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Louis Coatney17 Mar 2012 4:06 p.m. PST

Look on my and webpages for photos of the WW2 cardstock paper model ships I've designed principally for 1/700 scale, although you can go smaller or larger.

There are also free plans there for Hunt Type 1 and Butler class destroyers, Raubvogel German torpedobooten, Monitor, and the Norwegian Sleipner.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2012 6:40 p.m. PST

Those really look good.


Cadian 7th17 Mar 2012 8:21 p.m. PST

Very nice…will have to change the famous title to " paper ships and minuscule men" ;)

Sergeant Paper18 Mar 2012 11:47 a.m. PST

Great stuff, sir. Your site was one of the first things that got me interested in card modeling.

Louis Coatney18 Mar 2012 3:38 p.m. PST

Thanks, guys. I really appreciate … and need … the encouragement.

Louis Coatney15 Aug 2012 5:54 a.m. PST

I'm thinking of publishing a book of my plans – over 30 now – but photocopying and mailing costs and the 25% Value Added Tax over here in Norway would make the price astronomical.

I have considered selling it as an e-book, but once a plan is e-formated it can be much more easily distributed/pirated.

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Aug 2012 10:13 a.m. PST

once a plan is e-formated it can be much more easily distributed/pirated.

That's true, but limiting the distribution to hard copy only delays the inevitable since all it takes is one unscrupulous person with a scanner to let the cat out of the bag. It happens on such a broad scale already that it's somewhat naive to believe that hard copy is more secure. The possibility of digital piracy is, unfortunately, a reality that we are just going to have to learn to live with, for now. It's not going to go away anytime soon, and the efforts to deal with it (like the ones you have no doubt read about over on are not always very effective, but I don't think that's sufficient reason to stop making worthwhile things and distributing them on the net.

A digital product gives you access to a much larger potential customer base because there's no shipping involved (delays and unreliability, especially internationally) and it can be priced lower (since your costs are lower; no printing/storage/packaging/postage). I'm pretty sure that the potential gains from these reasons would more than offset any losses through illicit digital distribution.

Plus, it's less work. I would encourage you to reconsider.

Louis Coatney11 Feb 2016 9:18 p.m. PST

I've completed the Hunt Type 2 escort destroyer RNoMS Arendal (former HMS Badsworth L03). Let's see if I can figure out a link to it.

It is in its 1945 configuration, when it arrived in liberated Norway in May. Note the distance deceiving side camouflage panel and the radar tower forward of X turret, instead of the searchlight platform.

The prototype's scale is 1:371. :-/ :-)

Note that I discovered COLOR. :-)

MUCH easier to paint/camouflage with the computer than with messy acrylic paints, let alone toxically stinky enamels.


Louis Coatney29 May 2021 7:44 p.m. PST

I have new cardstock model ship plans for IJNS fast battleships Hiei and Kirishima up at


Louis Coatney31 May 2021 7:42 a.m. PST

I've redone it. The gray wasn't dark/evil enough. }:-)

Now for the sheet of 8 Shiratsuyu( destroyer)s. :-)

Louis Coatney31 May 2021 3:54 p.m. PST

And the 8 Shiratsuyus are indeed up at link


Louis Coatney02 Jun 2021 10:41 a.m. PST

… except they were to complex for being so tiny, so I simplified them. Both versions are there.

I also cropped the darkened Hiei and Kirishima, to even on an A4 sheet, they are closer to 1:1200.

Louis Coatney05 Jun 2021 8:40 a.m. PST

Cardstock paper 1:1200 Kirishima test-build in progress.

The complex (and tiny) 2-part/2-column conning tower went perfectly. I had to hold the linking part with tweezers to prevent it tearing at either end, on occasion, but it held. It will look like an even higher pagoda, when the range finders – one of them taller to look over the other – are mounted.

From the Hiei prototype, I learned to glue the boat deck (upon which the conning tower will be glued) onto the foredeck before gluing it to the rest of the hull/ship – to keep both absolutely level.


Gallocelt08 Jun 2021 1:37 p.m. PST

Great design work!



UshCha13 Jun 2021 1:29 a.m. PST

Sir they are really good and your paper skills are awsome.

Louis Coatney23 Dec 2021 12:30 p.m. PST

Thanks for the compliment, UC. :-)

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