Everyone remembers their first kit but how many of us wish they'd had a little bit of knowledge to get us going. If you're lucky enough to have a local model shop near to you or a friend that's already in the hobby then advice is close at hand. However many of us only have the online route to follow.
So how do we get going? Well we can usually get that information from the kit instructions. Here you will find a list of the tools necessary to complete the build and a colour callout for the paints required. also there will be instruction on how to apply the decals.
The importance of carefully studying the instructions can't be over stressed at this point. You may find the kit you are building has more than one version and you need to choose which one at the start of the build. Parts my be for the left or right side but look very similar once they are cut from the sprue. Tracks are another area where care must be taken to get them on the right side and facing in the right direction. Other parts may require no glue or a different type of glue like Cyanoacrylate (super glue) if there are photo etch parts.
It's also wise to look ahead during construction and see if sections or sub assemblies would benefit from painting before they are glued in place. This is often the case where a vehicle has an interior or skirts covering tracks and wheels.
Although the instructions do inform you of the things you will need it is only the minimum and there are many others which will make your modelling exercise a more pleasurable one. These will be covered in greater detail in the other sections.