What Do the Skill Levels Mean?
Model kits generally come in one of five skill levels that represent how difficult it will be to complete:
Skill Level 1: Snap-together pieces and do not require glue or paint.
Skill Level 2: Easier kits that require glue and paint to complete. They usually have less than 100 pieces.
Skill Level 3: Smaller, more detailed parts. They usually have over 100 pieces.
Skill Level 4: Advanced kits with extra-fine details. They most certainly contain over 100 pieces.
Skill Level 5: For expert modellers. They have super-detailed parts, can contain hundreds of pieces, and often have moving parts, like working suspension on cars and motorcycles, rotating propellers on planes, and movable turrets on tanks.
There are a few exceptions to this breakdown. All model kits made by Airfix require glue and paint, so their level 1 is really a level 2. Sometimes, you'll find a kit that does not have a skill level listed. In these cases, you can safely assume that it is at least a level-4 kit.