Ok, you got that kit. You got to have something to hold it together! Now, is there one glue that will bond plastic, resin, alumnuim, etc.? No, not really. The first glue you WILL need is good old Testor's Model Cement. It come in Toxic (Red Tubes), and Non-Toxic (Blue Tube), formulas. It will only bond plastic to plastic, so it will not work on resin. 5-minute epoxy and super glue will work for resin and photo-etch, but whatever you do, DO NOT PUT SUPERGLUE ON CHROME OR CLEAR PARTS! It will leave a impossible to remove white haze. White glue works great for flocking and clear parts.
One of the best tools aside from paint is a good hobby knife. You can get a good one from X-acto at Wal-Mart. Caution! It's very, very sharp! Some other tools include toothpicks, Q-Tips, and good fine tipped paint brushes. You will also need some other paint brushes and a "value pack" of brushes will get you going. A great supplier for tools is Micro-Mark. They have about every tool a modeler can imagine. They are the Sears Christmas catalog for model builders! Sandpaper is a must, espesially if you will do alot of conversion work. Not only will it smmoth out putty and mold lines, it is used to polish. You can get a good polising kit from your hobby shop. As you advance in skill, you likeness for spraypaint will dissapear somewhat, and you will want a good quality airbrush and compressor. Here is some good airbrush manufactors.
Paints & Detailing Supplies
There are good hobby paints on the market from Testors, Tamiya, and more. You will most likely use paint from all of them sometime or another. Most hobby sprays are lacquers, and jars are enamel. Tamiya offers acrylic and lacquer in jar form. Chrome Trim can't get any simpler than BMF (Bare Metal Foil). BMF is a thin, adhesive backed metal sheet. This simple video show you how to apply it.
Next, we will cover the aftermarket companies!
Edited by Mississippi Resins, 30 June 2011 - 01:05 PM.