How To Make Model Planes – Epic Guide

  • By: Richard
  • Date: August 7, 2022
  • Time to read: 9 min.

Do you want to learn how to make a model plane? If so, this article has all the information you need! We will go over what materials are needed and why they are important. We’ll also talk about where to buy these items and answer any questions that may come up along the way. Ready? Let’s get started!

What Do You Need To Make A Model Plane?

The kit will come with everything you need to make the model, including decal sheets for painting and detailed instructions on how to assemble it.

Tools needed include hobby knives, files, sandpaper blocks, tweezers, scissors (for trimming wires), pliers (such as needle-nose), wire cutters/strippers, a small screwdriver set, and pins for assembly may be included in some kits too. It’s best if these items are all metal due to safety issues when working around electricity, such as paint fumes from solvents being near your project.

Some people also like using clamps which can be used to hold parts together while they glue them together with epoxy, and clamps can also be used to hold pieces in place while they paint them.

You will need:

A kit or plan and tools (hobby knives, files, sandpaper blocks, tweezers, scissors for trimming wires, pliers such as needle-nose) wire cutters/strippers), small screwdriver set, and pins for assembly may come with some kits too. It’s best if these items are all metal due to safety issues when working around electricity, such as paint fumes from solvents being near your project.

  • You can use clamps to clamp parts together while gluing them with epoxy or holding pieces in place while painting them.
  • Masking tape is another great tool that people like to keep paint from getting on other model parts.
  • Some people like using water-based paints, and some like to use alcohol or solvent-based paints, but if you are allergic to a certain type, it is best not to use that kind.

Hobby Knife

Hobby knife sets are the best way to have all of your cutting needs at hand. They come with a variety of blades that will be useful for model making and other crafts.

There are many different types and sizes available, so you can choose one that is perfect for what you need it for without worrying about whether or not they’ll accommodate your project’s size and shape requirements. A hobby knife set also includes scissors, scalpels, utility knives, linoleum cutters, and more! This ensures that no matter how intricate or delicate your craft may seem, there is an appropriate tool included in this kit, so you don’t have to go hunting through stores looking for just the right item before starting on any projects from your imagination!

Most sets come with a carrying case that includes everything from wire cutters to blades and more. This is not only useful for convenience but also because it will keep the contents of your kit organized so you can find them easily when needed.

Plastic Model Cement (Glue) Or Super Glue

In most cases, you will need to use glue to hold your model together. One of the most common glues for this purpose is either plastic model cement or super glue. If you are unsure which one would be best suited to your project, it may be wise to check with an expert at the store before buying anything and risk wasting time later on when something doesn’t work out as planned!

Sand Paper Of Various Grits

Sandpaper is a must-have for any model maker. It can create everything from scratches and scuffs in the paint finish to smoothing out rough or jagged edges on plastic pieces.

There are many different types available, so you must choose one with an appropriate grit rating depending on your specific needs. Of course, this will depend heavily upon the size of your project as well! If you need something more heavy-duty, then make sure to select sandpaper with a higher grit, while if you’re looking for a quick touch up then smaller papers will do nicely.

It should also go without saying that you’ll want these items first before starting ANYTHING since they are necessary tools for finishing when modeling.

Paint Brushes

Paint brushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some have thick bristles with a wide, flat head, while others are thin and pointed.

The type you choose will depend on your project and the level of detail it should show, which is why these items go hand-in-hand with sandpaper! The thickness of the brush can be used to create new details on your model or touch up ones that were done previously when a painting isn’t working out for you, no matter how hard you try.

Make sure they’re made from natural materials such as hog hair because acrylic paint dries quickly (and thus could ruin synthetic laden material). Natural fibers also trap air bubbles better than synthetics do, so this is when you paint more smoothly.

Spray Primer (For Acrylic Paints)

Spray primer is a must-have for acrylic paint. This will keep the finish on your project looking smooth and even no matter how often you touch up or repaint it. It’s elementary to use as well! Just apply the spray in a light, uniform coat to any area that needs touching up – be sure not to oversaturate if necessary so that there are still some dry areas left behind before spraying again.

Apply more than one coat until the desired effect has been achieved, then let them dry completely before applying any other coats of paint over the top (or they might smudge). Finally, once all layers have dried, take sandpaper and lightly go across surfaces with dusting motion which removes excess bits from brushstrokes because this can make the project look old and unprofessional.

Paint (Can Be Applied With An Airbrush, Spray Paint, Or A Brush)

The type of artwork or purpose you will be using this paint for should always come first when deciding which one is best suited! If it’s just basic touch-ups, then acrylic paints may work well, but if you want more detail and depth, then watercolor might be better (though there are mixed reviews on these as they often require various skill levels). Automotive paints with tiny particle sizes would be ideal for cars where accuracy and precision are key.

It goes without saying that any project requires an airbrush because spray cans can create drips because of the sudden pressure they release.

Magnifying Glass (Optional)

Magnifying glasses are great for any artist and can make a big difference in the quality of your work. Model makers often use them to get more detail on their smaller items, but they’re also useful for those just looking at the paint job or trying to see how well it was applied on top.

While this is an optional item that you may not find necessary, having one around will help when painting with finer details! If you want something small enough to carry around, then choose a pocket-sized magnifier – otherwise, try getting one that’s wall-mounted so that it takes up less space (which is especially important if you have a limited working room).

Paint Thinner/Brush Cleaner (At Local Hobby Shop)

Paint thinners and brush cleaners are often used to clean brushes after use. You must get the correct type for your project as they can remove paint or ruin them if not!

Acrylic paints require a different cleaner than watercolor because each one carries specific materials with them. Using the wrong solution will cause trouble when creating something new on top of what was already there.

If you’re taking care of acrylics, try using an odorless dish soap but never go over 12% thinner (anything more might damage the bristles)! Acrylic-based paint also requires a quick rinse to keep from drying out, so make sure all traces have been removed before hanging up your tools – otherwise, when you start working again, the paint will flake off.

It’s also important to note that thinner and brush cleaners should never be mixed because it can cause a chemical reaction that could ruin your brushes or create splatters!

Which Plane To Build?

Which Plane To Build?



Every project requires its own set of supplies, and it’s important to know what you’ll be building before going out in search of them. The best place to start is by looking at some pictures or videos online (or even asking someone) because this will give you a better idea of the size, shape, and materials needed.

After this, your next step should be choosing either an aircraft body kit or plans – whichever suits your needs more! Aircraft kits are great if you’re starting without too much experience, but they come pre-painted, so there won’t be any room for customization unless desired beforehand. On the other hand, plans can offer something unique every time, making them a perfect choice for those who want fast results.

If you’re starting with model planes, it’s recommended to start simple and work your way up! The best thing about this is that the skills will carry over, so when tackling more difficult projects later on down the line, they’ll be easier because of what was learned before.

Kits are a great option for beginners, but if you want something that can offer new challenges every time, then plans might be better suited to those who want to challenge themselves – or want different results each time instead of always getting pre-made ones like kits to have (though these too come in handy!).

Find And Follow The Instructions

Find And Follow The Instructions

Before starting a new project, it’s important to read through the instructions carefully. If you’re working with something else, then make sure that this is mentioned in there to know if anything needs special treatment or tools!

If not, try looking up tutorials on YouTube, as these usually have videos for every single step, which can be very helpful for beginners and those who need extra help while learning. It might also require some trial-and-error but don’t give up because even experts had to start somewhere too – nobody knows everything at once!

Cockpit Comes First

It can be frustrating to put time and effort into your project, but it cannot work right. You can avoid this by doing the cockpit first so that if something goes wrong with it, the rest doesn’t have any problems. The last thing anyone would want in an expensive model airplane kit is to pull apart their plane just because they made one mistake when building!

What’s In A-Frame?

An A-frame is a great choice for those who want to build multiple planes that are similar in size. These frames come with everything you need and even have instructions on the inside of each one, making them an easy solution if you’re unsure where to begin!

People often use these when they plan on making more than one or some that are very close in size, but they’re not a perfect solution if you want something more customized. The benefit of an A-frame is that it makes everything easier and quicker with less time spent on cutting or finding the pieces themselves – which can be quite difficult for those who don’t know how to work well with their hands!

Fuselage And Finishing Touches

The last step to actually build the plane is when you begin working on the fuselage. This can be made of various materials, including balsa, cardstock paper, or foam board. Still, it’s best to know which one will work for your project beforehand because they won’t always come with this information!


Conclusion paragraph: This blog post is a good place to look if you want some ideas for your next model airplane project. We hope that this list has given you the information and inspiration needed to make something amazing! What are your thoughts? Did we miss anything important or have any incorrect info? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks so much for reading our article on what you need to make a model plane!



Hi! I'm Richard Baker, a miniature painter who has been painting for about ten years. My website is packed with great advice that I've learned from both books and personal experience on building and painting miniatures.

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