Buying a model kit for someone is a super gift and we can help you choose what you need if you are not sure on what direction to look. The easiest way to choose is think of the person you are buying for… Perhaps their car in real life is a model kit on our site… Have they mentioned a dream car or bike or they might be a huge military fan… Gismos from electric sanding to RC cars we really have it all. So before progressing think of the person you are buying for and what their interests are.
If you are struggling for inspiration on what to buy we have made a whole section with our most awesome, popular and affordable kits! This can be found here: https://www.kentmodels.co.uk/product-category/xmas/
Why is a model kit a great gift?
As well as a great gift in their own right they also serve as a superb time-passer with the potential of hours of relaxing fun to be had while at home, while being very therapeutic. Modelling is an amazing gift as not only do we have some awesome kits but you have something to build and hopefully for the young ones, create a new and fabulous hobby away from the Xbox which teaches them manual skills and creativity. It really is a joy and for most, something that they will do forever.
We have hundreds of kits to choose from here on our website including all the tools, paints, equipment and accessories to build them, we have absolutely everything you need. Everything listed in our store is in stock and we pride ourselves on good service and quick shipping that you can trust even at Christmas time. We have a strict 1-day handling time and use a 1–2-day courier service that we have a great relationship with. We are a small family business so you can buy with absolute confidence knowing you can speak with us to ensure you get the right kit and in good time (even if you are last minute shopping)!
Gifts for first timers / buying for someone who has the real vehicle:
Start with our search function at the top of the website, put in the name of the car or make and our search will bring up anything we may have that is related to that make. You can also use the main menu – we have cars, bikes, trucks and so much more, keep scrolling through everything.
Each kit requires assembly with glue and require painting. There are a small number of kits that already come painted or don’t require glue and they will say that if so – if it doesn’t say that they will need glue and paint.
All kits come with picture instructions for assembly. As a reasonable guide we say that our kits are suitable for ages 8+ really but with adult supervision given the glue, paints and knives required but it’s a great way of working with your children together at the dinner table making a kit.
TOP TIP: Some customers buy just the model kit which is great but if you plan to give it is as a gift and wish for them to assemble it then the minimum you will also need is glue or they won’t be able to build it until they shop for some – it’s disappointing to receive a great model but learn that you’ll need to wait to do anything with it as it didn’t come with glue so make sure you remember to add some to your basket. You’ll find glue here: https://www.kentmodels.co.uk/product-category/tools-glues-paint/assembling-your-kit/glue-assembly-products/
*One jar of glue is enough to build multiple kits*
If you want to make a really cool gift, we have taken the hard work out of it for you by putting together our novice starter assembly kit which features all the basic glue, brushes and tools you’ll need to assemble any kit we sell – this makes it very easy for you if you are unsure what else to buy with the kit – just add that to your basket with your chosen kit and you are covered – they can unwrap the present and get building. These can be found here: https://www.kentmodels.co.uk/product/complete-novice-starter-assembly-bundle-choose-a-kit-buy-this-to-make-it-recommended-saving/
Paints are a good cheap addition to the gift:
We sell all and any of these options. To make it easy, on the kit product page we have listed the paint codes you need in order to paint the car exactly as the manufacturer describes. These are listed as ‘H’ numbers which relate to My Hobby brand paints and ‘X’ numbers for Tamiya brand paints. Each kit instructions also list this information should you wish to buy them later. You can use either brand paints.
TOP TIP: The most popular way to paint a kit is to buy a can of aerosol to paint the main body colour and then a few 10ml jar paints to brush paint the smaller parts and details.
Modelling paint is different from other automotive paints in aerosols as it is much finer to ensure you don’t flood the details so be sure to use modelling aerosols – we sell either Mr Hobby or Tamiya.
If you are unsure if your recipient will know how to make a model etc, we have a great selection of how-to videos which gives great tips om everything from gluing to paint and more. You can see them here: https://www.kentmodels.co.uk/videos/
If you have any further questions, can’t decide on paints, or anything else that you need to talk to someone about in order for you to make an order, please get in touch, we are here to help you get the right kit and supporting items to give a great gift.
Phone: 01795 581366
Email: [email protected]
Thank you for supporting us and well done for finding the best plastic model shop on the net!