What is Scale Modeling?

Are you new to the hobby and don’t know where to start, or just don’t understand what Scale Modeling is in the first place? Then you’ve come to the right place! We have all the basic information lined up for you.

A scale model is simply a smaller representation of a normal object. As a hobby, scale modelling is the act of assembling, painting, and displaying a model kit. Model kits contain the parts, instructions, and decals (which are similar to stickers) necessary to complete the build, but they do not include tools and paint. Kits are commonly available for all sorts of subjects – cars, trucks, trains, airplanes, tanks, military vehicles and weapon systems, ships, figures, spacecraft, buildings, science fiction.

Finescale Modeler magazine published a great four-part series that further explains how to get started with scale modelling (presented with permission from Finescale Modeler, © 2014 Kalbach Publishing Co.).


Here are a few great sources for inspiration and information:

Want to learn more?

ASM wants to help you develop your scale modeling skills! We meet once a month to show off our latest builds, share tips and tricks, and talk about models. Feel free to come by see what it’s all about.

Interested in becoming an ASM member? Click here.

Want to know where and when we meet? Click here.

Want to see some cool model pictures from ASM members? Click here.

Want to ask us questions about scale modeling or ASM? Click here.

Hobby Proz

In the Albuquerque area? Visit Hobby Proz for everything you need to build your models – paint, kits, tools, supplies, and expertise. Ask for Brian.