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

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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
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 (papermodelers.com) and vendor sites like Fentens (which I believe is papermodel.com.au) -- 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.

Cheers

Greg

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