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Dad Gift Ideas for Scale Model Builders

10 things scale hobbyists need for Father’s Day
Father’ Day is almost here, and it can be tricky to figure out what to buy. To help you decide what to buy, we rounded up a list of our favorite products from the Kalmbach Hobby Store, that Dads who build scale models will like.
Contest Cars 2019
$12.99 - $18.99

Year after year, Contest Cars is the one issue the best modelers want to be in. And now your dad can see ALL the best builds we could find. It's like walking each show floor without actually being there! 399+ of the best models, including muscle cars, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles, and more. 25+ regional, national, and international shows featured with bigger photos and better detail!

Modeler’s Tool Box: Fine Scale Modeling – Getting Started

This all-new Getting Started - Modeler’s Tool Box contains everything needed to build a spectacular scale model. Curated by Aaron Skinner of FineScale Modeler, each box contains premium quality tools and materials from the hobby’s top brands, including Airfix, Humbrol, Excel, Xuron, and more! This tool box is perfect for Dad’s who are new to scale modeling, because Aaron will guide them through every step of the project. 

How to Build Brick Cars

Is your dad a scale modeler, car enthusiast or LEGO lover? How to Build Brick Cars presents an array of detailed LEGO designs for sports, muscle and race cars while incorporating automotive engineering concepts. With a variety of projects ranging in skill level and age, fathers can complete weekend projects alone or with their kids. Vivid, easy-to-follow instructions are provided along with an appendix detailing parts and build components.
Subscriptions to Finescale Modeler and Scale Auto magazine

A subscription to FineScale Modeler magazine, Scale Auto magazine, or both is the perfect Dad’s day gift! FSM and Scale Auto offer the best modeling advice from the world’s top modelers and give subscribers everything they’ll need to build the best models.

Haynes manuals (Ferrari)

Offering a unique perspective into what makes a Ferrari a Ferrari, this Haynes manual offers a rare insight into 15 iconic engines.  Give your dad access to never-seen-before photographs of engine internal components and a chronological tour of the icon's engine-building history. This is a must-have for modelers and Ferrari enthusiasts alike.

Haynes manuals (Ford GT40) 

Built by Ford as a challenge to Ferrari at Le Mans, the first GT40 raced in 1964 and went on to win four times in a row from 1966 to 1969. This Haynes Manual offers a unique insight into the engineering and construction of the GT40, as well as detailed information on what it takes to own, restore and maintain this legendary car. Filled with diagrams, detailed photos of parts, and images of restorations in progress, it's a must-have for anyone looking to model this renowned vehicle.

Haynes manuals (Tiger Tank)

Does your dad love to model World War II tanks? This guide is designed to mimic an owner’s manual. It contains blueprints, mechanic processes, photos, and personal accounts of the tank’s crewmen.

Modeling Aircraft Book

If your dad loves Modeling Aircraft, then this book of photo-driven how-to projects is the perfect gift for him. Inside this all-new book are tips and techniques for finishing, masking, using cast resin parts, working with photo-etch metal parts and more. Whether your dad is a beginner or an expert modeler, he will appreciate this book.

Super deluxe knife set

You can’t go wrong with giving your dad this super deluxe knife set. This knife set has been designed to accommodate the needs of both the beginner and professional scale modeler. 

The new Tank books for FSM (TANKART 1 German Armor)

TANKART 1 German Armor showcases models, Befehls Panther G, Tiger I Initial, Sd.Kfz 251/22 Pakwagen, Hetzer, and Panzer IV DAK at their best. The 3rd Edition printing introduces two models that provide greater expansion on the TA1 conversations. The first model is a winterized 1/35 scale 10.5sm Sturmhaubitze 42 and the second is 1/35 scale Panzer IV mit 88mm. The Technique Chapters also now features the latest techniques such as the Hair Spray Technique, Oil Paint Rendering and Technique Proficiency. TANKART 1 German Armor provides detailed photography as each technique is applied and is full of learning content meant to inspire readers as they work on their own scale modeling projects.


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