Scale Modelling Workspace – Create Your Space


Asking someone what makes the perfect scale modelling workspace is like asking their favourite movie. Everybody is different, and what works for someone may not quite work for someone else. That said, there are some things that every great workspace should have. Things that are universal for all scale modellers, regardless of age or experience. Read on to see what we think makes a great scale modelling workspace, and take your space to the next level!


Finding your workspace

This one is obvious, but the first thing you need to lock in when planning your scale modelling workspace is a flat surface, large enough to fit all your model parts and tools. That could be a desk, a workbench, a coffee table, or an outdoor picnic table. Another important thing to consider when first setting up is storage – for your tools, for your parts, for your paints, and for any other items you may need on your build journey. Keeping your space tidy will make your scale modelling experience that much smoother. So before you unpack your kits, make sure you’ve set up the necessary shelves and storage containers to keep everything in order. One last thing to consider is space for a laptop computer or desktop. Having a computer in your workspace gives you quick access to digital build instructions, as well as video guides and other research for your model.

If you’re planning on airbrushing your models, now’s a good time to make space for a spray booth. In addition, having your workspace near a window is highly recommended.


The right light

Once you’ve settled on where you’ll be building, the next thing you’ll want to set up is your lighting. Ideally, your workspace will be near a window or have a skylight above to provide regular natural light. But if that’s not an option for you, then you’ll want a space with excellent overhead lighting as well as a lamp for additional lighting. Another great option is a magnifying lamp, which provides bright direct lighting and a magnifying glass for putting together those trickier small parts.


Top scale modelling tools

We’ve prepared a more extensive list of tools in our scale model tools guide, but here’s a quick overview of the top tools you should have nearby:

  • Large cutting mat
  • Paint brushes
  • Craft or hobby knives
  • Steel rule
  • Modeller’s saw
  • Snip scissors
  • Side cutter pliers
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Sandpaper and emery boards
  • Modelling putty


If you’re building an RC scale model, check out our RC car tool kit!


Extra scale modelling accessories

In addition to the above essential scale modelling tools, here are a few more you can add to take your model building to the next level:

  • Airbrush
  • Power drill
  • Lead pencils
  • Clamp or vice

And if you’re feeling particularly innovative, here are some household items that you can use or repurpose for all your scale modelling needs:

  • Cotton swabs
  • Old rags
  • Tin foil
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber bands
  • Clothes pegs
  • Jar lids
  • Zip lock bags
  • Toothpicks
  • Cotton buds


Every scale modelling workspace is different, and should be designed to fit your own personal needs and requirements. The above advice is designed as a jumping off point – the specifics of your workbench and space are up to you! What does your workspace look like? Are there any things missing that you can add? Share your scale model workspace on social media and tag #modelspacecommunity – we love seeing and sharing all the different setups!