Father-Son activity on camping (vacation)

Building your own model is one of the best father-son projects. Model kit building is a great next step for a kid who loves to build Lego or other similar building toys.

First you have to pick up the right model kit for your child. We recommended that you assemble the model yourself before trying to assemble it with your child on vacation. My son is 7 years old and he got some experiences with building models. He already build some Back to Basics  projects, such as Yakovlev Yak-3, Messerschmitt Bf 109 and HMS Vicitory.

This year we were on vacation with a camper (motor home) and  a VW T2 Camper model set (Easy-click) in scale 1:24 was the right choise to pick up. We tried Easy-click  system by Revell fort the first time. Manufacture guarantees quick success with this model: Multi-colored, precisely manufactured components are stably connected by simply plugging them together and decorated with stickers. Plastic model kit contains 112 parts, illustrated building instructions, decals and stickers, 5 basics colors and brush.

The set is interesting because the plastic parts are basically already multi-colored. In the building instructions is shown which parts need to be additionally painted, such as turn signals, lights,… We used Back to Basics methode of building and we painted all the components while still attached to the sprue and later cut and assembled together. We used glue in some assembly steps (some of the plastic parts did not fit well »on-click«). In the set we got decals and stickers. We used stickers which are more suitable for children up to 10 years old.

We spent 9 hours (9 days, every day for 1 hour on four different locations/camps) building a model of VW T2 Camper and we had a great time together. Therefore, we believe that model kit building on holiday is a useful and fun activity that allows you to spend quality  time together.

So what we needed for father-son vacation project:

  • Plastic model with basic colors.
  • Table and two chairs.
  • Hobby knife or sprue cutter, tweezers, sanding stick and brush.
  • Cutting mat.
  • Kitchen paper towels.
  • Glass of water.
  • Cement/glue.
  • Wooden base (option if you want to make a diorama base, such as a street).

And remember: while father-son model kit building you will be able to spend quality time playing, talking, and laughing with your child which is what really matters and let the kid do all of the work, even if it doesn’t turn out perfectly.