Top 6 Reasons to Build Scale Models

From RC cars, to planes, trains, ships, bikes, and pop culture icons such as the Millennium Falcon, there are a variety of different scale model projects to cover all of your interests. But why do people choose to build scale models in the first place, and what are the benefits you get out of committing your time and energy to this age-old hobby?

Below we’ve prepared six key reasons to get into scale modelling, no matter your age, gender, or personal interests. So give them a read, and get cracking on your next build project!

Skill Development

No matter what type or size of model you choose, there is a series of stages involved in order to complete the project. These include learning the history and look of your model; construction of the model; painting; and in some cases, weathering or applying decals. As should be obvious, these different stages all require a different level of discipline and skill, some of which are listed below:

  • Researching
  • Planning
  • Cutting
  • Drilling
  • Sculpting
  • Sanding
  • Gluing
  • Painting
  • Detailing
  • Photography

As most builders can attest, there are certain areas of this process that they are stronger at than others, but the joy of scale model making is that you can become multi-skilled the more you build and the more you learn from each project.

Stress Release

For most of us, stress is an unavoidable aspect of our everyday lives. Our hobbies and interests – such as watching your favourite sports team or movies, catching up for a drink or a meal with friends, or going for a stroll in the early hours of the morning – offer an outlet for that stress.

A couple of hours spent piecing together or painting your model can clear your mind of the problems of the world

If you’re more of an introvert, or simply have a quieter disposition, then scale modelling is a hobby that is tailor-made to relieve your stresses. A couple of hours spent piecing together or painting your model can clear your mind of the problems of the world, and leave you in a calmer state than when you began.

Instant and Ongoing Rewards

With part builds, you have the opportunity to break down a potentially large and long-term project into bite-sized pieces. The benefit of this is that you can see fast progress over a shorter period of time, without being bogged down or overwhelmed by the larger scope of your build. As you progress to the completion of your model you will get a strong sense of personal achievement, and with each new scale model, you’ll see continuous improvement across all areas.

Chance to be an Artist

Art comes in many shapes and forms, and while you may not be a brilliant illustrator, painter, writer, or musician, scale models offer you the opportunity to create your own art. Sure there’s an engineered, paint by numbers element to the whole build process, but there is plenty of room for personal flair every step of the way. Instructions are only ever there as a guide, and once you’ve mastered how to put a model together, you can add your personal touch in any way you so choose.

Making Your Own Trophy Collection

Whether it was a player of the day ribbon, or a shiny gold cup for winning the local football championship, personal trophies always leave you with a sense of pride and a little something to show off to your peers. A well-built and nicely finished scale model can provide the same level of self-esteem and personal achievement, and the number of trophies you reward yourself with is only limited by the time, money, and type of scale model you choose to commit to.

Meaningful Time Spent with Loved Ones

In a time when technology seems to be taking over, scale modelling offers a hands-on way to spend quality time with your children, working together on a shared passion. As already detailed above, multi-skill development is a big part of model building, as is growing self-esteem, patience, concentration, and perseverance. By collaborating with your children throughout the build process, you also instil the importance of teamwork, and strengthen your relationship.

Are there any other reasons you build scale models, or key benefits you get out of building? Please share them in the comments below!

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