Need a model of a signal box, a fortified castle or an agricultural building? Jura modélisme offers a wide choice of models to customise your model railway. The themes opposite give you a quick overview of our catalogue. Click on each one to discover our assortment of models à construire from major brands, such as Faller, Viessmann, Busch, Bois modélisme, etc. 
Our packs de modélisme are very practical for décorer a model train layout or a étagère. All of them contain a assembly instruction that explains step-by-step how to assemble the different parts of the model.
. As there are as many worlds as there are models, we have selected models that allow you to experience different periods in the history of the railways. If you are decircling, you should know that the models produced are classified by numbered plates from I to VI. They retrace the major developments in French railways since their formation in the 19th century, such as the unification of rolling stock by the SNCF, the disappearance of steam locomotives and the introduction of the TGV. Our team of enthusiasts will be delighted to prepare your order and dispatch it in its original packaging as quickly as possible.

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How do you build a model?

At what âage can modélism be made?

A miniature model is not a toy. The major model brands do not recommend their accessories to anyone under the age of 14. In fact, it is necessary to use sharp tools, cyanide glue and certain solvents to build a model. Like puzzles, these construction games are clearly not recommended for younger children, as they contain many small parts that can be ingested. There are also junior models, specially designed for children.

Which model to start with in modelling?

Modelling is a hobby with a huge following. It requires precision and patience. So it's a good idea to start with a model that's moderately difficult, but sufficiently motivating. For a first model, models with less than 100 parts are a good alternative.

Modelling: where to find model ideas?

Some people learn the great classics: a model of an old crane or the Eiffel Tower. Others exclusively collect military models (tanks, frigates or Luftwaffe fighters). Model aircraft and hovercraft enthusiasts are drawn to the world of model railways. Last but not least, pop culture fans will find plenty of models of T-Rex, Star Wars, the Titanic and the Black Pearl. A model show, specialised magazines or a model shop should help you find inspiration.

What tools do I need?

To make a miniature model, it is advisable to have certain tools in your briefcase. Firstly, a cutter or a pair of wire cutters to carefully remove the components from the clusters. These cutting tools prevent the plastic from tearing and irregularities that would complicate the assembly of the parts. A bottle of glue suitable for plastic models is essential (see below). Finally, very fine sandpaper and acrylic paint can be used to achieve beautiful finishes.

How to paint a model

Often, model shops offer unpainted scale models. There are a number of tools you can use to personalise a modèle réduit:
1- the flat brush: this accessory is ideal for applying acrylic paint with precision. All you need is a little water to wash it.
2- Spray paint can: spray paint can be used to quickly apply a coat of colour. It has the advantage of drying more quickly. However, always use it in the open air or in an airtight room, as it contains solvents that can be toxic. 3- The paintbrush: this paint gun is the most suitable tool for accurately painting small areas and finishing off a figurine or a piece of decoration. To finish off, you can apply a gloss varnish à the end to improve the rendering and protect the coat of paint à maquette.

What glue should you use to assemble a model?

For gluing a plastic model, cyanoacrylate anaacrylate robie glue, of the glue 21 type, is undoubtedly the most suitable solution. Solvent-free, it allows model makers to glue plastic without bleaching it. It also dries more slowly, leaving more time to assemble stained parts. Otherwise, conventional cyanoacrylate glue is perfect for assembling a wooden model or metal parts. Last but not least, spray glue comes in very handy for fixing the trees, veneer and backdrop of a diorama.

In résumé

Modelling is an exciting hobby. You can make models from the age of 7 to 77. However, if you are under 10, you should opt for a junior model. You can build a model with very few materials. A tube of plastic glue, a sharp tool and a can of spray paint are all you need to express yourself. If you want to get started in model making, whether it's a model plane, a model boat or anything else, it's a good idea to start with a kit that presents few difficulties.