Using a pit mat keeps you from
scratching up or dirtying your
work area. The texture of the
pit mat also keeps screws and
other small parts from rolling
off the table.
by Joel Navarro
Ready-to-run models dominate RC, but build-it-yourself kits are still popular and represent a big part of the hobby’s appeal for many. If spinning wrenches yourself sounds cool but you’re worried the job is going to be more hassle than fun (or you haven’t had much luck with plastic static modeling), don’t be put off—RC kits are designed to be easy to build, and there’s no step you can’t undo. When
you’re done, you’ll know your machine inside and out, which is invaluable when you need to troubleshoot or
make a repair. Here’s a look at what’s inside a kit box, and how to get it together with pro results.
STEP 1. SET UP SHOP
The first thing you want to do is find
yourself a space that you won’t have to
break down and put away if you can’t
finish your build in one afternoon
or evening. A desk, workbench, or
folding table are ideal for this job.
If you’re going to work on a delicate surface that you don’t want
scratched up, use a towel or RC
pit mat to provide a comfortable
work area while protecting delicate surfaces underneath.