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Are you looking for an inexpensive, quiet and creative hobby for you or your family? Do you like to work with your hands? Looking to get more use from your new computer printer?

Consider card modeling!

This page gives a brief introduction to the world of card modeling (also called paper modeling). Make sure you take a moment to visit my free models page and see some card models I have designed! And please leave a comment in my guest book to let me know how you liked this site!

What is card modeling?
The use of paper or card stock to make models is hundreds of years old, and is enjoyed by people around the world. Subjects for card models are as diverse as aircraft, buildings, trains, vehicles and even animals, and the tools can be as simple as a hobby knife, a cutting surface, and some white glue. Creating three-dimensional objects from paper is a fascinating and rewarding challenge. As your experience grows you will find yourself trying new techniques, and building more complex and ambitious projects. Perhaps you will even try designing your own models. From simple kits output on a home printer and built in an evening, to commercially printed models containing thousands of parts and constructed over many months, you are sure to find many that will suit your abilities and budget.

Computers and card modeling
Card modeling has always had a devoted following. Recently, however, interest in card models has increased worldwide due to the advent of the home computer and the internet. Not only can card modelers from around the globe now exchange ideas, but in many cases the models themselves can be obtained in the form of a computer file, and be printed at home on a low-cost printer. Many companies and individuals are now selling or freely offering kits in digital form, and a new generation of designers is creating models using computer-aided-design programs.


Children and card modeling
If your child is old enough to safely use a hobby knife, he or she might get a kick out of card modeling. For school projects or just plain fun, there are a great variety of kits that will appeal to kids of all ages. Because of the use of sharp cutting tools, and the challenge of folding, positioning and gluing parts correctly, parents may wish to assist the child in their first few kits. It's a great opportunity to enjoy some time together away from the television set!


Where do I start?
If you are new to card modeling, there are several online resources to help you get started. Steve Brown's Card Modeling FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) site is probably the largest single source of information for internet card modeling resources. It's quite an extensive page, so use the table of contents to find answers to your questions. Check out my links page for other sites of interest to beginning modelers. The best way to learn is, of course, to jump in and actually build something. Keep it simple to begin with -- the Card Modeling FAQ has links to many free kits that are suitable for beginners.