A curbside kit is usually an automotive kit that does not include complete engine
detail. Basically a simplified kit since the manufacture did not want to add the detail
since they thought the builder wouldn't want it or they wanted to save on production
A small scene made up with several models and often to reproduce a historical
moment. Mostly used by military modellers but occasionally used by other modellers as
When modellers refer to 'drybrushing', they mean to lightly apply paint to the
raised detail on a part. Drybrushing is intended to accentuate the surface details of the model. Dryrushing can be done with any colour, but is
typically done with the same colour, but lightened a bit by mixing in some white or grey.
Ejector pin marks
These are small round depressions usually found on the back of plastics parts.
They are caused by a pin in the injection moulding machine that is used to push the hot
plastic sprues out of the mould.
Thin pieces of plastic protruding from a mould line of poor fitting moulds when
the plastic was injected into the mould
A kit that contains parts made of various materials not commonly associated with
an injection plastic kit. For example, a multimedia kit might contain
die-cast metal, resin
and photo etched parts. This is because each material is better suited for a specific
Out of Production (OOP)
A kit that is out of production and can be very difficult to find. Maybe only
through a kit collector.
Out of the box (OOTB)
A kit that was built with no aftermarket accessories added to it.
Photo etched parts (PE)
These are parts that are chemically etched into a thin piece of brass or
stainless steel. Mostly used by the more skilled models to add extra fine detail to a
model or to correct inaccurate details provide in the kit.
Eduard is a manufacturer of
photo etched sets and they have a "How To" page that is very helpful.
These kits are usually 100% styrene plastic. There may be the odd metal, vinyl or
rubber part, but are still consider plastic kits.
A kit that was out of production but the manufacturer decided to produce more.
Most of the larger plastic model companies will usually re-issue kits sooner or later.
Except in cases where there have been licensing disagreements or it was a 'Limited
A modeller that is obsessed with their model being exactly like the 1:1 subject.
Problem is, when you scale down something compromises have to be made and some people
This is the ratio of the model as compared with the life size object. If a model
is 1/25 scale, every inch on the model represents 25 inches on the real object. The
scale used for a model depends on the subject being modelled.
||1/32, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144
||1/35, 1/48, 1/72 and 1/76
||1/6, 1/8, 1/9 and 1/12
||1/12, 1/20, 1/24 and 1/25
||No uniform scale
||1/350 and 1/700
|Street Cars and Trucks
||1/12, 1/16, 1/24 and 1/25
To make parts needed from raw materials.
The 'trees' that hold the kit parts.
When modellers refer to applying a 'wash', they mean applying a heavily thinned
paint. Usually around ten parts thinner and one part paint (10:1). The wash is
intended make the paint collect in recesses in the parts and help highlight