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Gallocelt03 Feb 2021 3:28 p.m. PST

I have recently put together a scenery piece that I would describe as an enhanced paper model. It is patterned after half-timbered houses built in what is now western Germany (Rhine area) late 16th Century or later. I am no expert at historical architectural design but this is my latest try at it.

As is usual to my technique, I computer design a textured house exterior and print it on card stock. This is then glued to foam core or cardboard. I've attempted to improve this model by enhancing it with various details made with paint, wood, foam, or putty. For instance, the chimney is modular, made of paper covered wood, and simply pulls out of the roof to facilitate storage.


I plan to make two more German-style houses (same time period), one will be a row house group, also half-timbered. The other house is almost finished and I'll be placing a photo of that model on this forum at a later time.

I should point out that the almost-completed model in the picture is quite sturdy and has been coated with a clear textured finish. Next on the list is to base the model and add some stone stairs, probably static grass, broken beer kegs, etc.



Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2021 5:10 p.m. PST

Very, very nice. Your are very talented.

Gallocelt04 Feb 2021 9:17 a.m. PST

Thanks, Extrabio. I should have a photo of my second German house in a few days.



79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 7:07 a.m. PST

Agreed. Very nice work. Much better than I could have done.

Gallocelt21 Feb 2021 12:23 p.m. PST

Here is another enhanced paper house. Also in 15mm scale, it's built the same way as I described earlier. The house has a gambrel roof which was typical in renaissance Germany. In North America the common term for that style is "Dutch roof."

Like my other model German house, this one is jettied.


I am currently working on some German row houses of the same period, (late 16th early 17th century).



Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Mar 2021 5:27 p.m. PST

Very nice modeling work.

Gallocelt04 Mar 2021 8:34 a.m. PST

Hello Der Alte Fritz and 79thPA

Thanks for your compliments. Recently, I have tried to improve my paper modeling, especially the texturing. My first paper models had rather simple textures. I am enjoying using photographic textures, like those used for computer 3D virtual models. I'm still experimenting on how 2D and 3D can interact.

My latest "German" architectural model will be a set of small row houses, also meant to suggest the 17th century period. I'm hoping I don't get too many things wrong since I have no background in historical architecture and only have the internet to use for references.



Gallocelt22 Mar 2021 12:01 p.m. PST

I've finished yet another enhanced paper model, this time some 17th century German row houses. Like the other models, the chimneys are removable to facilitate storage.




Baranovich23 Mar 2021 6:02 p.m. PST

Those look amazing!!

Gallocelt23 Mar 2021 7:44 p.m. PST

Thanks, Baranovich. I'm thinking of recessing the windows and doors on the next models. I'm trying to gain skills for my next project, a small German schloss – same period.



Badgerlock24 Mar 2021 12:14 p.m. PST

Those row houses look great! I think recessing the doors and windows would probably be worth the effort if you can get the reveals to look right.

Gallocelt24 Mar 2021 4:41 p.m. PST

Thanks for the encouragement, Badgerlock. Currently I'm putting together a commercial plastic model from Kibri (a German company) that looked Seventeenth century enough for me to buy it. I was delighted that it appears smaller than HO scale, quite compatible with my 15mm stuff. I am getting some ideas from that model as to how to recess the doors and windows.

When the Kibri model is finished, I should have a reasonable "Rathaus" for my small German town. I'll post a picture but that will go into scenery since it's not a paper model.



Marcus Maximus29 Apr 2021 2:40 a.m. PST

These are excellent! Well done :)

Gallocelt01 May 2021 7:18 p.m. PST

Hi Marcus Maximus,

Thank you for the compliment. I have just begun work on a enhanced paper model for a small town German church. It will be in a simplified gothic style.



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