My next project.... publishing a book!

Discussion in 'General Card Modeling' started by cgutzmer, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Active Member

    This will be a very long term project MINIMUM one year. I want to collect lots of data before I go to publish.... plus I need to learn whats involved with publishing a book.

    The books subject: The subject will be built cardmodels of the highest quality. It does not matter a single bit what the genre is, nor if its one model or a diorama etc. The model does not need to be purist, you can use wire in the struts, string for rigging, plastic for canopy etc. However if you build a diorama ALL parts must be card models (with filler bits as needed listed above). The model does not need to be ultra complex (nor will I accept simple models as submissions) but should be the best model you can build. NOTHING with copyright issues can be considered. So no movie stuff etc unless you get the express written permission on the copyright holder. Also the build must be representative of the kit but you can make additions/modifications so long as they are paper. Modifications must be noted as well and will be listed.

    Scratch built kits are welcome as well.

    I figure a largish book 20x20 inchesish. Open to any page and left hand side will be a VERY large image of your model, full page. This has to be an ultra high quality pic due to the size. It should be taken in a white box format or outside with very narrow depth of field so no extra distractions.

    Right hand side will have several things

    1-3 paragraphs about model - historical significance, model discussion highs and lows, model dimensions and scale. If its an original model you can talk about how it was designed or how you thought it up etc etc. I would like this to be written by the builder but you can farm this out to someone else if you want. The author will get separate credit on the same page.

    More pics of the model (though smaller) and one pic of the real thing (if available) will be on this page as well. Pics on this page can be more artistic that main pic if desired but must be high quality.

    Modifications made by builder.

    Info on the kit:
    Model manufacturer
    model designer (if available)
    Actual size of model
    Number of parts (approx)

    Builder Bio. Builder pic if desired. Include link to build thread if there is one. Also include link to forum(s)/card modeling pages of choice max 3. Builder can include most anything they want here.

    Still getting this worked out in my head as to exactly what I want to do but this is the basics.

    I am making this a medium to long term project because I want minimum 50 models for the book. This will give builders plenty of time to build the exact project they want in the timeframe they need to complete it!

    You prolly want to know what else is in it for the builders. All builders will get a free copy of the book. As well as much of a plug (or little) as you wish included with the photo.

    You can submit already completed models as well. Feel free to nominate anyone you think did an outstanding job on a model. Please email entries and nominations to cgutzmer at gmail period com. I want all models to be kept from the public eye until release date.

    Dont be shy! Lets show the world what we can do in paper

    p.s. I know that not all of us are really good photographers. If anyone would be willing to put together a quick tutorial on how to take a decent pic it would be appreciated.
  2. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Oooo! Now this is a stunning idea!

    *ponders what to build*
  3. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Active Member

    heh heh - push your limits! :)

    on a further note
    If you are willing to participate are you willing to have the model shipped to me for professional photography? Not required but that would make things a whole lot easier and more professional looking if all the pics are taken the same way.... Return shipping might not be possible. If this is the case I would probably donate the models to libraries and museums to further promote the hobby.
  4. bulldogowner

    bulldogowner Destroyer of Spam Moderator

    Sounds VERY interesting...I may have to build something as well!
  5. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Active Member

    what you go in mind? I may have suggestions in the near future if anyone wants ideas :)
  6. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Well I was thinking of doing a 1:48 scale model of Colorado Prairie Oysters... :twisted:


    What? :mrgreen:
  7. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Active Member

    I know what rocky mountain oysters are but not that....
  8. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    Tomatoe... tomato... :rolleyes:
  9. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Active Member

    Hey all!
    Quick update here that might get you thinking about this in a different way. I am currently talking to a few people at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. I want to donate several models from this project to them to display alongside several of their exhibits. Most notably the Space, ships and Transportation exhibits. However they have several others that could be great opportunities as well. When you are building (or have already built) a model that you think is the best you can possibly do take a step back, look at it and think would this be a good addition to a museum. If a kit (Halinksi comes to mind) is already very highly detailed and you did an excellent job building it then yeah - it very well could be! If the kid was a medium complexity build like Mareks WWII biplanes and such but you did a great job on the build would that suffice? Maybe, maybe not. If you added things like rigging, guy wires, possibly scratch built a few extra components or details then yeah it probably will! Of course anything will be considered but I am looking for models that showcase our hobby and make people stand back and go WOW. A REALLY good medium level difficulty build could of course make the grade too so don’t be discouraged if you don’t do any scratch building or add ons. To get these kinds of models through think about the history of the model - is it generic or does have a very specific history behind it - look at Sergey’s recent repaints of various flying circus planes. These are great medium complexity builds. They have a solid history behind them that interests many people of all ages. Having something with a story behind it really helps. Also take a look at the museum page, see what they have in their exhibits. I think it would be pretty cool to have a nicely detailed supermarine spitfire like they have hanging from the ceiling! Lots of kits like those exist (not exact most likely) but a little boy could say hey! It’s just like that big one daddy! :)

    At over 2 million visitors per year this could be a HUGE PR boost for our hobby. Of course to be considered for this you would need to ship your model to me (I would also take care of photographing the model for the book in those cases) If the museum idea falls through the models will be donated to other museums and libraries to help spread the word about the hobby.

    Shipping me models for this endeavor is of course purely optional. Professional (or semiprofessional if you happen to know someone that can do it in a studio style setup in their home) quality white box photos are acceptable as well for the main photo and as mentioned artistic photos are acceptable for secondary photos (up to 6) desk clutter or distracting backgrounds that the model does not fit into are not acceptable.

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