If you have ever thought of building model trucks but you are unsure just where to begin you should first start at the beginning. Maybe you say one at the local retail store and thought it would be neat to try. You might have also received one as a gift for the holidays or for your birthday. You might have also picked it up for someone else. No matter exactly how you decided to begin to try this new hobby you now want to try assembling one to see how enjoyable it is.
When you get it home you take it out of the box and open up the instructions to see what exactly you will need to get started. One of the first things listed are all the recommended tools. Some of these tools may help to make your first model much easier to assemble as well as any other ones that you decide to assemble thereafter. Each one of these tools can come in very handy if you will go ahead and buy them and place them in a shoe box or plastic container so that you will have them for building each of your new models.
The list that follows is not a comprehensive list by far but it will help to get you going on your way to setting up this model builder's toolbox. The very first thing you will need to place in this box is a decent model cement. As a side note, model cement can contain styrene and/or toluene. This means that it can be very hazardous to breath the fumes for extended periods. The way that this cement works is by reacting with the plastic to help bond it together. This is very similar in effect to the process of welding. One thing you will want to ensure is that the cement that you choose is rated for hobby and craft use.
One of the things that you will want to use is a piece of safety equipment. A NIOSH approved breath mask that is rated N95 should be enough to suit your purposes. This will help you to reduce the amount of fumes to which you are exposed. Protecting your hands can be accomplished by the use of a pair of latex gloves. They will help to let you know when you are applying too much glue because they will start to rip easily. Now that you are set with your cement and your safety equipment as well you will be ready for the real tools.
One of the first tools you will need is a decent hobby knife. These can be purchased in a set that normally includes multiple blades in many different sizes and shapes. This will soon prove itself invaluable in your model building career. It allows you to cut parts loose from the sprue as well as helping you to trim any parts that need it. There are times that you will find the parts have extra bits of plastic on them that is known as flashing. It is a by-product of manufacturing and can be safely removed.
Another set of tools that will come in handy is some hobby clamps. These clamps will hold parts together your parts which will allow the cement time to dry. This will keep you from having to hold them together by hand. They can also hold your parts for painting so it can make your painting job easier. The tools and equipment listed above will all help you in starting your new model building hobby. Model truck building can be fun and rewarding. It will also help you to be more creative and build skill as well.