Top 5 car modeling tips for making your plastic model car

Building a model car kit is a great hobby. If you are a car enthusiast you can take your passion to another level by building these cars. It needs patience and some skills to do it. You need a good amount of detail and accuracy. Car modeling is a very challenging job. But the result is very rewarding. Here are some car modeling tips that can help you.

Tools needed

You need lots of small tools for the modeling work. First of all, you need safety glasses because you will be using paint, sprays and other things. Sandpaper is needed to smoothen the plastic and to take off that extra glue. You need tweezers to hold the small car parts. Paint, paint brushes, glues, cutting pliers, turntables, pins, toothpicks, etc. are also essential.


You should follow the instructions written on the kit to build the structure. You should first fit all the car parts before applying glue. This is because if you apply glue and you find that the parts are incorrectly placed then it will be hard to take them off. You should use very little glue and apply them using toothpick or pin. If you use too much glue, it will be visible from the outside. You should make sure that all the parts are well-aligned.


You should apply paint with a fine-tipped brush. When applying airbrush you should set it to low setting. You should tape areas that are exposed to paint. After the paint dries off you can take off the tapes. The lamps are very difficult to paint. It requires great precision. After painting, you should apply modeling wax for polishing.

Creating carbon pattern

You should use properly sized mesh and gray color for painting. If you use airbrush then you should set to low setting. You can add smoke to the carbon pattern to get a more realistic look.

Applying decals and markings

It can be fun applying decals and markings. You will find decal sheets in some kits. You should follow the instructions to apply it.

With car modeling kit you can customize your model. These kits are usually partially built. You just need to complete it. With some effort, you can make it look like the cars you see in shops. In order to make the model look more realistic, you should get rid of any gaps between parts and make sure that the paint is smooth.