|100% Paper and cardstock|
|Smoke and Mirrors? (Put office wall on backwards)|
|All the parts - printed and some glued to different thicknesses of cardboard|
Make the effort to print out the files to the highest quality. Then spray the printed sheets with a matte varnish - a few coats - to protect the image during construction. There are notes on the sheets as to the desired thicknesses of each part. You will need to glue the parts to either light, medium, or heavy cardboard, but sometimes just the paper only. I used a spray adhesive for this. I sort of jumped a step and printed out the parts on a heavy presentation paper, hoping to skip a step. Ultimately I would have some difficulty making small folds crisply using this type of paper. Once I got the hang of things, the model was fun to build and took maybe four hours total. In part two I'll detail some of the construction pitfalls to avoid and tricks to use.
There is also an American company - Clever Models that make paper kits. They are all American versions and some look to be quite nice, but if I had to compare the two, I think I like the Scale Scenes better - They seem to have more layers to them, with varying thicknesses too. Their interiors are also excellent. Look at the interior of the massive train station model they sell and you'll see what I mean. The prices are a little cheaper than Clever but not by much for individual kits. I think the Clever kits don't give you a variety of surface textures to choose from. There were two things the Clever does that bothered me more than a little - first, on their Freebie page they ask for donations. What? So it's free, but we are going to guilt you into paying us for the model anyway. And secondly, they charge less for n-scale and more for o-scale versions - what's that about? Aren't we talking about a computer file? I assume they just draw this thing once and then adjust the scale, or rather the computer adjusts the scale, so why does it cost more? Don't get me wrong, I will likely try a few of the Clever kits eventually, but a little bit shady on a few counts.
I leave you with another project - My wife interrupted my modeling (and dared to enter the man cave) to have me dry brush her shoe. There was a very small scuff and I had to restore the leopard spots to their glory using some acrylic paints. I don't think I'll do a full blog on this one....