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Building " Paper" Models

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  • Member since
    August 2008
Building " Paper" Models
Posted by tankerbuilder on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 10:04 AM

Well ;

    Now here's something so far not addressed .How do you build the things ? Good question , right?

    I will tell you of my experiences , without trying to sound like a master here , which I am not . Remember I've worked in wood ( to many years to count ) and plastic and some Resin .So my intro to paper modeling was a fluke .

    I had a friend who's living situation was like mine now . He got room and board from a friend . He liked modeling , but had not the space to do much .One day while visiting him , he brings out and sets in my palm the neatest tiny model of an F-4-J fighter aircraft . It had landing gear , gear doors ,tires and weapons load too .

     It was only about 3/4" long !

    That's when he invited me into his room .He was a very private person . There on his desk , hull and deck done ,a very finely detailed model of an American " Four-Stacker" Destroyer .Full hull too!.

    He gave me a patrol boat on a sheet of paper . Saying ," Take it home , but on your way stop at " Micheal's" and get some Aleen's Tacky Glue . I did and then just studied the thing  .I was supposed to roll tubes thin enough for mast and cross-tree plus the torpedoes .What ? Well , that what the instructions said .There was a sheet he gave me that was printed up by Paper Models International in Beaverton , Oregon . They were at that time the sole distributor of these things in the U.S. No Longer with us I am afraid .Too bad too !

     Following the instructions I got this little ship done and was totally fascinated with the assembly sequence and the fact that by cutting carefully , shaping diligently and gluing sparingly I had a darned nice little model .It was also my first subject in 1/350 ! In full color too ! I bought felt tip pens in the colors recommended and there were no white edges anywhere .It was Fun !

 In the next post I will tell you step by step ( without Photos, I still haven't found anyone with the time to sit and show me  ) how I did it . You will be amazed .     T.B.         P.S. Except for pictures of basic cones and folds there were no photo's in the instructions either !

  • Member since
    October 2014
Posted by Captain Crunch on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 10:31 PM

Sounds like a good experience! I got into paper models due to the simplicity of construction and minimal construction supplies required. I've actually produced some fine models while flying all over the world for a living. With practice and experience, I think it is possible to rival the detail and realism of high-end plastic and resin models.

  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Fresno
Posted by AT6 on Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:54 PM

I've seen pictures of amazing models, especially in European model shows.

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, December 25, 2014 9:33 AM

I absolutely love paper ship models. As with plastic kits, experience will not only improve skills but give some insight into the better companies. For example, HMV produces ships that, in many ways, are far better than plastic kits in terms of detail and selection. And, there is no chemical odor that families have to get used to.  I love these kits!


  • Member since
    August 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Sunday, February 1, 2015 2:41 PM


   Who is HMV ? Tell me, please ?  Tanker - Builder


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