All of us who build scale models know very well what are the benefits of this great hobby. But we can not be fooled by the “good feeling”, happiness of doing this hobby and do not pay attention to some safety details. This hobby involves cutting tools, cutters, glue, paints, solvents, small parts and even some electrical equipment or power tools. So, we always have to remember the danger of handling these tools and take proper care. So, let’s see some tips on “surviving” the hobby 🙂
If you are using a hobby knife, choose one with a rounded handled. Therefore, they won’t roll over the table and fall on you (your leg or foot). If you possess the tool has a rounded shape, put an adhesive tape around and join the two ends, creating some sort of an obstacle.
Whenever you discard used blades, wrap them in some kind of tape or put them between pieces of cardboard. Remember that you also must protect the one who removes and disposes our trash.
Safety Goggles and Power Tools
Always wear safety glasses (or eyes protection) when cutting or handling small parts or using power tools to sand model parts. Small parts or fragments can jump into your eyes during sanding or cutting or even when you try to grab a small part with tweezers, and then cause major problems to your health.
If children are practicing this hobby, always supervise their work and do not leave them alone to handle power tools and chemicals.
Always take care of yourself and your kids when practicing your hobby. It costs nothing to take some precautions and always be alert. A safety goggle, for example, is really not expensive and can be found in any hardware store.
I started building my kits when I was just a kid. Now, I’m focused on small scale airplanes and dioramas. I also an IT guy so I’m trying to put together my passion for building new things and the tecnology for sharing my achievements through this web site.