Model Military Vehicles
Model military vehicles are collected either on their own or as part of role-play gaming or simply as a collection of war models. These are scale replicas of tanks or armoured vehicles and they can be built from many different materials, the most common being styrene plastic, machined metals or resin castings.
Hobbyists choose to build a variety of different models and tanks and armoured fighting vehicles appear to be extremely popular especially when entered into model contests. Model makers tend to concentrate on vehicles from the First and Second World War and also modern military vehicles. Finished models are sometimes displayed without a base although those with bases tend to have scaled scenery to match which reflects the setting of the vehicle.
There are kits available for model military vehicles and they usually consist of parts, instructions and a sheet of markings. It is important that the instructions are followed implicitly so that the model is put together correctly.
Models which are built 'out of the box' only use those materials which are contained within, there are also custom kits which more advanced modelers may choose and there are also scratch built where the model enthusiasts create their vehicle from sheet plastic themselves, there is no kit available for these.
There are organisations which were started to help support the model military vehicle hobby and as with most hobbies, there is a vast amount of information available so that complete beginners can get started quickly. There may be local hobby clubs but failing this, accessing information initially can come from the internet or purchase books which are suitable for beginners.
This is a hobby which can be done on an individual basis however; it is also one where the whole family may like to get involved. Ask around and you may be surprised just how many people are involved in model making and may have a great collection of model military vehicles on display.