option of clear, easy to find around the globe ? I'm from Brazil so we don't have many other brands to choose here...
+Gustavo Chanchencow it is very hard to get a shiny finish with the x22 you need to aply it very thick. And it will need to be polished in order to get a good shine
Antonio Alvarado (1 year ago)
Is nice to go back to the basics. Keep them coming !!!!!!!!!!!
Nice tip on the Bob Smith Gold glue. Didn't know there was a CA type glue safe for clear parts.
matthew sanders (1 year ago)
That's also a great first kit, I've built many of this kit, it's just nice, panels fit really nice and it is in no way overwhelming
Kolter Whitten (1 year ago)
Just finished mine about a month ago and it isn't that great from what I did but the. I found his channel and learned a bunch of things about modeling
Kyle Sagun (1 year ago)
I finally have something to show to my friends and they could finally do it, and we can talk about it alllll day ;)
JoshDoesThings (1 year ago)
what if i had no clear contax glue and only have tamiya cement
Kyle Sagun (1 year ago)
ZeButt Cookie well, either get some clear contact glue, or be REALLY careful
Simple models (1 year ago)
In my eyes first or 10th build, you must try painting anyway. It is very important step.By building model without painting it, you cant really learn a lot... Unpainted model looks like cheap toy, and if you fail painting it will not look any worse. Models aren't cheap, so why waste a kit? Why not to use all opportunities it gives? Its better avoid getting cutting pad, snippers fancy knives, and get 1 can of paint maybe, if you see that you enjoy hobby, than you can invest in tools for future projects. I am not criticizing this current video, just sharing my point of view on this "first model kit" topic :)
That is exactly how I taught my kids to build models. They concentrated on assembly first and it wasn't until their second model that they started brush painting smaller parts.
Kyle Sagun (1 year ago)
Simple models my idea of a first kit is to paint, and glue. I didn't need any knives or spruce cutters or a can of paint for my first one. The way to get better is to 1: practice 2: research about the topic 3: apply research 4(a): continue to practice new skill 4(b) try again. That's how I got better

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