Model making
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What is it?

  • Making models can range from the simple assembly according to a manual of pre-designed kits of aircraft, cars or ships, to the creation from scratch of models of buildings, machines or other artifacts.  

  • Model makers use a wide variety of materials;  in addition to the more obvious metal, plastic and wood work, there are highly complex models created from match sticks (eg ships in bottles), shells and stones.  

  • Textile models such as soft toys are included under other textile crafts.  

  • Some kinds of model making (aircraft, boats, soldiers, etc) are linked to other hobbies or interest in local or national history.

Find out more


Airfix Collectors Club
Airfix Models

See also organisations for model enthusiasts under miscellaneous hobbies.


See magazines for model enthusiasts under miscellaneous hobbies.

Getting started

  • Find a local model making group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of model making.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Simple model making is easy to take up, especially if you have some instructions, and models can be made by people of all ages and both sexes. 

  • Most people make their models at home as an activity on their own.  

  • Some belong to groups of enthusiasts, especially where the model making reflects a wider interest such as flying model aircraft, sailing boats or enthusiasm for old cars.

Equipment or clothing
  • Materials with which to make the model are essential, together with tools for cutting and shaping, glues and paints and other decorative products.  

  • Pre-prepared kits are an easy way to get started (see eg Airfix above).

A place or facilities
  • A modest space on a table at home is all that is really needed. 

  • Some enthusiasts may have special studios or workshops.

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