5 Particular Sets of Hobby Skills You Need to Know



Whether you’re a new or old hobbyist, these are the five particular skills for prepping models that you need to know.

Next Level Painting is here again with more painting tech to help you power though your hobby projects!

Don’t get taken away when hobbying. Today we’re going to show you some great tips for working with your models that you can add to Your hobby arsenal.



Trimming flash is easier when you glue both halves of clamshell parts together.


Plasma coils are easy to de-flash, if you just apply light constant pressure with a hobby blade!


When drilling out gun barrels use a blade OR thumb tack to make a pilot hole for your drill bit.


Attach models to a wine cork for easier handling (and less paint chips)!


Using paint sets or triads of colors already laid out from base to highlights for your projects, saves precious time!

Next Level Painting has your back when it comes to airbrushing. Checkout the full on real time tutorial below from Next level Painting!

5 Particular sets of Hobby Skills You Need to Know

Is Games Workshop Listening? Long War Episode 44

  • Farseerer

    Good luck

  • Commissar Molotov
    • He’s actually right, though he’s not describing the technique well. It’s a combination of light, constant pressure and blade angle, about 30° in the direction you’re moving. Rake the blade gently along the coils; the idea here is that you’ll take off the flash on the tops and one side of the each coil. Then, reverse the gun and repeat to get the other side.

  • Legendary DVDA

    Is this a joke piece? these are awful blade handling techniques.

    • I grant the image for the third tip is a good way to stab yourself, but there are ways to do it safely.

      Pray tell, why are these “awful”?

      • nicklinc

        “I grant the image for the third tip is a good way to stab yourself”

        I think you answered your own question, lol.

        • No, actually, I didn’t. The tip is good, the example shown is poor. We are talking about the former.

      • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

        My Daddy always used to say “work away from yourself when using a tool that could potentially sever nerves, tendons or penetrate your abdominal cavity”.

        • Muninwing

          my dad is a (retired) shop teacher, who still has all of his fingers. and he was pretty adamant about blade safety.

          he’d wince when my mom would be making apple pies, and she’d use the paring knife trick with your thumb as a backstop, because it was so ingrained.

          so yeah… grew up with the “never ever ever cut toward yourself” lesson repeated ad nauseum.

        • And that’s good advice for beginners. As one advances in any craft, however, one will invariably encounter techniques that are “wrong” according to newbie-friendly rules.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            no, its good advice for everyone. If you have to cut towards yourself you are doing it wrong. Put it in a vice, clamp it to a bench, clamp the blade and move the workpiece on an armature, but don’t cut towards yourself.

            I am a musical instrument maker and I know lots of folks, really experienced, who have severed important tendons and nerves because they thought they were above these simple rules, I have done myself at least one nasty injury. Common sense doesn’t change however skilled you are, and there is always another way, just give yourself a second to think about it.