Hello from nero_on_fire

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by nero_on_fire, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. nero_on_fire

    nero_on_fire New Member


    my name is Martin and I live in Germany. I recently stumbled across this forum and was happy as a child cause I finally found a good forum with a good community for my hobby. I basically do all sort of crafts, but mostly it's paper models and decorative paper art.

    So you can get a better impression of me, I have included a few of my recent builds in this post.

    My next project will be the fantastic X-Wing created by mastermind UHU, which I am really looking forward to as it is a huge challenge for my build abillities.

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  2. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    Welcome to Zealot!! I know you have more pictures, please, feel free to post them. We have many of your countryman on this forum, you will find yourself in good company. We are truly an International forum and welcome everyone. Sharing and good will is the foundation this forum is based on. The members have made it that way. Welcome to Zealot, if you ever have any questions, contact myself, or anyone of our Moderators. Revell-Fan is also from Germany, our Head Moderator and Guru .

    Willkommen bei Zealot !! Post the rest of those pics!! I love the Iris! The Heart Box is incredible, if you can build that, you can build anything!! :)
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  3. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Hello and welcome to Zealot. Thank you for sharing a sample of your work with us (You done a FANTASTIC JOB with all of it). I see that you have an eclectic interest (As the members of this forum).

    I think that you would do well with (most) any of UHU02's models. If you do make the X-Wing (from UHU02), I would like to see you post a build thread.
    Reason why I mentioned such, is because, build threads are a GREAT way to show off your build skills as well as highlight areas that you may have problems with, to get help with.

    Once again, welcome aboard. I hope that you enjoy yourself here. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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  4. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Oops, you stumbled across this forum? I sincerely hope you didn't get hurt! :D ;)

    Anyway, welcome to the forum, Martin! :)

    Your builds look magnificent, especially the gear box! I have the template of a heart shaped gear box which I would like to build myself (when or better... IF I have the time for it). I'm really looking forward to seeing your take on UHU's models. As Zathros said, I am German, too. I live near the Dutch border. In which part of Germany do you live?
  5. nero_on_fire

    nero_on_fire New Member

    @Revell-Fan Just to give you a heads up: the Gear Cube was a ***** to build and in the end it was one of the most frustrating and mind-numbing experiences. I made the box below from scratch and it looked so perfect, then started building the gears, and after each gear it would become harder and harder to keep building on the project. So many folds, so many glue tabs, they still haunt me in my dreams. It took me about 2 years from first cut to finished build.

    Also, I threw the recommended paper weight of 80 gsm to the wind and thought: "Whatever, I'm gonna make this SUPER accurate and sturdy, let's take 200 gsm paper!" Well, it was super accurate and sturdy. But the added weight of the paper added to the weight of the gears resting on each other while moving, which made turning the handle nearly impossible. And at last, the main drive shaft, which turns the main gear and therefor ALL gears was made of wood which would twist itself, meaning you would lose about 90 percent of the force/momentum applied to the handle. But don't let all of that keep yourself from buidling it, I made a lot of mistakes on this one which I could have thought of beforehand and I still count this as a big lesson/experience to me.

    Following are the rest of the pictures which zathros is mentioning, with some detail pictures of the Gear Cube.

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  6. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member

    Welcome neighbor (greetings from Czech Republic:)). Great models, great skills.

    (just among us - there is also great Imcold's X-wing to choose from;))

    Looking forward to your building threads.
  7. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I like the robot (if I may ask, where did you get it?). I also the lamp shade as well.
  8. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    That Heart/Box has to be built with the tabs cut off, they screw up the alignment. I had to make gears from scratch, that is what machinists do, and it is imperative that there be no accrued intolerance. I think I will try this model some time. I have to find the link to it! :)
  9. nero_on_fire

    nero_on_fire New Member

    The robot is build from scratch for a university project I did some years ago. We had to make an illustration project featuring different techniques of our own choice, so I made a rough concept of what the robot should look like and just started building with trial and error (lots of error actually, the legs/feets where planned as moving parts just like the arms, it didn't work out). When finished, I took the robot out into the nature at night and did some light painting photography with it. It all came together in a picture story book for children of a human-made robot send to a distant planet, becoming friends with a light creature and then returning home.

    The Gear Cube I build was actually a re-build of the original made by girigiriou (aka. kamikara). billybob884 on DeviantArt liked the original build but the japanese author didn't want to publish it, so he sat down and created one himself. When finished, girigiriou saw the model/instructions by billybob884 and requested it to be taken down (there has been some ongoing discussion on it, some say the original creator has the full right to the model, others say since it is more of a mechanical concept and billybob884 did create it from scratch it should stay published). billybob884 complied and had taken the re-build down, but it still can be found. girigiriou has published his own Gear/Heart Cube after this in his own shop as far as I remember. I saw both build techniques and the re-build by billybob884 is much more simple in regards to the internal mechanism, so the original build is definetly of higher quality.

    What really irritates me is that nobody of the community on DeviantArt seems to understand the importance of intelectual property. You can find templates/instructions to the gear heart (and a lot more models by well-known designers) on DeviantArt, and the uploaders split the downloads into several parts and hiding it behind AdFly links to monetize them. They even openly admit that they didn't create this. This is a slap in the face of every model designer and just shouldn't be supported. I tried to argue over this topic with moderators on DeviantArt but they seem to ignore it and just wanting the site traffic. It's one thing to recreate something from scratch like billybob884 did, but openly stealing models and then making money off them is just not right.

    Forgot to answer your question: I lived in Düsseldorf for the last 3 years (work related) and now moved to Bonn (girlfriend related ;))
  10. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Splendid! :)

    Does she accept your hobby?

    BTW, your avatar is hilarious! :)
  11. nero_on_fire

    nero_on_fire New Member

    In general, she likes what I do. Some of the stuff I did (like the 3 little picture frames or the polygon deer) are even set up in our living room.

    But some builds just don't seem to get her enthusiasm. When I showed her the X-Wing by UHU (now imagine me acting like my avatar in your head) she just asked: "But your gonna give this away when finished, aren't you?"

    Sad thing is, she is kinda right with this. In the last few months I have given away quite a lot of my finished stuff due to space limitation in our apartment. But I still enjoy my hobby and she is very supportive and I can always count on her unbiased opinion.
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  12. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    That was scratch build? WOW! You did a FANTASTIC JOB!
    That is a GREAT story for the robot!
  13. bigpetr

    bigpetr New Member

    My wife even started to make paper models with me. It was when she was at home with high-risk pregnancy, just to kill some time:). Now we have fresh baby and it does not seem she will return to it any time soon:)

    I give away almost everything I made. Often I know from the start who gets the model:). I am not collector. I love the building process, but when it is over it somehow lost purpose for me (except when others see it and like it and say me nice words;)). So I give new purpose to it by making sombody else happy and give it to him.
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  14. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    I gave a Lotus Europa model I made, the only one out there. I made it for the son of my flight instructor many years ago, when the little boy was 7 years old. It has bee around 8 years later, and much to my surprise, slightly worn from play, the car looks like a "used" Lotus Europa. This kid, fast becoming a young man cherishes this model. You never know what such a gift does for people. I have give virtually every model I have made to someone. I know it is the right person by their reaction when they see it, and the joy of their face when I give it to them. You cannot buy these models "pre-built", nor could you sell them for the time you have invested is incalculable. The people who I have given know the hours spent in making these models, and they are that in essence, you have given them part of your life's labor of love. A hard thing to give to someone, only people who work with their hands on objects such as this, and in other similar fields, can do this. I believe this ability is a gift from our Creator, however you may conceive of that. Giving without expectation of return, faith in appreciation. It is a form of sharing and connecting. How can that be anything but good. ;)
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  15. Tonino

    Tonino Member

    Hi Nero. Welcome in the paradise of cardmodelers! You are with friends!
    I like A LOT the things you do! Those paper mechanisms are incredible!!!!
    I continue to be amazed everyday looking at the kind of things that can be built from paper.
    And I'm also amazed realizing that, all over the world, we all have the same problems with space allocation and wives....!!! :D
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