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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Have to let you in on a Secret!
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, June 18, 2022 8:50 AM

Hi Ya'll:

      You know of course I fiddle with lots of stuff and media. It's never boring that way. Now, those of you who read this, wonder why I even bother mentioning Card(Paper) modeling. Well, if you go to the thread where a Red ship is pictured you'll see why. There's nothing even close to it in plastic, unless you scratch build her! Soo, card it is. There are many ships from the "Great War" in 1/250 and 1/200 and as many from W.W.2 as well. There's planes and tanks as well. You can grab civilian subjects, even buildings and the same castles offered by Metal Earth in metal. Only thing ,in paper they are bigger!

        I was discussing this with my Doctor( who builds model cars, by the way) and he was telling me ,that is why my old Grey Cells and neurons are still in good shape.I am constantly learning and changing so I am always firing up neurons to solve or change something. He says that is good for anyone past the age of 50 with previous Head Trauma. Mine wasn't the worst, but it put me out of commission for eight months. Building Models, Like for the Crushed hand( Surprisingly no broken bones,but lots of Nerve damage)therapy resulted in some broken models. But , I got full function back after teaching my hand to respond again.that took Eye, Hand, And Mind co-ordination!

       Paper allows you to challenge yourself to remember what you learned in science and art class,in high school. Also after building One paper model you will re learn things you thought you forgot. How many of you Men, I know, Ladies too, Are super present wrappers? That's the kind of skills you use in paper! Think about it.Curling Ribbon, Curling Paper, What's the difference? The Media is all.

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:12 AM

All of the above, and how! YesYesYes

Plus...paper/card is a great medium for 'fiddling.'

Got that 'dream' project that you know you'll want to scratch-build, some day...but you're not sure of the best scale, or exactly where to start, or how to conquer that one (hope it's only one) really tricky stage or assembly? The project that keeps getting put off (tick...tick...tick...) because you're afraid to sink a bunch of capital into materials you're equally afraid you'll end up not using?

Try paper, and something as simple as white glue. Great for turning those grand concepts into 3D reality without blowing the rent. Easy to try 3 or 4 (or 5, or 12) different approaches to find the best one, for almost zero cost and surprisingly little wasted time.

Perhaps best of all...it gives those old 'problem solving' grey cells of which TB speaks a great '20-minute workout' that even slapping together plastic parts can't compare to. The satisfaction of creating some respectable replica of something that literally didn't exist before has to be experienced to be believed.

And...it's FUN!

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
  • Member since
    November 2019
Posted by Humper on Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:36 PM

  OK, question.  TB has been trying to explain this to me for many years. 

 I have limited use of my left hand, don't know how hard or soft I'm holding something, but it still works. I can see the 'picture' of what to do but without the 'feeling' in my hand, how do I overcome being able to roll and fold things?

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, June 19, 2022 5:17 AM

Humper

  OK, question.  TB has been trying to explain this to me for many years. 

 I have limited use of my left hand, don't know how hard or soft I'm holding something, but it still works. I can see the 'picture' of what to do but without the 'feeling' in my hand, how do I overcome being able to roll and fold things?

I have no idea how useful (or not) it may be to your situation, but the only suggestion I can offer comes from a time I was dealing with a several-fingers injury to my right ('good') hand.

I was able to use a fairly heavy-weight metal ruler as a straightedge...holding it down with the injured hand...to make some fairly precise straight folds. I also do much of my 'curling' of pieces, even without injury, using a metal tablespoon against a flat rubber eraser. (This allows some measure of 'compound curves' or 'cupping,' depending on the thickness of the paper.)

That's about it as far as my personal experience. Hope it's at least some help.

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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