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    It is my goal to make 2015 the year of the paper model I think todays paper and card structures can fit in with some of the best models out there and to expose you to todays paper I am willing to give away my farm house Although this uses textures from Clever Models it is my design I am not a manufacture only a modeler who enjoys paper model building and desigining If you would like a copy please contact me by Email and let me know what scale Paul
    paul egri

  • #2
    How about posting a picture?
    Johnathan (Catt) Edwards

    100% Michigan made


    • #3
      I'm not one who cares for the paper models. They look great in a picture but in person the lack of 3D doesn't work for me, they are O.K. for background buildings I guess.


      • #4
        Tyson, I definitely agree with you at a certain level. I wonder, would it be enough for your eye to add cast windows and doors?


        • #5
          Like anything else .. 'it depends'. I personally don't do much of 'pure' paper modeling. Instead .. I think of paper/cardstock as just another modeling medium. I prefer a multi-media approach myself.

          this Clever Models kit is an example. The tarpaper roof is from the kit .. a printed board roof with a printed/torn paper tarpaper. The clampboard sides are cardstock that has been cut out two-boards tall and overlayed one board. The trim is stripwood and the windows Tichey.


          • #6
            Everything you see here is from Clever Models .. and yes .. I messed up with the trim up top. The only thing not paper is the 'glass' .. which is clear plastic but the door etc. is all paper.

            closer look. Notice I never got around to adding a 3d-effect to the door handle it still being printed.

            and .. mounted on a strip-wood platform. I will argue the point that it can't be an 'up front' model.


            • #7
              Those are some nice buildings. Like you, I think the most successful use of paper is as a building material, rather than a full printed fascade. Specifically I am thinking of the structures Troels Kirk has so elegantly done for his Coast Line RR.


              • #8
                And may I point out that he posted this in "small" scale. If he is working "N" or smaller the lack of 3d might result in better looking models.

                Let him try it first.
                It's only make-believe


                • #9
                  The trick to using paper, is building it up exactly like Ed, (eTraxx) has demonstrated.

                  A built up Clever model with Tichey/or scratch windows, doors, trim etc, can stand

                  next to a scratch build or a kit and hold it's own if constructed correctly....

                  To do one correctly requires more cutting and gluing then a regular build., and takes more time.

                  to complete. Clever and Evans paper models are great way to populate a start-up layout and develop

                  scratch and kit building skills and techniques. I personally made many paper models before becoming proficient

                  in scratch building. The perfected ones remain on my layout and receive positive accolades from visitors the same

                  as the more expensive structures and equipment....



                  • #10
                    As long as your Exacto blades or single edge razor blades are sharp you can do all sorts of layering tricks with cardstock.I have a O scale house for my On30 layout that most folks think have Tichy windows because they are actually made with four copies of the "kit" windows.The screen doors actually have screen in them.

                    The real trick with cardstock is layering the cardstock to get 3-D items as shown by several of the buildings posted elsewhere in this thread.

                    Johnathan (Catt) Edwards

                    100% Michigan made


                    • #11

                      Originally posted by thayer

                      Tyson, I definitely agree with you at a certain level. I wonder, would it be enough for your eye to add cast windows and doors?

                      That helps and layering as Catt said also helps.


                      • #12
                        About twenty years ago I saw an exhibit in San Francisco titled "The Art of Star Wars." In addition to conceptual drawings and other great artwork, they had many of the actual production models on display. What really struck me at the time was how seemingly complex they were, though when you really took the time to look at them it was pretty clear that most of the "detailing" was really just layered card stock or styrene under paint, casting shadows and giving texture. It was quite an eye opener, and a lesson I have tried to keep with me since then.

                        Printed paper can give some great visual effects, and coupled with a little layering the effect can be very convincing.