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Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2011 9:11 p.m. PST

Card Stock buildings are they any good? How do they look with resin buildings and how sturdy are they? And how hard are they to put together.

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jul 2011 11:06 p.m. PST

Unless you're the kind of person who failed cut-and-paste in elementary school, they're a cinch. Fast and easy.

Your other questions have already been addressed, here and (oddly enough) on the Paper Modeling Board.

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VonTed25 Jul 2011 4:35 a.m. PST

We have a Paper Modeling Board?

ScoutII Inactive Member25 Jul 2011 5:36 a.m. PST

Like a lot of things though…it depends.

Some paper models are not much more than a collection of cubes that you can put together in your sleep. Others have much more fiddly bits that can try your patience.

The sturdiness will depend both on the design as well as the material that you decide to print on. Thicker materials tend to be more sturdy, while thinner materials are less so. Some designs include gussets and braces to prevent them from buckling, or utilize another method of creating a stronger building.

Compared to resin or scratch built buildings…they are a bit 2 dimensional. While a lot of people will use the buildings as they come, I tend to use them as a template to build off from. Adding strip wood, plasticard, tubing and the like in order to cause the detailing to pop.

For example, while a normal paper model house might have downspouts printed on it as flat detailing, I will take a bit of tubing and create downspouts that are actually sticking out. Same goes for most other things that would stick out from the building proper. It adds a bit of time and expense, but it really does make the buildings look that much better.

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jul 2011 7:00 a.m. PST

VonTed: You probably just read the boards from the homepage, and never wander through the menus, huh? It's here:

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Those are good tips, Scoutll! Depending on the architectural style of the building, there may not be a lot of detailing to work with. However, you can always enhance the 3-dimensionality of a cardstock building by at least recessing the windows, and raising details like shutters and half-timbering. You can do that without adding other materials or making the construction much more difficult or time-consuming; for a couple ideas on how to do this, have a look at the cardstock building tutorial on my Workbench page (right hand column, 2nd item down):

ScoutII Inactive Member25 Jul 2011 7:29 a.m. PST

Yeppers…another thing I forgot to mention that is along the same lines…

If I am putting them together for other people (yes…truthfully, there are people who are too lazy to put together there own card stock buildings) I will print two copies of the building (or whatever). The first copy I put together like normal, the second copy I cut out the details from and use those to glue to the first copy to add depth. In the case of the Timber Framed house in your tutorial, it would be stuff like the timber framing, the door and window frames and then a few of the stones on the chimney. Touch up the edges with a marker and it is good to go.

Sharp scalpel and a small amount of patience…plus the cost of ink and paper is all that method adds to things.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member25 Jul 2011 8:11 a.m. PST

I like them. Try the World Works Games line,,,
They have great video tutorials online…

Pat Ripley Fezian25 Jul 2011 1:43 p.m. PST

hey war artisan you have way too much time on your hands if you're doing rigging on paper boats. your pdf page is coming up at my end as broken. is it me or you?

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jul 2011 9:48 p.m. PST


They're opening up fine for me; must be something on your end. Try right-click and save, and see if they open up from your hard drive.

As for the rigging, can you look at the results and honestly say it's not worth an hour (or less) of time to add something like that to your fleet? Way worth it.

And I don't have that much time on my hands, or it wouldn't take me months to complete a new model design.

Pat Ripley Fezian26 Jul 2011 4:24 a.m. PST

that worked better. nice trick with the timbers cut out of card.

Pijlie Inactive Member26 Jul 2011 12:47 p.m. PST

For an example see the picture below:


Almost all buildings in this picture are cardstock, except the gas station. The apartment blocks are among the most effective and as difficult to make as glueing a box together.

Omemin Inactive Member27 Jul 2011 12:00 p.m. PST

I have cardstock buildings for WWII in 15mm and the Old West in 28mm (thank you, Eric Hotz!).

For the WWII ones, construction is generally easier. I also print them off a second time at 95% size, the cut them up as ruined versions that slip inside the whole ones.

The Old West buildings have floorplans for the interiors, which is great.

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