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Scale Modeling in Paper

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Card Modeling or Paper Modeling is the art of creating scale models with paper. Models are built up from appropriately colored, cut, and folded pieces of paper, usually a stiff cardstock. Many models are available as kits, with pre-printed pieces to be cut out and assembled by the modeler. It's also possible to build entirely from scratch.

Anything can be modeled in paper, but the most common subjects are buildings and vehicles. Buildings are a very popular subject and well suited to the medium. Kits are available of many famous buildings and castles. There are also many kits available in common model railroad scales, suitable for inclusion in a railroad layout. Aircraft and ships (both civil and military) are also popular.

Paper models can be surprisingly sturdy, and can stand up to handling well. They derive their strength from their structure; even seemingly flimsy paper can be strong when it's shaped properly.

The basic elements of a card model are cylinders or cones. The cylinders can be square or rectangular in section, as buildings usually are, or they can be round or oval, as in an aircraft fuselage. They can even be polygonal--a castle tower may have five or more sides. Cylinders can be tapered, and a cylinder which tapers to a point is a cone. Again, the cones can be square (like pyramids) or round in section.

Most paper models are built up from these simple elements. Once you've mastered the basic skills, more complicated shapes can be formed from these basic ones. Shapes involving compound curves, such as a ship's hull, are built by forming an appropriately shaped paper skin over a framework (much as a real ship is constructed.)

The basic operation of paper modeling are

* cutting, with scissors or a knife,
* scoring and folding,
* bending, and
* gluing.

If you can use scissors, you can build a paper model.

Only a few simple tools are necessary for constructing card models. A complete set of tools can easily fit into a cigar box. Only a small space is required for construction, or for storage of unbuilt models. This makes it an ideal hobby for people with small homes, or students in dorm rooms. It's easy to pack all the necessary tools and several kits into a small case, so you can easily travel with your hobby.

The hobby is also economical. Kits are inexpensive, and no specialized or expensive tools are needed. An entire village of HO scale buildings can be had for less than $10. Of course, some kits are expensive, but even the most expensive are much cheaper than a plastic model of comparable complexity.

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