How to Build Dragon Models

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How to Build Dragon Models. Dragons have fascinated people around the world and across countless cultures for thousands of years. Legendary creatures, dragons have been symbols of strength, pride, power and fear. Even today dragons continue to be popular in many forms, including tattoos and collectibles. Dragon models are available for the artistic minded, and they can be great fun to build.

Build Dragon Models

Separate the different dragon model elements from the sprue (a sprue is the bit of plastic that holds the different pieces together for easy packaging and easy finding). Metal pieces will not be on a sprue. It is easiest to remove elements from the sprue using wire cutters or a hobby knife.

Use the files to remove any flash or edges that were left behind during the manufacturing process. This ensures you get both the best bond between joints, as well as the cleanest lines. Eliminating the press edges also helps keep the illusion of reality for the model.

Drill holes into joints in need of strengthening and insert metal pins to help support the weight of the different elements. It's important that you drill both elements on the same line or the pin will have to bend, compromising its strength.

Apply glue to each element wherever it is going to be joined. Do not overdo it or you run the risk of getting details covered by glue.

Press and hold elements together while the glue forms its initial bond. Quick-dry glue will usually set within 1 to 2 minutes. Clip pieces together to support them while they dry, or place them in a position where there is no stress on the joints.

Complete certain elements separately from the main body. For example, if there is a model rider for your dragon, consider completing it separately and then adding it last.

Tip

Choose a dragon model made of plastic when you first begin learning how to build them. Plastic is easier to handle and simpler to glue because of how light the pieces are. Combination models (plastic/pewter) are also good for beginners since the metal is often used at the points where strength is necessary.

Warning

Be very careful when using some of the tools required to build dragon models. Hobby knives are sharp and pin vices can be dangerous if you poke yourself with one. Always supervise children when you allow them to build dragon models. Always allow glue the time it needs to fully set before you begin applying stress to the joints. Failure to do so can weaken the model and compromise its ability to stand on its own once complete.