One of the most difficult parts to assembling a plastic model kit is ensuring every piece lines up perfectly. Utilizing the correct cutting and shaping tools throughout the model assembly process will not only provide modelers with a more enjoyable construction experience, but the finished plastic model kit will be much less likely to have unsightly seams where pieces have been bonded to one another. Sprue cutters are one of the most popular cutting tools because they offer the ultimate convenience when removing plastic parts from their sprues. Only a few simple snips are required and there is minimal excess plastic left to clean up.
A hobby knife can be used to scrape paint off of chrome-plated parts for better adhesion while needle files are ideal for cleaning up and smoothing out seams on the smaller pieces. Throughout the assembly process, modelers can also use a set of sanding films to smooth out imperfections on each piece before applying cement. Five grades are available, so even once all of the cement is applied to the plastic model kit, model enthusiasts can use the varying grades of film to eliminate any visible seams. From removing each scale plastic piece from the sprue to eliminating flash and smoothing down seams, using the appropriate cutting and shaping tools will help ensure assembled plastic models look more like scale replicas. We even have a model supplies kit to ensure beginner modelers have what they need for the assembly process.
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