Hachette supplies most everything needed to build the model (except super glue), but I have put together a list of additional items that I found improve the experience. These are just suggestions, there is no need to do it exactly this way.
This model is going to take a long time to build, so having a good work space to assemble it is important. I created a dedicated location with a small table and laid down a self-healing 24×36″ craft mat by Dahle:
This has a black background with a 1/2″ grid, imperial and metric rulers, and is big enough to cover my workspace.
Super glue is required for many steps during this build. Super glue or CA (CyanoAcrylate) glue is quite common, but I have had really good experiences using these Loctite liquid and gel applicators:
Hachette provides a few basic screwdrivers and pair of tweezers along with the first issue as Free Gift #1. However, I found that these tools are not that great, so instead I used this precision screwdriver/tool set by ORIA:
This set has many other useful tools such as different sharp-point tweezers, razor knife, magnetizing block, pry tools, etc.
This model is assembled using dozens of tiny screws. The screws bags are not marked by Hachette, but are referred to in the instructions with designations like KB, PB, etc. As there will be many different types of screws used keeping them organized is extremely helpful. And, since Hachette includes extra screws in every issue, you will need someplace to store them all.
NOTE: While I normally recommend pre-threading all metal holes with the correct screw before attaching things into place, Hachette did a wonderful job of selecting the right size and screw materials. All of the screws go in nicely on their own.
I bought a cheap 36-slot organizer from Amazon but any similar product would work fine. I added small designation labels to each compartment to keep everything tidy.
Super Glue (CA Adhesive)
We will be using a lot of super glue (along with the screws) to fasten parts of our T-800 together. Any super glue suitable for metal and plastic will work fine. I personally enjoy using this set:
Custom Modifications (Mods)
If you plan on modifying your model, you may want to look into some of the many mods available to us before you start building.
See my MODS page for details.
Finally, there are a lot of other Hachette 1:2 scale Terminator T-800 partwork model builders online where you can learn more about the kit, build tips and tricks, videos, ask questions, and join discussions. Don’t be a stranger, we are friendly!
I found a few channels that are a great presentation of the build and may help provide insight into what it takes to build this model:
World of Wayne
This set of videos from Wayne documents his build of the Hachette Terminator over in the UK. His videos are fantastic and provide a lot of detail and camera angles for each issue. He has also installed many of the available mods.
The Makers Cave
Steve Willans in the US is also building this T-800 endoskeleton on his channel from a beginner’s perspective. They are a great watch!
The life of Brien
This set of videos features follows Dave Brien as he builds the Hachette Terminator, also in the UK. This is a great series for the first-time builder.
There are also Facebook groups dedicated to the build. There is a ton of information and help to be found. The best one I have found is:
Issue 1 – Faceplate, Eyes