Is a simple and easy-to-follow video guide intended to help aspiring modelers with their first steps into plastic modeling. Our Back to Basics (BTB) tutorials outline the time required to build the model and divides the process into logical steps. This sequence of steps schematically illustrates the entire process of a model build without narration. This method has been thoroughly tested and fine-tuned over the course of numerous workshops.

Back to Basics tutorials demonstrate each step in an intuitive and easy-to-follow manner, without text or narration, with the use of a simple icon-based code that displays what to do on each step. The timeline at the side or bottom of the display constantly indicates which step of the construction process you are currently on. The video tutorial covers all steps of the modeling process, from start to finish.

BTB tutorial explained (Messerschmitt Bf 109 F2, Revell 03893)

Our BTB tutorials follow a logical set of steps, beginning with painting and followed by gluing, assembling, applying decals and finishing touches. The video tutorial covers all steps from start to finish. Short clip of Video:


In this tutorial, we use icons (paintbrush, knife, glue, decal) and parts of the manufacturer’s assembly manual to indicate different steps of the build. We start off by showing the total build time – 180 minutes in this case. The first step is painting, which takes 90 minutes. After we paint all the different parts of the model, it’s time for assembly, which takes 60 minutes. The last and shortest step is applying the decals, which should only take 30 minutes.


Paintbrush Icon

Our BTB tutorials clearly illustrate which parts need to be painted. To make the project fun for a wide audience and suitable for beginners, we use only basic colors and equipment.

Knife Icon

The Back to Basics method follows a unique rule – all of the model kit components are painted while still attached to the frame. After painting, the individual components are then cut out and the model is assembled.

Glue Icon

The glue icon indicates that parts need to be glued together. The visual instructions neatly highlight the order in which parts are to be assembled.

Decals Icon (Marking Options)

The marking options are the final part of the build. The tutorial follows simple steps that schematically illustrate how to apply the decals.

With the help of our Back to Basics tutorials, modelers of all experience levels can easily get to grips with the different processes involved in creating a nice scale representation of historical craft and expertise.

Another example of BTB video tutorial: Yakovlev Yak-3 (Revell 03894)