Just as everything we do in life has different levels of mastery, so it is the same for model car kits. There are a total of five skill levels. Although, two of them can somewhat fit into one snug skilled level. These levels are determined by the detail that is applied to the models that you are trying to create. Read on to find which skilled level you are at!
Defining the First Level
The first level is for beginners. Most beginners have to stay at this level for about a month or two, depending on how many models you create. With these models, they are already painted for you. So, there's no need to get yourself dirty. The basic idea of these models is learning how things go together. Most of these, you just sort of snap the pieces into place. If you were anything like how I was when I began, you just thought one piece could fit anywhere. You knew the car had a front and a back, and four wheels. They use the method of peeling the decals and placing them on, rather than the ones where you have to use water. According to most websites, these kits are for young ones, or for those who haven't done models in a while.
Level Two Models
The second level is different in a few ways. This level is recommended for those over the age of ten. Most of them come as plain white pieces; so, on this level; you do begin to start painting. Here, they tell you how many parts are in the box, and this adds more detail. This is also the level where glue will be needed. There are also what are called waterslide decals, which are more life-like.
Level three is about as hard as levels four and five. There are more versions of the model than just the ones that the company illustrates, so don't be alarmed if there are more parts in the box than what the instructions tell you about. Another thing they add to these kits is color schemes. You mix colors and so forth beginning in this level. Don't attempt this skill if you are not familiar with the basics, because let's face it, you're only wasting your money.
The Top Levels
Levels four and five are put together. This is the level that you begin tinkering with the engine and putting details on the inside as well. The higher the level you go, the more work you'll be putting into it. All of the levels have some sort of age limit. Yet, this is just what they think is appropriate to begin using the kit. It takes into account the fumes from the glue, paint etc., the skill involved in each level, and so on. What it all boils down to though is how comfortable you feel with what you are doing. Some people get it really easily, so they fly by skill levels one and two; While some remain on level one just to be sure they have the basics down pat before they move into greater detail. Just find what level you feel you are ready to handle. Don't think too big.