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P.E.- Or why isn't there P.E. for Papermodels?

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P.E.- Or why isn't there P.E. for Papermodels?
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, January 11, 2021 11:34 AM

P.E. interesting Stuff;

   I have all kinds of 1/350-1/700 A little 1/400 and a very little 1/192.

   My question is this. With so many 1/400 and 1/250 paper models that can be gorgeous with scale rails and ladders, No one caters to the Paper-Model builder. This also goes for the 1/200 crowd. Many ships are 1/250 or 1/200.

   Where's the P.E. Rails and Ladders for them? Think of how beautiful many of the Liners and Freighters in 1/400 would be with P.E. There is also a market that I see for P.E. for warships and also general equipment-Masts-Catapults-Flight deck supports etc.

 The paper model is not for beginners, that is for sure. When you get into the more complex ships it can be a handful. Sure, there are many that are beautifully lithographed, but really lacking in surface detail. It's all printed on there.( Buildings especially).

  One of the things I have noticed though is this lack of P.E. for the genre. Help?

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Monday, January 11, 2021 12:03 PM

The Quick answer is sales VOLUME.


Plastic kits are sold by the 10's of 1,000's, paper models.... aren't, so there is a market for kit-specific PE & resin.


I tend to re-scale the card kits I have built to 1/48th scale, so even then, I wouldn't be in the market for the card-kit specific PE, etc., & you could re-scale your floaty-boat things to a common scale?


Some of the Polish card kits are available with Laser cut (still card, mostly) frames & Vacform Canopies, but I don't know about ships.


I suggest you look up the Model Shipwright sites, & search for WEM especially, as there are generic PE sets for railings & stairs in the various common scales.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Monday, January 11, 2021 12:20 PM

Actually, there are loads of detail sets -- both PE and laser-cut -- primarily for paper model ships. They're harder to find, however, because they're virtually all done by European manufacturers for that market. Check places like the Paper Modelers Forum ( and vendor sites like Fentens (which I believe is -- you may be surprised how much is available.

There are also 'generic' detail sets, mainly railings and ladders, in most of the common paper ship scales.

I used an HMV-made P-E set on their 1/250 USS Maine which I built last year. I might have been able to scratch or source things like lifeboat frames and railings...but having made-for-the-model rigging/ ratlines was a huge convenience, worth the price of the set for those alone.



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