Card Modeling or
is artform being used to create 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.
Among the benefits:
Low cost option for multiple buildings
Tool requirements are minimal.
Materials easily located
Models easily modified
Structures weigh nearly nothing
Techniques easily mastered
Buildings easily duplicated
I have just gotten interested in card modeling
for model railroad buildings and believe me, there are a trainload of
options. There are kit producers working in almost all scales and in
almost every era and region.
The above video, posted on YouTube
illustrates the realism possible with this medium, a realism present in
many of the kit offerings.
But there is also the Do-It-Yourself versions with software to actually
build your building the way you wish and in the scale you desire.
You produce the separate walls with doors and windows where you want
Once you have the individual walls set the way you wish them to be,
simply print the page on 80# to 110# card stock.
Models are designed for speed of construction: most cuts are straight
line cuts. Use a straight-edged ruler to fold corners. Glue all the tabs
to their corresponding sides or into their corresponding slots, and your
model will be complete in a very short space of time. Use a white glue
(normally used for paper) for your construction -- white glue usually
bonds within a minute.
Here are some examples of models available in kit form:
Now that I have had a chance to work with Model Builder Software and Evan Designs, its developer I find the aspect of being able to build the structures I need to the dimensions I have available one of the greatest benefits of card modeling.
For so many layout applications, I have tried to stretch plastic models to cover an area or cut the base or top of a model to fit it into a scene that I realize how great it is to have the flexibility of being involved in the design process.
In the layout I am working on there is a piece or real estate between two tracks that is triangular in shape because of a switch machine. I have always found the flat iron style building really neat. Now I can design it the way I want om my computer.
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