Car Modelling : Foundation Skills Workshop
Tutor: Christian Ward
Date: Saturday 9 March 2024
Venue: New Life Conference Centre, Mareham Lane, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7JP
Limited to 10 places only
Who is this modelling skills workshop for?
Anyone interesting in building scale models of cars and vehicles – especially suitable for anyone new to, or inexperienced with, making and finishing car models. Also, anyone who is returning to the hobby and wants a refresher, especially given the vast range of modelling products and kits now available. Don’t forget, these skills and techniques are also applicable to many other areas of modelling!
What we will be covering?
Christian will be working on the 1:24 scale Tamiya Nissan Skyline R34 GT-RV Spec – 24210 during the day
- Where do I start? – where to start, opening the box and how to get going so that you end up with a successful finished model
- Decisions, decisions, what’s your plan? – getting a clear plan for: body work, chassis and interior – a tried and tested step-by-step approach
- Instruction sheets and booklets – how to get the best out of these and what to follow and what not to follow!
- Materials and tools – for your project – crucial to a successful outcome of your project – plenty of tips and practical advice on this such as what you need and what are nice to have, but not always necessary
- Which are the best kits? A selection of kits will be available to look at and discuss and so do bring your own too and get advice about those
- Primers and paints – recommendations and advice on the different options available: acrylics, enamels and lacquers – advantages and disadvantages of each for different tasks
- Internal detailing – unique features of the interior of any car models. We’ll be covering interior work including: Flocking for carpets, dashboard detailing like buttons and dials etc
- Body shells – how to prepare, paint and finish your model’s body shell such as dealing with mould seam lines and ‘keying’ your body shell. The body shell is arguably the most important and definitely the most visible area of any vehicle model and you want to get it looking good as it’s a real focal point for any car model
- Tyres and wheels – key features, adding smaller details, painting and weathering that make all the difference
- Window trims – how to mask and paint
- Lights and lenses – options and how to tackle these important areas
- Weathering – is this necessary? Tips, hints and techniques for applying weathering to your car models and considering not adding any weathering at all
- Underside weathering – the underside of car models is often overlooked but it can make a real difference to add some quick and easy weathering to enhance this area of your model
- Small details make all the difference – choices for what you can add and how to include these features on your model
- Accessories – scratch build? Buy extras? Both? Lots of tips for how to include extra details; what’s available and where you can get it
- Decals – how and when to apply, or, not at all!
- Reference sources – some great tips for the most useful and cost-effective options available
- Where can I get the stuff I need? Plenty of help and advice on products and outlets to get what you need for all your car models
- Trouble-shooting – Help! plenty of opportunity to get practical help with any questions you have about any of the above and anything to do with your scale modelling hobby.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring along:
- A note pad and pen! There will be lots to take in so bring a pad to jot it all down
- Any model or models to work on – depending on what level or stage you are at? Either a new model kit – we suggest this one: 1:24 Tamiya Nissan Skyline R34 GT-RV Spec – 24210 as Christian will be working on this model during the workshop, showing it and working on 4 separate kits (the same kit) at different stages. Or, you may want to bring along your own model or models at different stages of their build so that you too can practice different skills on the day
- Basic paints for painting and detailing – we suggest: Tamiya acrylics: X-1 Black, X-7 Red, X-10 Gun Metal, X-11 Chrome, X-14 Sky Blue, X-18 Semi-Gloss Black, X-26 Clear Orange, X-27 Clear Red, XF-1 Flat Black, XF-2 Flat White, XF-16 Flat Aluminium and XF-56 Metallic Grey
- Scalpel/craft knife with No. 11 blade plus spare blade
- fine tweezers
- side cutters
- small steel rule
- Tamiya Masking Tape
- black marker pen (fine point such as those from Sharpie)
- small sharp scissors (baby toe nail scissors are good – used for decals)
- small sanding sponges (like the ones from Ultimate Modelling Products, 600-800 grade are good)
- cocktail sticks
- sandwich bag(s)
- paint brushes
- cyano (superglue)
- liquid poly cement like Tamiya Extra Thin Quick setting Cement - PVA glue (or Micro Kristal Klear if you have it, but not necessary)
- Flocking powder/fibre or embossing powder (black or whatever your car carpet/floor covering colour is), readily available from several model supply companies
- Blu-Tack putty
- double-sided tape
- tea bag ball strainer
- lollipop sticks
- plus any other tools that you think will be helpful.
- Dry-brushing brushes (older cut down brushes or made for the job brushes like those available from AMMO)
- Dry-brushing compounds – such as those supplied by AMMO (silver, light grey) or your own product you usually use. Light grey at least is recommended. We will be demonstrating how to use the AMMO bushes and their compound
Any additional information will be available nearer the time but the above is pretty much all you need to know to get the best out of your day with us.
Remember, there are only 10 places available so book your place early – and wouldn’t this make a great Christmas or birthday present!?
In an age where there is a plethora of Techniques and Model Builds available via media channels you still cannot beat ‘hands on’ tuition. The opportunity to see techniques being completed by renowned modeller Aurelio Reale in real time was invaluable.
The Modelling Workshop and venue were excellent and credit to Geoff for organising a great day. The workshop had a nice relaxed atmosphere with plenty of ‘hands on’ practice and feedback from Aurelio. Another benefit with a room full of modellers is the experience and knowledge they also bring to the mix.
Was the day worth it? That has to be a resounding yes.