Give  any aviation enthusiast a miniature or large scale aircraft model, and in no time you’ll see them swooning and sighing in utmost content.


Airplane models are small, or large sized unmanned aircrafts, which are the replica of an existing or imaginary aircraft. These may either be flying, or non flying (also called “static,” or “display,” which can only be put on shelves). Some examples of flying aircraft models are simple toy gliders (made of foam polystyrene to powered scale models made from balsa wood, plastic, carbon fiber, etc.) 


On the other hand, static models are the “mass-produced” items in white metal or plastic. These static models are known to have highly accurate and detailed models, as it is widely used for displays in museums, and other important places.



It is worth noting that the conceptualization, creation, and production of such airplane models takes a lot of time and effort. The professionals responsible for completing airplane models are called model makers.


Generally, model makers are those who create three-dimensional representation of designs or concepts. Before products are mass-produced, and put into development, they first take form as a model. A model may be an exact duplicate (prototype), or a simple design of a general concept. 

Just like esteemed surgeons, model makers have a steady hand and an impeccable attention to detail. They all think that one mistake could ruin everything. One simple airplane model (small-sized) can take more than 400 hours of build time fabrication. 

Creating an airplane model


The job of creating and airplane models should be left to the professionals, unless, the individual doing it is interested and has a passion in model making. It involves a high level of craftsmanship not everyone can simply pull off.


However, general consumers are still given the opportunity to create their own models with DIY kits. It is relatively easier, with less pieces, and a less complicated process. These DIY airplane models usually come with a step-by-step instruction sheet, especially if these kits are just for beginners.


Here are the steps on how to make a good airplane model:


  • Buy an airplane model kit. Some stores sell models for those who would want to do it themselves. Before starting, it is best if one could already search for the products available nearby the place, or even online, and check for models that you like. It may seem “the same,” but some models are actually easier to build than other. For example, combat aircrafts are more difficult, as it requires different camouflage patterns (for airbrush).


  • Take time to read. Once you’ve bought an airplane model kit, make sure to read the instructions THOROUGHLY, especially if it’s your first time. Some are packaged with paint schemes and parts, but some kits require additional materials you should get yourself. Read the instructions and make sure you understand each line before assembly.


  • Decide on the elements. Some airplane model kits have weapon racks, and vehicles for maneuvering the aircraft on the ground. Do you want it? Or do you want to get rid of it? These elements may be useful, but may also be inappropriate based on your airplane’s configuration. Make sure you have a clear diorama, and a definitive list of materials to help you prepare for its assembly.


  • Decide on the order of assembly. Some people take the “step-by-step” instruction very seriously. While most model kits have laid out all the instructions on the beginning and end, it may be optional. The installation of some airplane parts may inhibit (immediately) the installation of other parts. This is where the importance of reading the instructions comes in. Assembling the aircraft should first be done in your head, before doing it in actual. And of course, before you put the pieces together, be sure to clean all the parts and check if there are dusts, defects, etc., and remove the parts from the sprues using a clean and a small pair of scissors or shears. 


  • Fit in. Now that you’ve done your inspection of the kit, it is now time to assemble. Put the pieces together using glue or the required proper adhesion. It is advised that plastic cement must only be used as conservatively as possible. This is so as to not melt or deform the airplane parts. Check the parts to be put together, fit, adjust, and readhere. Once two parts are glued together, it may be necessary to clamp them together until the glue sets. Do this until you’re finished with your masterpiece! 


  • Paint. Your model would look dull unless you bring it to life with its colors! Paint your airplane model by following the published instructions. Make sure you have a nice brush (not one with exploding bristles) and always paint in one direction. A pro tip is to use a “dry brush” technique by using only a small amount of paint, to achieve the effect of weathering.


Airplane models always look great on shelves. Don’t you think it would be more appealing if you know the model you have on display is made by yours truly? 

Author's Bio: 

ModelWorks Direct provides Large Custom Airplane Models for Tradeshows and Small Desktop Models built from Photographs. Perfect for corporate branding, presentations and the Ultimate gift for any Pilot or aviation enthusiast. Modelworks also fabricates custom Yacht Models, Car Models and Military Models for the Department of Defense. The Senior Partners have over 40+ years of experience in Model Fabrication. Modelworks is your "one-stop-shop" for all your custom model needs.