Scale Modelling Workspace

  • By: Richard
  • Time to read: 3 min.

It’s difficult to say what makes the perfect workspace because everyone has their preferences and opinions. That said, there are certain things that every great workplace should have – such as a comfortable chair with wheels for easy movement around your work table or desk; enough room on either side of you for holding tools while working so they don’t get in your way by hanging off the edge of your table (or worse yet: falling onto someone else); shelves above or below where you’re sitting stocked with commonly used supplies like paints, glue sticks (you never know when one will run out), decals and stamps, etc., providing access without having them clutter up spaces close at hand; good light from natural sources but not too much if it becomes distracting.

Scale modeling is a hobby enjoyed by people of all ages. That’s why we’ve created this list to help you get started and make your space more fun for everyone!

Finding Your Workspace

Finding Your Workspace

While it may be difficult to find a space large enough for your workspace, the most important thing is that you have a flat surface. Tables can come in all shapes and sizes-from outdoor picnic tables to coffee tables or workbench-sized surfaces.

Building a model can be tricky and sometimes messy. You’ll need somewhere to store all your tools, paints, supplies – it’s good to have some space for them! Another important thing you should consider when first setting up is storage – for your toolbox, of course, but also any other items that may come in handy on the build journey ahead.

You’re going to have some sorting fun when you unpack your kits! Beforehand, make sure that you’ve set up the necessary shelves and storage containers. This will ensure an easier time with your scale modeling experience.


Having a computer in your workspace for quick and easy access to digital building instructions, video guides, research materials is an absolute necessity. Some people are content with researching on their smartphones or tablets, but having the ability to view these things on a larger screen can make all of this easier.

If you’re planning on airbrushing your models, now’s the time to make room for a spray booth. In addition, having your workspace near an open window is highly recommended if possible.

The Right Light

The Right Light

It can be difficult to find the perfect workspace, but it’s worth taking your time and settling on a space that you’ll enjoy every day. This might mean having tons of natural light pouring in from a nearby window or skylight for some people. And while those are great options for anyone who doesn’t have them available, they’re not any good if you don’t happen to work near one!

If that sounds like what’s happening with your office situation, then maybe investing in an overhead lamp is right up your alley as well as another type of lighting fixture: A magnifying desk lamp will provide bright direct light without blinding yourself due to its large size and also has the benefit of being able to see small details better thanks to its handy magnification.

Top Scale Modelling Tools

It is important to have all of your tools handy when you’re going through the build process for a scale model. So what are some essential items you should keep on hand:

  • Large cutting mat
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft or hobby knives
  • Steel rule
  • Modelers saw
  • Snip scissors
  • Side cutter pliers
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Sandpaper and emery boards
  • Modeling putty

Extra Scale Modelling Accessories

If you’re looking to take your model building to the next level, there are a few more tools that may come in handy:

  • Airbrush
  • Power drill
  • Lead pencils
  • Clamp or vice


So, there you have it – our top tips for creating a successful scale modelling workspace. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be well on your way to crafting beautiful models with ease.

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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