Let’s be honest, owning the car of your dreams is out of reach for most of us. But a more affordable alternative to an expensive car is building a model of it. Not only is it cheaper than buying an actual car, but a model car can also alter the course of your life in a great way. For one, your first model car may be the gateway to discovering a lifelong passion for building model cars for adults. Surely, you won’t be the first and last to be drawn to this popular hobby.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First things, first. When buying your first model car, it’s important to go for a kit that isn’t very complex. If you have zero experience in building scale models of objects, you may get easily discouraged if the project is too hard to build. Beginner model cars for adults usually have all the materials and pieces required. They often are designed to snap together without using additional materials for assembly.
Although they are at a beginner level, these kits can often contain as much as 50 pieces which means you’ll still find building challenging enough to have fun. As for materials, these kits can be made of plastic, die-cast metal, resin and wood. Plastic kits are usually recommended for beginners as they are the cheapest and easiest models to build. On the other hand, advanced kits are usually made of metal and contain more than 100 pieces which need glue and paint to be assembled.
When buying model cars for adults, a very important factor to consider is scale. Scale sizes range from 1/32 to 1/5 with the second number representing how many times the model is smaller than the regular-sized car. Smaller models are easy to carry around and don’t need much space to display, but may be more difficult to build considering they include very tiny parts. On the other hand, big model cars are more expensive and need more space to store.
Apart from the cost of buying a kit, building model cars can be a very affordable hobby. Most of the supplies you need to create your replicas are already hiding in your house – a knife, scissors, rubber bands, sanding sticks, tweezers, white glue and some toothpicks. If you want to give your models a personalized look, you can do so with the help of a basic set of acrylic paints.