Scale Modeling for New Modelers 

       
 

Welcome to the hobby! No matter what age you are, how skilled you are, or what your budget is, there is a place for you here. It is a hobby that lets you spend a quiet evening at home, join (or start) a local build group for a regular night out with friends, travel to shows and conventions, and at the end of the day have a real, tangible thing that you can hold in your hands and say, "I built this."

First-Time Builders

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Totally new to building, or haven't built anything since you were a kid? Start here! There are more ways to get into the hobby than ever before, from simple block sets to paper crafts to wood kits. Stores like Hobby Lobby, HobbyTown USA, Michaels, and Toys R Us each offer hundreds of ways to start building, or you can check out some online resources like Papercraft Paradise, Scribble Blog, or SpaceStation42 that offer kits you can print and download right now.

New Model Kit Builders

Ready to take on your first glue-together model kit? This page offers a guide for what tools you need to get started, how to choose a kit, and some tips for starting out. While scale modeling is generally a low-risk hobby, there are a few things you should be aware of. Check out the Safety Guide to learn about the hazards of the hobby and how to avoid them.

Info for Parents

Looking for a way to encourage creativity in your kids? The Scale Modeling Guide for Parents gives you a brief overview of the hobby, its benefits, and ways to get kids started.