FAQ TIPS, HINTS & ESSENTIAL PRO-HOBBY TOOLS!

GLUE

Q. What sort of glue do you recommend?

I personally really like Gorilla brand wood glue. It is really good stuff and only needs to be held with a bit of pressure for a minute or two, so I tend to use masking tape for a trial run first off. Another really good one is one in a bright yellow bottle - 502 wood glue I think it was called. The gorilla brand also has a reduced clod nozzle design which I am quite fond of.

PAINT

Q. What type of paint would you recommend, and do I need to use a primer?

The wood grain is best supressed using thicker paints. As relatively small quantities are required and often an array of standard and more heritage colours may be fitting, I personally find using emulsion tester pots a great way to go - the thick colours help not lift the grain too much and a super light sandind of any priming coats works well.

CONSTRUCTION

Q. Would you recommend painting the interior of the building before glueing it all together?

The recommended method would be to initially lay out all the parts you have and masking tape them together as you go.  Once completed in this manner, start gluing them step by step.  Some parts such as doors and windows will be more difficult to paint once glued into position, these parts are advised to be pre-painted, and their allocated cavities, prior to final construction.

ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE MINI WORKSPACE

Gorilla glue has been my ongoing favourite for putting models together - a little pressure and it gives you a really good hold, overnight and you'll probably never pull it apart at the seam - it is really good stuff.  Coupled with this is an ingenious quick clear nozzel that I can only applaud, no lore sticking pins down the neck of a bottle - I love these!

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THE VERY BEST LITTLE TOOLS

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Prior to my mini table/ bench saw, this was my go-to, and for speed sometimes it still can't be beaten.  Its a quiet and super simple to use desk tool.

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