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39 Best Model Kits for Adults in (2023) [14 Popular Categories]

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Let me assure you from the start – you’re in the right place.

Not only do I love building and painting scale models, but I also hate when a kit arrives and it’s not anything near what I expected.

An Overview of The Best Model Kits for Adults

The highest-rated model kits currently on Amazon. Great for adults, or people of any age.

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Model Kit Categories

In this article, we’ll be including a few personal favorites for each of the following types of models. You can click the link below to jump to that section, or just scroll to get more ideas on the kinds of models out there.

  1. Model Car Kits
  2. Model Truck Kits
  3. Semi Truck Model Kits
  4. Model Plane Kits
  5. Model Ship Kits
  6. Model Tank Kits
  7. Engine Model Kits
  8. Star Wars Model Kits
  9. Star Trek Model Kits
  10. Bandai Model Kits
  11. Metal Model Kits
  12. Wood Model Kits
  13. Realistic Castle Model Kits
  14. Architectural Model Kits

Before you dive into the extensive list of model kits I spent countless hours compiling for you, here are some things to consider when choosing your first or next model kit.

  • Brand: Stick with brands that are well known and trusted by modelers (Revell, Tamiya, Hasegawa…)
  • Skill Level: Model kits should all include a skill or difficulty level (1-Easy to 5-Most Difficult). Be sure the model fits your level of comfort or you won’t enjoy the process.
  • Reviews: Reviews can be a great indication of a kit’s quality and can even shed more light on the complexity of the model.
  • Supplies/Tools Required: Is the kit snap-together or will you need glue? Is it already painted or will you need to paint it yourself? Typically, the higher the skill level of the model, the more time and work it will require. But if you’re at all serious about model building, make sure you have some modelers tools on hand.
  • Category: Choosing a model kit that fits your interests is super important since you’ll be putting hours of work into building it. To make this easy, we’ve broken this list of kits down by topic. 

These model kits are best suited for adults because the majority of them require sharp tools (like sprue nippers), toxic cement, and a decent amount of patience. 

Model Car Kits

AMT 1968 Shelby Mustang GT-500, 1:25 Scale

AMT - 1968 Shelby GT500 2T (AMT634M/12)
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Skill Level: 2 (ages 10 and up)
  • Glue assembly, paint required
  • Super-detailed chassis, motor, and interior assemblies
  • Chrome and black vinyl tires
  • Skill level: advanced

Are you a fan of cars? Are you in love with old hot wheels from the 60s and 70s? If not, what’s wrong with you? These are some of the most iconic cars ever built.

For the rest of you, this is the perfect modeling kit for your nostalgia to burst out and take control. Think of this less as an excuse to build 3D models and more as a window into your childhood.

The 1968 Shelby Mustang is the landmark of a time when Ford was known for being the fastest car ever.

This was the time when Ford had outpaced Ferrari at the 24-hour Le Mans in France for two years in a row.

Looking at the label just makes you nostalgic. You can almost smell the paint job and feel the engine purring. Feel free to pop this baby up on the fireplace when you’re done building it.

If you’re completely new to building model cars, this beginner’s guide shows you exactly what you need to get started – everything from what paints are best to use to which tools you’ll need.

TAMIYA 1/24 Toyota Supra Model Kit

TAMIYA 24123 1/24 Scale Sports Car Series Toyota Supra Model Kit (300024123)
  • 1: 24 scale
  • Glue and Paint sold separately
  • Plastic Model Kit-Assembly Required

The Toyota Supra originally hit the car scene in the 1970s as Toyota moved into the specialty car market. 

Many say the Supra was a recreation of the well-known classic, Toyota’s legendary 2000GT sports car.

This model by Timiya, showcases the 93’ Supra (which was loaded with a 3-Liter, DOHC 24 valve, straight six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine, capable of 320 horsepower) in all its glory.

With just 84 pieces, I’d say this is the perfect model for a beginner/intermediate builder.

AMT 1967 Chevy Impala SS (Stock) 1:25 Scale Model Kit

AMT - 1967 Chevy Impala SS (Stock) 2T
  • Accurate Scale Model Kit
  • Retro Packaging
  • Full Colour Decals

When it comes to American Muscle, there are few names more recognizable than the Chevy Impala.

And for classic car nuts (like me) the 67’ Impala is an absolute icon. Add that SS badge onto it and you have complete perfection.

In fact, 1967 Impala is still Chevy’s best-selling model. A quick check on AutoTrader says that the life-size version of this beauty would set you back a cool $31,000+ today.

Most people tend to enjoy building this model but do note that it’s more for advanced (or adult) builders. It does score some great numbers in Amazon’s review department, too!

TAMIYA 24346 1/24 Ford GT Plastic Model Kit

TAMIYA 24346 1/24 Ford GT Plastic Model Kit
  • Details include: depictions of buttresses, door-side air tunnels and underside design.
  • Multi-piece depictions of head and taillights for superb realism.

Ford launched the GT-40 (the original Ford GT) in the 60s to beat Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

That mission was accomplished in 1966. Fast-forward a few decades and you have the resurrection of this classic supercar.

As always, Tamiya has delivered another knock-out model car kit. The detail is amazing and the kit goes together beautifully.

It’s important to mention though, that this model, because of all its varying surfaces, is a bit more challenging to paint.

Assembly of this 130-piece set is required, so make sure you have glue and sprue clippers.

1/25 1957 Chevy Bel Air

1/25 1957 Chevy Bel Air
  • Scale: 1/25
  • Skill Level: 2 (ages 10 and up)
  • Glue assembly, paint required

There’s something special about 50s Chevys, and the 57′ Bel Air is no different.

Sporting 3 models and 3 engines (35.5 cu in Blue Flame I6, 265 cu in V8, and the 283 cu in V8), there was a Bel Air for everyone’s taste.

This 1/25 scale replica model comes molded in blue and clear with chrome and black vinyl tires. 

The biggest drawback mentioned by others was that it didn’t come with metal axels. To me, not a big deal – it’s still an awesome kit.

Revell 1/25 Scale 1966 Pontiac GTO

Revell 85-4479 '66 Pontiac GTO Model Car Kit 1:25 Scale 114-Piece Skill Level 4 Plastic Model Building Kit, Silver
  • Revell Plastic Model Car Kit #85-4479 is skill level 4 and contains 114 parts. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
  • 1:25 scale model car measures L-8.25" x W-3.00" x H-2.25"

Car enthusiasts know the history of the Pontiac GTO – it being the first true Detroit-made “Muscle Car”.

This 1/25 scale model comes with 114 parts and measures 8.25-inches in length.

Includes a detailed 389 V-8 with Tri-Power carbs, Tampo printed red lines, 2 sets of wheel choices – all molded in white.

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Model Truck Kits

Beginner Friendly: Revell SnapTite 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Pickup Truck Model Kit

Revell SnapTite 2017 Ford GT Model Kit
  • This 28-pc set snaps together in about an hour
  • Kit features detailed interior, disc brakes, and metal axles

Finding models of newer, more modern vehicles can be challenging.

It can be equally tough finding a model that is suited for new builders or kids – this F-150 Raptor kit hits on both of those points.

Revell’s SnapTite design allows this model to be assembled without any glue (glue can be used to add strength, though). 

Some people have mentioned being disappointed when discovering there were only 18-pieces – so please keep in mind this is a beginner-level model kit.

Revell Foose Ford FD-100 Pickup Plastic Model Kit

Revell 85-4426 Ford FD-100 Pickup Model Truck Kit 1:25 Scale 78-Piece Skill Level 4 Plastic Model Building Kit , Black, 12 years old and up
  • Revell Plastic Model Car Kit #85-4426 is skill level 4 and contains 78 parts. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
  • 1:25 scale model truck measures L-7.25" x W-3.00" x H-2.687"

Ford fans, Chip Foose (famous car designer), and model truck lovers alike agree…this is one heck of a model kit. 

People RAVE about the quality of this kit, the attention to detail, and the level of fun building it brings.

Even cooler, this car brings with it a real story. Originally, the ’56 Ford F-100 this model was inspired by was owned by Chip’s father, Sam, but at age 13 Chip bought it from his father.

This model depicts the incredibly designed rebuild Chip did on the truck.

The kit is recommended for ages 12 year+ and requires glue, paint, and model tools.

AMT 1994 Ford F-150 Lightning Pickup 1:25 Scale Model Kit

AMT 1994 Ford F-150 Lightning Pickup 2T 1:25 Scale Model Kit
  • All original tooling restored
  • Custom front and rear fascias
  • Gleaming chrome Lightning wheels

This kit showcases a throw-back to one of Ford’s performance pickup truck models – the Lightning.

Originally conceived by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT), the Lightning debuted in 1993 and was produced through 2004.

Features of this model include:

  • A functioning/opening hood
  • Custom front and rear fascias
  • Classic chrome Lightning wheels
  • An expanded decal sheet

Revell ’65 Chevy Stepside Pickup 2N1, Green

Revell '65 Chevy Stepside Pickup 2N1, Green
  • Detailed 283 V-8 engine with optional engine parts and disc brakes
  • Chrome reversed wheels with moon hubcaps and whitewall tires or five spoke mag wheels with...

People have a love-hate relationship with today’s side-step pickup. But pull up to a car show in a 1965 Chevy Stepside and you’ll be drawing all the looks.

There are tons of reasons this model is loved by so many hobbyists. Not only does it come with a detailed 283 V-8 engine and chromes out wheels…it comes with stock and custom graphic details.

I love the color green…but a gloss black paint job with those chrome wheels is the only option in my eyes!

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Model Semi Truck Kits

MPC 3-Axle Gravel Trailer 1:25 Scale Model Kit

MPC - 3 Axle Gravel Trailer
  • Scale 1:25
  • Skill Level: 2
  • Age Grade: 12+

If you’re into building larger models or simply dig “big rigs”, this gravel hauler will make a great addition to your collection.

It’s highly-rated by modelers. Many people build this semi just before or right after the next one on this list since it can connect to similar scale models by MPC. 

MPC Mack DM800 Semi Tractor 1:25 Scale Model Kit

A true Big Rig builders favorite, this Mack DM800 Truck kit is packed with detail.

It features a turbocharged 865 Maxidyne engine, “butterfly” hood, swing-up fenders, a detailed interior, steerable front end, plated wheels, stacks, fuel tanks, and much more.

When assembled, this 300+ piece DM800 is 11.5 inches long. 

Plastic model kit paint and cement required (Testors or Tamiya brands recommended). They’ve also included a paint guide, which is a nice touch.

AMT Peterbilt 359 Wrecker Model Kit – 1/25

AMT Peterbilt 359 Wrecker Model Kit - 1/25 Scale Buildable Tow Truck for Kids and Adults (AMT1133)
  • build a replica recovery vehicle: nothing is as rewarding as putting together a vehicle from... 
  • authentic look: once built, this 1/25 scale breakdown lorry will look exactly like the original...

As far as I’m concerned, you don’t have a complete collection until you have a heavy wrecker. I mean, there’s no denying these things are just COOL!

This 1/25 scale model measures about 13-inches once the ~250 pieces are assembled.

The details on this thing are endless and include a fully detailed cab, engine, interior, chassis, and pad-printed firestone tires.

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Model Plane Kits

Revell F15E Strike Eagle, 1:144 Scale

Revell Germany 03972 1/144 F-15E Strike Eagle Model Kit
  • 1:144 Scale kit with a detailed instruction guide.
  • Paint suggested: White, Steel, Silver, Gloss blue, Leaf green, Gunship gray.

This is for the air force fans in the audience. You needn’t have flown one of these babies to want to build a model. Hell, you could’ve just seen the original Top Gun and known the thrill of the speed.

If you’re feeling the need for speed, then there is no better model airplane to assemble.

The F15E Strike Eagle kits come in a classic gray but the suggested paints include White, Steel, Silver, Gloss blue, Leaf green, Gunship gray. 

If you don’t already have one, you’ll want to get a model building tool kit (like this one) before completing this model.

Build it with your kids after watching Top Gun or Pearl Harbor. Just don’t let this baby gather dust. It deserves to be built and put on display.

Tip: The eventual buildup of dust is inevitable. That’s just the way it is. Check out my Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Model Cars and Planes Safely to keep your models looking brand new.

Hasegawa, F-22 Raptor – Modern Fighter Jet

Hasegawa 1/48 F-22 Raptor USAF
  • Hasegawa F-22 Raptor "Stealth Fighter" USAF Plastic Model Kit - 1/48 Scale

Hasegawa – F-22 Raptor is one of my all-time favorite model airplanes. Styled at 1/48 scale, this fighter jet will keep you engrossed for hours.  It is an Air Force battle plane with fine detailing and a pilot figure with two helmets. It also features a weapons bay and cockpit.

The best part is that both of them can be displayed opened as well as closed. So, unlike some other models where all the interior detailing is hidden once the model is complete, your Hasegawa F-22 raptor will allow you to boost all its features.

The model also includes an ejector seat rail along with hydraulic lines and ductwork. It is perfect for intermediate to advanced modelers who enjoy spending time on detailing.

Keep in mind that this amount of detailing does not come without some extremely tiny pieces, so make sure you are comfortable using tweezers. If the idea of using your magnifier excites you, this is the model kit for you.

Based on your budget, you can also invest in aftermarket photo-etched parts to turn your fighter plane into a trophy model.

Tamiya, Mitsubishi A6M5/5a Zero Fighter (Zeke)

TAMIYA Mitsubishi A6M5/5A Zero
  • The leader in hobby products around the world
  • Made using the highest quality components and materials
  • Test for durability and safety

Tamiya Mitsubishi A6M5/5a Zero Fighter is the 1/48 scale replica of a one-of-a-kind Japanese aircraft. Made of light gray, heavy-duty plastic, this kit is an accurate model of the original aircraft.

The detailing is astoundingly precise and impressive. Apart from 115 pieces of the aircraft, the kit includes 221 grey pieces for the assembly of four pilots, decals, and a canopy.

Despite the best quality plastic used for manufacturing the parts and pieces of the kit, the model is fairly lightweight. It is also relatively less expensive as compared to some other model airplanes of the same quality. The kit is perfect for modelers with medium or advanced modeling skills.

The instructions are pretty clear and easy to follow so you shouldn’t have any trouble completing the model. The manual recommends using 18 different paints.

You can buy them all if you want but keep in mind that most of them are only used for the cockpit. When I was building this model, I used a military flat set of paint and the completed model turned out great!

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Model Ship Kits

USS Iowa Battleship 1/535 Scale

Atlantis USS Iowa Big Battleship Plastic Model Kit 1/535 Toy and Hobby
  • 20 inches long Iowa Class Battleship Plastic Model Kit
  • Made in the USA for Ages 14 and Up.

The USS Iowa dates back to 1942 when it first set sail. It saw action in World War II, once carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic, and was ultimately decommissioned in 1949.

This model by Atlantis does an incredible job of showcasing its detail and might. 

The kit includes 71 molded plastic pieces and once assembled, measures just over 20-inches in length.

Revell, Black Pearl – The Mystical Vessel of Captain Jack Sparrow

Revell 05499 - Pirates of The Caribbean - The Black Pearl 1: 150 Scale
  • Model kit contain 100 pieces
  • Model kits are designed for children aged 10 years and upwards

Black Pearl is known as the one and only true love of Captain Jack Sparrow, the iconic fictional character from the Pirates of the Caribbean. However, the legends of the mystical vessel go beyond pirate fanatics. 

So if you are looking to have some pirate-style fun and looking to add a beautiful model vessel to your model collection, Revell Black Pearl is the kit for you.

The kit has 112 parts and is just 10-inch long and 9-inch high. It is perfect for beginners as it is quite easy to assemble. It comes equipped with a number of accessories including guns, flags, a boat, anchor, etc.

CubicFun 3D Puzzle Kit of Black Queen Anne’s Revenge

3D Puzzle for Adults Moveable LED Pirate Ship with Detailed Interior Decoration, Large Queen Anne's Revenge Desk Puzzles, Difficult 3D Puzzles with Lights Gifts for Men Women
  • Enjoy The Adventurous Spirit: Hoist The Jolly Roger and Set Sail. Adventure on the high...
  • 2021 Upgrade Master Series Puzzles: New technology upgrade of CubicFun Pirate Ship...

This 1:95 scale ship is one of the few you’ll find on our list and it’s the only one that comes equipped with LED lights (they add a super cool look to the finished product).

If you’re just starting with model shipbuilding, this is a good starting point. It has 340 pieces and is recommended for ages 14+. That said, it shouldn’t be too difficult for an adult.

The pieces are made from EPS foam board and can be assembled without glue following the included instructions. The finished ship measures 25.9 x 10 x 25.0 inches.

One Amazon review did say that you need to pay close attention to the instructions because it isn’t 100% step-by-step so you’ll need to follow the illustrations closely.

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Model Tank Kits

Tamiya Models Tiger Tank

Tamiya 35216 1/35 Ger. Tiger I Early Production Tank Plastic Model Kit for Unisex Adult
  • Kit features detailed flexible tracks.
  • Package Dimensions: 8.636 H x 40.386 L x 27.177 W (centimeters)

The Tiger I is one of the most revered tanks in war history and makes for one of the coolest model kits for adults.

It was used by Germany in WWII to wipe out their enemies. While it was used for evil back then, it’s still recognized as one of the most outstanding engineering designs ever.

Just think of all those cogs and wheels turning while the Tiger crushes all the forces that stand against it.

You may just get a kick out of positioning all the ships and cars that you’ve been building alongside this. What war scene is complete without a tank anyway?

It’s also one of the few large-scale plastic scale model kits without any aluminum. It includes decals and a commander figure which looks suspiciously like the evil Hitler himself.

This piece can serve as the enemy when you finish up your war scene display with ships and spacecraft.

You can find several other amazing military model kits to pair with this one here in this article.

Miniart, T-44 Soviet Medium Tank

MiniArt MIN35193 Modellbausatz T 44 Soviet Medium Tank Model Kit, Various
  • Detailed Model Kit
  • Kit suitable for ages 14 to adult.

Intended for advanced builders, Miniart T-44 Soviet Medium Tank is a detailed model with an intricate engine compartment. When it comes to interiors, the model only has partial compartments. This makes it the perfect sport without getting overly involved in the building part.

It is a plastic kit that features around 700 pieces. Apart from that, the kit contains as many as up to 100 photo-etched accessories for the tank.

Instructions are easy to understand and follow. However, the color scheme is only provided for MIG paints. So, if you working some other kind of paint, you’ll have to take the time to find colors that match the ones shown.

On the other hand, you can also take creative liberty and let your inner artist take over the project. The kit includes a number of decals so you can build different kinds of tanks. If model tanks are right up your alley, this glorious tank will take your collection one step forward.

It is intended for experienced modelers but beginners can also try it out as the kit is not overly engineered. Nonetheless, the detailing work is impressive.

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Engine Model Kits

Playz V8 Combustion Engine Model Kit

Playz V8 Combustion Engine Model Building Kit for Kids, Adults - STEM Hobby Toy, Educational Engineering & Science Kit for Aspiring Engineers Ages 12+ w/ DIY Guide & Realistic Mini Parts That Run
  • LET YOUR CHILDREN GET HANDS ON with the Playz Kids DIY Toy V8 Combustion Engine... 
  • INCLUDES EVERYTHING NEEDED TO BUILD: Watch your children's eyes light up as they...

This scale model has over 500 parts, as it should. Building the V8 engine is no joke. It even simulates a real motor and features ignition sounds and light up spark plugs.

If you’re interested in cars in even the smallest capacity, this should be a treat for you.

While the engine rumbles you can just feel the wind in your hair. You can feel it while you’re building this baby.

Just imagine this attached to the car of your dreams and you cruising down the highway. God, why did we ever come out of the 70s?

You will need to put in 3 AA batteries to run it though. Otherwise, all the tools and parts you need are in the box.

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Star Wars Model Kits

Revell Star Wars The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon

Revell 06718 Star Wars Millennium Falcon (Han Solo) 1:72 Scale Unbuilt/Unpainted Plastic Model Kit
  • An Easy To Assemble Model Construction Kit Of The Corellian Transporter, The Millennium Falcon,
  • Rotatable Sensor

While fans may be divided on the reception to the new trilogy, the Millennium Falcon will always remain iconic.

Han and Chewie swooping down to blast Darth Vader’s bomber and blasting him into oblivion are still so iconic.

Think of that while you’re building possibly the most iconic ship in the history of science fiction. The Falcon’s model is incredibly detailed and is great to build with children of all ages.

The model has 69 parts included and is pretty easy to build. See if you can clear the Kessler run in less than five parsecs after you’re done building this baby.

Bandai Hobby Star Wars 1/72 X-Wing Red Squadron

Bandai Hobby Star Wars 1/72 X-Wing Red Squadron (Special Set), Multicolor
  •  A high detail precision 2-pack model kit utilizing Bandai's trademark color injection molding techniques
  • Runner x7, water slide and sticker options. 

This kit comes with the high-detail precision, and tight-fitting pieces that are expected of models carrying the Bandai logo.

The X-Wing features opening and closing S-foils, a cockpit with two different canopy options, and a display stand.  

As with most models, a sprue cutter will be required to get the pieces free, but no glue is required (though adding glue adds to the model’s strength). 

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a model with better customer ratings than this.

Metal Earth 3D Model Kits Star Wars Set of 4

Fascinations Metal Earth Metal Earth 3D Metal Model Kits Star Wars Set of 4 - Snowspeeder, Imperial Shuttle, Boba Fett's Starship, at-ST
  • SET INCLUDES 5 HOBBY MODEL KITS – Unassembled models packed in an envelope...
  • NO GLUE OR SOLDER NEEDED – Parts can be easily clipped from the metal sheets...

It can be hard to tell by the images, but these guys are all pretty small. But don’t let their size fool you – they’re pretty awesome (and they have the reviews to back it).

This set of 4 includes:

  • Snowspeeder: 1.25″ x 3.25″ x 3.00″ when assembled.
  • Imperial Shuttle: 4.25″ x 2.5″ x 4″ when assembled.
  • Slave 1: 3.25″ x 2″ x 3″ when assembled.
  • AT-ST: 3.5″ x 2″ x 1.75″ when assembled.

These models do come as flat pieces of thin metal and require some fine motor skills and smaller tools. This specifically designed set of tools will really help with assembly.

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Star Trek Model Kits

Moebius 942 Battlestar Galactica

Even if you haven’t seen the original series, you must’ve heard of Battlestar Galactica. This vessel is from the original run of the series in 1970.

That means it is one generation after Star Trek and one before Star Wars. It’s a nice little transition between the two greatest space franchises on Earth.

Even if you’re not a sci-fi fan, which you should be, you can appreciate that. The level of detail and the craftsmanship on this beauty is astounding.

Not only is it a great piece of 70s memorabilia, but it is also one of the best model kits out there.

Revell Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701

Revell 04882 58.8 cm U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Model Kit
  • Model kit contain 91 pieces
  • Model kits are designed for children aged 10 years and upwards
  • After built it measures 58.8 cm in length

This baby measures nearly 2-feet (60cm) in length and is the only model ship to rival the Millennium Falcon. This is the Falcon for Trek fans.

No one wants to start a fight here, but one is far more iconic than the other for some fans. I’m not going to say which. Whichever side of the fandom you lie on though, this is a great model to build.

Not only is it sleek and beautiful in its design, but it will also stand out in any corner of your room.

If you’re into model building and sci-fi, you need to have this in your collection. It’s not just an iconic piece of sci-fi history but also a piece of American history.

The model has 91 pieces and a matte white finish that you can’t take your eyes off.

The detail on this thing is close to the one on the USS Constitution. Granted, the latter was a real ship, but this carries much greater nostalgia for present generations.

Who cares how many parts this one has? The finished product is just too cool to ignore.

Bandai Model Kits

Mobile Suit Gundam – 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam, Bandai Spirits Entry Grade

Bandai Hobby - Mobile Suit Gundam - 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam, Bandai Spirits Entry Grade
  • Consisting of only 74 parts the Entry Grade RX-78-2 Gundam is the ultimate introduction item for GunPla.
  • The plastic is color molded requiring no paint, snaps together requiring no glue, uses easy twist...

“Must have for all skill ranges.”… “A great entry point for Gunpla!”… “An entry-level gundam with great features.”

These are just a few of the comments from builders of Gundam this model. 

The snap-fit pieces make it a glueless build and the fact that it’s made of color-molded plastic means it doesn’t require glue.

When assembled, this model stands roughly 5-inches tall.

Toy Story Buzz Lightyear, Bandai

Bandai Spirits Toy Story Buzz Lightyear, Bandai Cinema-Rise Standard
  • To Infinity and beyond
  • Buzz from "Toy Story" Joins Woody in the cinema-rise figure model kit line

Need an outlet for your inner child? Just love Toy Story? No, no…you’re going to build this for your kids, right?

No need to explain yourself! This is a rare and extremely sweet model.

Molded in color with stickers, this kit can be built without paint or glue. 

This Buzz Lightyear model has three choices of facial expression (theoretically interchangeable), two choices of hands and wings that spring out at the touch of a button. 

The assembled model is fully articulated with ball joints at the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists and neck. 

And don’t worry…they make his ol’ pal Woody, too (see him here).

Bandai Godzilla (Movie Monster Series Mechagodzilla)

Bandai Godzilla Movie Monster Series Mechagodzilla (Heavily Armed Type)
  • Sofvi (soft vinyl)
  • Movie monster series!

Standing 7-inches tall and 9-inches from head to the tip of its tail, this Mechagodzilla model is an impressive and fun build!

Made with the typical quality and detail expected from Bandai, you’ll still want to supervise smaller children with the model. 

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Metal Model Kits

Metal Earth 3D Model Kits Star Wars Set of 4

Fascinations Metal Earth Metal Earth 3D Metal Model Kits Star Wars Set of 4 - Snowspeeder, Imperial Shuttle, Boba Fett's Starship, at-ST
  • SET INCLUDES 5 HOBBY MODEL KITS – Unassembled models packed in an envelope...
  • NO GLUE OR SOLDER NEEDED – Parts can be easily clipped from the metal sheets...

This model was also included in the “Star Wars model kits” section, but I wanted to include it here, too, in case you jumped straight to this section.

It can be hard to tell by the images, but these guys are all pretty small. But don’t let their size fool you – they’re pretty awesome (and they have the reviews to back it).

This set of 4 includes:

  • Snowspeeder: 1.25″ x 3.25″ x 3.00″ when assembled.
  • Imperial Shuttle: 4.25″ x 2.5″ x 4″ when assembled.
  • Slave 1: 3.25″ x 2″ x 3″ when assembled.
  • AT-ST: 3.5″ x 2″ x 1.75″ when assembled.

These models do come as flat pieces of thin metal and require some fine motor skills and smaller tools. This specifically designed set of tools will really help with assembly.

Fascinations Metal Earth Delorean 3D Metal Model Kit

Fascinations Metal Earth Delorean 3D Metal Model Kit
  • HOBBY MODEL KIT – Unassembled model packed in an envelope with easy to follow...
  • NO GLUE OR SOLDER NEEDED – Parts can be easily clipped from the metal sheets...

Another from the Metal Earth collection, this 3D metal Delorean is incredible.

When I first saw it, I had a hard time even telling it was a metal model – the detail is just out of this world.

Keep in mind, most metal models like this aren’t a great idea for a beginner. In fact, Metal Earth labels this one as “challenging”, so proceed with caution, ha. 

You should be ok if you take your time though.

Its fully-assembled size is 3.50” L x 1.25” W x 1.15” H.

Metal Earth Wheel Loader 3D Metal Model Kit

Fascinations Metal Earth Wheel Loader 3D Metal Model Kit
  • HOBBY MODEL KIT – Unassembled model packed in an envelope with easy to follow... 
  • NO GLUE OR SOLDER NEEDED – Parts can be easily clipped from the metal sheets.

Not into classics like Star Wars or Back To The Future? How about a metal front-end loader?

I was originally drawn to this kit because of its uniqueness and the pops of color that they added.

It results in a pretty neat looking finished product, that’s for sure.

Again, this is going to be a more challenging build and will measure roughly 3.62” (L) x 1.30” (W) x 1.54” (H) once assembled.

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Wood Model Kits

Wooden Model Garden House with Deck

I really think this piece shows why there’s such interest among builders for wood model kits.

The pieces of this kit are laser cut making them precise and easy to assemble. 

Included in the kit is a tube of glue but it’s recommended that you have a sharp razor knife handy in the event you need to trim any pieces a bit.

Fully-Functional 3D Wooden Owl Clock Model Kit (161 PCS)

RoWood 3D Puzzles for Adults, Wooden Model Kits for Adults to Build, Birthday Gift for Adults & Teens (161 PCS)- Owl Clock
  • UNIQUE MODEL KIT: This owl clock mechanical gears wooden model kit is a 3D wood puzzle...
  • EASY SELF-ASSEMBLY: The instructions of this DIY owl clock 3d puzzle craft kit are in...

This kit is a 3D wood puzzle and the final product is a real working clock. Pretty cool since most models don’t contribute much beyond visual appeal and conversation starting potential. 🙂 

It’s actually a super attractive clock with an accurate quartz battery movement (1x AA battery required).

Challenging and fun enough for adults or teens but not too complicated. Definitely a unique piece to complete.

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Realistic Castle Model Kits

Serranos’s Towers Model Kit

Serranos's Towers Model Kit
  • Serranos's Towers Reproduction Kit
  • Made from real ceramic pieces which simulate stone.

This 1/180 scale reproduction of Serranos’s Towers (aka Torres de Serranos) includes simulated stone building bricks made from real ceramic.

Everything you need to build this castle (all 4,600 pieces) is included in the kit.

Once assembled, it measures 9.6″ X 15″ X 8.7″.

This one will take some time to complete, but the finished product is well worth the wait.

Burg Falkenstein Model Kit

Serranos's Towers Model Kit
  • Serranos's Towers Reproduction Kit
  • Made from real ceramic pieces which simulate stone.

Ready to take your castle building journey to the next level?…then this is for you.

This is a scale replica of the Burg Falkenstein castle in Obervellach, Austria, built in the XI century.

The 7,000 simulated stone ceramic bricks included in this kit, build a finished castle 1/87 scale representation that measures 12.2″ X 23.6″ X 14.2″.

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Architectural Model Kits

Notre Dame de Paris Church Model Kit

CubicFun 3D Puzzle for Adults Moveable Notre Dame de Paris Church Model Kits Large Challenge French Cathedral Brain Teaser Architecture Building Puzzles, 293 Pieces
  • Upgrade and Creative Moveable Wall: New technology upgrade of CubicFun 3D puzzle, the...
  • Challenge Difficult Puzzles: CubicFun 3D Notre Dame Model included 293 pcs which may...

This 1:250 scale 3D model of the historic Notre Dame De Paris. The detail in this model is absolutely breathtaking.

From the stained glass rose windows to the intricate stonework surrounding it – building this model is the next best thing to actually visiting!

The model opens a full 180 degrees to showcase the beauty it holds inside as well.

The completed model measures 23 x 8.7 x 17.3 inches. It contains 293 pieces and is recommended for ages 10+.

If this model really gets you excited, you’ve got to see the architectural kits reviewed here. Prepare to drool a bit though.

Guggenheim Museum Scale Replica Kit

Little Building Co Guggenheim Museum Scale Replica kit, Frank Lloyd Wright midcentury Modern Architecture. NYC Architectural fine Wood Accurate Model
  • Great gift for the architecture enthusiast, Frank Lloyd Wright fan. Own a midcentury modern...
  • Easy to Build - Detailed, step-by-step instructions makes your kit a pleasure to construct.

What better kit for an architecture enthusiast than a 1/500 scale wooden (Aspen, American Cherry) model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Guggenheim Museum in New York. 

This mid-century modern masterpiece looks great on a bookshelf or desk. 

It’s easy to build with detailed, step-by-step instructions and should assemble in roughly 4 hours.

The completed model measures 6″ x 4.5″ x 3.5″.

Arckit Masterplan 1/50 Scale City

Arckit Masterplan
  • Design your own Capital city with MASTERPLAN!
  • Each box contains 390+ pieces and an introduction booklet with cutout shapes to add to your

Design your own Capital city with this masterplan architectural model kit.

Each kit contains 390+ pieces, an introduction book, and a printed vinyl adhesive sheet including wall facades and road layouts.

This is an extremely unique piece and comes highly-rated.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Inches Is 1/32 Scale?

When a model kit says it’s a 1/32 or 1:32 scale model it means that 1 unit of measurement on the model is equal to 32 units on the object being modeled.
Let’s say you’re building a model boat kit that’s scaled at 1:32. If the model measures 1-foot (12 inches), you know that in reality, the boat is 32-feet long.
My article “Miniature Scales: The Complete Guide” explains sizing and scales in much more detail.

What Are Scale Models Used for?

Scale models are size accurate representations of various things from cars to planes, trains, and characters, miniaturized. For the most part, they are used for entertainment by hobbyists.
Once the model is complete it is usually put out for display. Model builders also enjoy collecting them.

Still hungry for more? You can find more awesome models to construct here.

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