Skill levels are important when considering which type and category of kit to purchase. Level 1 is a kit where the pieces just snap together and generally don’t need to be painted or glued. Level 2 will mean some glueing or painting and level 3 involves much smaller parts with more detail, that will also need to be painted and glued. Levels 4 and 5 are designed for those with more experience as they have intricate sections.
Types of Models
Some people like to specialise in a particular type of model. This could be model planes or cars. Some enthusiasts like to build models that commemorate different events in history. People might want to make models out of matchsticks, or they might want to opt for live steam models. They might want to make model figures rather than objects.
Models by Material
It is also possible to categorise model kits by the type of materials that are used in them. Most kits are made from white metal or pewter, or they are made from a type of plastic known as resin. These kits are available across all skill levels. These are usually cast models and will require a little bit of preparation.
Plastic kits are also available and this is a form of polystyrene. Many model enthusiasts opt for this type of kit because they are fairly easy to build as they have quite a precise fit. However, these are quite detailed kits and do require a little bit of experience as they can be a bit overwhelming for the beginner.
Hand-built models are artisan produced and these are often only available in a limited number. You could buy the model in pieces but you could also buy the finished version if you do not wish to put it together yourself.