Why do you build card models

Discussion in 'General Card Modeling' started by barry, Apr 7, 2004.

  1. I no longer build cardstock models as I have found that they are now just as expensive if not more in some cases than plastic and for the fact that I'm not good at custom changing colours or custom changing the model itself it's almost silly for me to continue so I won't be. Sorry guys.

    Desert Rat Racer.:cool:
  2. KCStephens

    KCStephens Member

    I like using paper as a medium for model building because unlike plastic where most of the work is already done for you, there is a real sence of accomplishment when finishing a build.
  3. Lepercan

    Lepercan Member

    A lot of it is the number of friends I have in the paper forums.
  4. Retired_for_now

    Retired_for_now New Guy

    It's all Altered Carbon

    So, in summary:
    The naturally nano-engineered carbon fiber models have better graphics, don't require painting, have more immediate variety, store better, are easier to modify/rescale or build from scratch, are usually cheaper (or free), can still challenge you to build detail or realism, lead you to improve your software skills (design, modify, or just repaint), allow "re-dos" by reprinting a page, and are completely recylable.

    Nothing against the cross-linked, hydrogenated, and molded carbon variety - but card is closer to woodworking and building rather than just asembly.

  5. Cyana

    Cyana New Member

    I usually spoil my models when it comes to painting. So card models are my favorits, they usually do not need much painting
  6. dinhonghai

    dinhonghai New Member

    for fun and past time
  7. Erik J

    Erik J Member

    Why card models?

    The first, or second, issue of Scale Modeler magazine (many years ago) had an article on card models marketed by a John Hathaway (remember him?). Well, I send off for the FW-190 by Wilhelmshaven and somehow built it. It was an ugly yellow-green, but it was a card model and was scale. I was hooked and sent for a lot more of them. Yeah, downhill from there. So, here we are today with superb scale models coming out of Poland and great support systems like this forum. I gave up plastic kits years ago and do all I can to draw innocent souls away from the dark Lord of plastic kits.

    Being an engineer, the design instincts kicked in, so I designed a lot of them and even posted a few for others to also enjoy. You can find a Tiger II at 1:100 (wargame scale) and at the Lower Hudson Valley web site is the NCC-1701D from Star Trek. Is this a great hobby, or what! Cut, fold and build...

    - Erik
  8. LeeSCo

    LeeSCo New Member

    I'm a realist and I don't see why a plastic kit or mold of a rare or unusul object should cost a fortune.The Galactica can cost £200 for the official model or I can find a relly good designed model that will look just as good on my shelf for the price of ink cartridges and stiff card.
  9. Hi-Torque

    Hi-Torque Member

    Well (without boring you to much) long years ago when I began my career in aviation, I was a metalsmith. To me, card modeling brings the same pleasure and satisfaction of creating a complex shape from a flat pattern.

    Also, card modeling requires a fair amount of ingenuity to achieve your goal.

    And lastly, as I travel a lot, I can score, cut and paint on the move, storing all my kit away in the same space my shaving bag occupies. :thumb:
  10. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I first started building card models when I was 13, because my mum could not afford to get the "cool" toys and models that other kids had, so I taught myself how to make my own out of card stock. Granted, some of my friend thought I had lost my mind and thought that it was a stupid hobby.
    Later on, I had stopped (not due to the negative comments, but due to lack of time) for awhile, and then recently, I found this forum (as well Papermodelers.com) and started up again.
    I greatly enjoy this hobby. I can not thank the people here (and at Papermodelers.com) enough for all the help and encouragement that all of you have given me (directly or indirectly.).
  11. deadleave

    deadleave New Member

    I started when, Games Workshop models were not released with the codexes. Then it became more nad more fun and addicting.
  12. Peter Epps

    Peter Epps New Member

    I have been making models most of my life. For years I made models professionally. Plastic, resin, wood you name it I have made a model out of it. About 8 years ago I was diagnosed with cancer. This can make a difference in your life for real. One day I was surfing on the net and came across Fiddlers Green web site. I ordered all of these wacky paper models. I was hooked. Then after getting to know Chip, I felt if paper models had guys and gals like him in it there must be something to it. People that are in to it know what it is. Challenges,creativity,details, and not to mention the total immersion of ones self into something so all absorbing is sublime.
  13. techikun

    techikun New Member

    I'm aerospace engineer. I design (some part of) rocket or something like that, but I can't build them. Manufacturing is not my responsibility so I'm not allowed to even touch our products (if not necessary). So, I build card models to satisfy my desire to build something, maybe.
  14. lehcyfer

    lehcyfer Member

    It gives me pleasure to feel how a model takes shape in my hands. It also gives me pleasure when my friends and other modelers say "wow!" :)
  15. gbwhitman

    gbwhitman New Member

    It's simple. It's relaxing. It's inexpensive. It's a skill and an art. It's entertainment. It's time with my two boys. It nastalgic. It keeps me at home. It's travel ready. And mostly, because I can.
  16. leaw

    leaw New Member

    For me it is a number of factors. The fun to cost ratio is unmeasurable, At times it keeps me sane - other times i'm pulling my hair out because a bit is just too fiddly, but thats part of the fun. my kids think i'm cool because they can see and help me make something. My daughter is mad on Doctor who and last night made a Cubee Amy Pond all by herself how many other hobbies can you leave a six year old to choose, obtain and complete on their own (she used scissors NOT a knife for all safety concious readers!!)

    i love this hobby!
  17. Jakar Nilson

    Jakar Nilson New Member

    My (late) grandmother introduced me to card models, with all the neat Dover kits.

    And when I started wargaming, it provided a cheap (and creative) alternative to plastic kits. And I could build what I wanted, from buildings to tanks, ships, planes, and other doohickeys.
  18. papaace

    papaace New Member

    It just makes sents! You save cents to!
  19. weft1630

    weft1630 New Member

    Less guilt

    For me modeling in plastic or wood is more of a shopping activity than model building--shopping for kits, paints, painting gear, after market decals, fillers, surfacers, infinate selection of tools. The stuff collects, fills closets, attics. Some of the money might be recouped, but the only thing worse than buying off eBay is selling on eBay.

    With paper modeling the tools and materials are simple, few, cheap. Limiting myself to downloads (mostly free), kits are all stored on the hard drive.

    With paper modeling AMS is much less of a curse, more gets built.

  20. irjvik

    irjvik New Member

    As I prefer paper to plastic, I builded a ton of plastic kits, I prefer to touch paper.

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