Football stadiums are truly an architectural art form. Many famous football fields, and the teams associated with them, can be identified simply by the construction of the stadium. Creating models of football stadiums has become quite popular, and collectors all over the world enjoy spending their time making replicates of famous stadiums. Stadiums can be re-created using a model kit or freehand construction.
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Things you need
- Model kit
- Cardboard surface
- Paint (if necessary)
Select a model of your favourite stadium. Much like model cars, aeroplanes or other sports' stadiums, model kits come in the form of football stadiums. Hobby shops often have the widest variety of styles and types of model kits.
Unpack your selected model to ensure all parts are included. Like a puzzle, model kits have lots of small pieces. It's very rare that manufactured kits are missing pieces, but you don't want to be one piece away from finishing and realise you are missing something. Most companies will refund you or send another product if something is missing.
Choose a piece of sturdy cardboard to serve as the ground of and around your stadium. Cardboard serves as a good object to place your model on because it's easy to move and can be painted to match any model you make. You can decorate the cardboard like a parking lot, grass, or any other outside structures found by the stadium.
Put together the pieces of your model. Start by placing each piece in its proper place. Do not glue anything until you know the pieces are correct and fit together as they should. Once the model is correct, you can glue the pieces in.
Decorate your model as needed. If you buy a wood or plastic-style model that doesn't have colour on it, you could paint the model. If your model does have paint, you could add extra decorations to make your model seem more "real." Examples include cotton balls for trees and bushes, sand for dirt and black pebbles for a parking lot.
Tips and warnings
- Having a picture of the actual stadium to use as a reference can be helpful. Something to base your modelling on may help you complete your project faster.
- Depending on the type of glue you use, objects could stick to your skin, causing injury during removal. Wearing latex gloves can help to avoid this problem.
- If using wood models, you may need to use a knife or similar sharp object to help make pieces fit. Use caution when working with sharp objects.