Time to start my first paper model

Discussion in 'General Card Modeling' started by Paulej55, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. Paulej55

    Paulej55 New Member

    In Australia, plastic and resin dominate. While doing someresearch for a kit I am building (Atomic City – 2001 EVA Pod) I came across UNU02’spaper version. WoW! I though, is this scratch built, what was the medium. Inever suspected paper could look so good. The technical details the finish,well what can I say but a brilliant model and build. It inspired me, so Ijoined up with Zealot and then began to task of finding a paper mode to startwith. After some searching I managed to download a basic model from Star Trek theGalileo shuttle. I thought I have built this a few time in several mediums,plastic, wood, resin why not try paper now. Well started and the first thingthat strikes me is how easy it is to make a mistake! But still getting the feelfor how to cut, bend and glue paper requires some delicate skills and afterreading through a few of the other threads, starting to get a betterunderstanding of technique. Still I guess everyone is different and the bestthing to do is just go and do it so here we go! first photos.

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  2. silveroxide

    silveroxide Well-Known Member

    When you finish the model, post the other builds if you still have them to show the comparisons between the mediums. This is a very well designed model. Enjoy have fun and see you around the forum.
  3. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

    Yeah, man, go for it! Don't forget to share your buildings, and please, post pics of it...
  4. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Oh, yes! It's looking very good. Great to have an Aussie here! :cool: Welcome! :thumb:

    I agree with silver, a group shot with all those shuttles would be awesome. I'm looking forward to the results. Have fun and enjoy! :wave:
  5. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    Jump right in head first man, the water is fine....
    The build looks great so far, keep at it.
  6. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    I built this model around 7 years ago, when my son was 4. He put that model through all kinds of horrid situations. I suggest no folding on the body of the craft, but cutting the parts and gluing them on as separate panels. It is very easy to get an accrued intolerance in this model. Make the sides and top separated, don't fold anything on the body. Use L shaped paper strips to locate the parts. You will get a much straighter and stronger model. It is a beauty for sure. :)
  7. Paulej55

    Paulej55 New Member

    From a first timers perspective, paper models offer a level of comfort that other mediums don’t have, such as, if you mess up, print a new page out and start again. Slips with the knife and messy gluing aside. All things to learn along the way. Case in point, I started to darken the edging around the front windows, only to slip and draw a line over the front. Well I though just get some touch up paint. Well ah! its paper you can’t do that. So a reprint will be coming along. Which I suppose brings me to my first issue. I know this may have already been covered in other threads, but what paper do we use? Currently I am using 140gsm Glossy Photo Paper. While it dose do a good job I feel that perhaps a matt paper might be better and the weight of the paper might not lend itself to larger models. Thanks to all for your encouragements and I hope you like the next series of photos.

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  8. Rogerio Silva

    Rogerio Silva Active Member

    Well done, mate! It looks great so far, you're doing a great job.
    About paper, well, I usually go with 140 and 160gsm. The more complicated and smaller the detail, the lower the thickness of the paper.
    And about paper weight, well, you're right. Some models do collapse under their own weight, or maybe start to sag, so the modelers here include formers and other inner support structures, using thicker paper (200, 230gsm).
    So, it depends on what you want to do. Photo, glossy paper sometimes can be a little more difficult to glue, specially if you try edge-glueing (not using tabs). Matte paper is a bit more "glue-friendly", but that's not a rigid rule.
    I hope I've helped, and I wanna see some more, please!
  9. tjbmurph

    tjbmurph Member

    Nice job! I always like to see what people start with. This is a great place to come and learn, welcome aboard :)
  10. Vince

    Vince Member

    Very impressive first paper model! This one's in my pile for "someday"...
    And welcome to our addictive little hobby!
  11. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    If you're not happy with the outside, you have a lot of reusable parts inside. I recommend 110 lb. card stock for almost everything I do. I would laminate it for this model, roof and sides. I would cut offf the nose and continue with 110 lb. Bright matte paper. I believe, in this model, because of the double thickness's, ou can use the existing walls. Stay away from the glossy stuff. You can save this model and end up with an excellent subject. It is a really well designed model. I toyed with making one out of aluminum flashing for the outside surfaces. :)

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