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Discussion in 'General Card Modeling' started by Experimental Designs, Sep 12, 2012.
This subject isn't an issue on this forum. I'd like to see that tank you built!
I have it somewhere. I'll check it's condition and post some pictures.
Start a separate thread with the tank, if you do find the pics of it, and anything else you may have pics of.
My builds are either prototypes of my own designs or rescales of 'established' models by others, in either case I often incorporate such things as coffee stirs, cocktail straws or wooden chopsticks as reinforcing 'stiffeners' to ease assembly.
I sometimes make auto gyros that can be thrown, and if thrown right, gently land, every time. Guaranteed soft landing if the are thrown off tall buildings. Some pics of the rotor design I developed and a mock up. These flew great. I lost some in New York City when the updrafts just took them away. One bad throw, and then it is way too much time making a rotary wing! As long as you allow for the glades to flap, pivot forward and backwards, and understand why this must happen, and adjust the trailing edge of the rotors appropriately, tilt the rotor back and slightly to the right, in spinning counterclockwise, you should have no trouble making one.
When I built the model of John Lennon's 1958 Rickenbacker guitar, I used Horse hair for the strings instead of cutting VERY thin strips of paper. It ain't cheating if it's built the way YOU want it built.
Use whatever you think will work. I am a beginner at this and I started it because it looked like fun. If you make it not fun, why do it? It's your paper and ink - rock it any way you want!:thumb:
That guitar is beautiful!!
Thanks, it almost turned out as well as I wanted. almost
I know I'm late for saying this (necro-post incoming) but thank you all for you input. I have thought about the rules of modeling and after making some efforts of my own and against my own best intentions I have stubbornly stuck with being a purist but within reason.
There is no greater substitute for paper crafting other than paper. Aesthetically I can appreciate other's open mindedness about the subject matter and I am very grateful for your contributions.
Actually, since you are the original poster, it is not necroposting. Gotta come up with a word that describes the action better.
On the subject, some people here make paper models that are played with, so they are also paper toys. I think that is why you see other than paper materials. It's all subjective.
Very true, it is very subjective.
However my models are probably designed towards miniature wargaming than anything or at least 80% of my works at least.
No photos yet unfortunately. I am withholding for personal reasons until I think my work is ready for the public. Call me paranoid.
BEST ANSWERS ever. As a newbie (although a 45 y.o.), I am really afraid of even showing my beginner's work here, but you know what? I'm in it for the FUN!!! But I have a different rule #2 from fishBait: my harshest critics are my boys, a 11 y.o. and a 03 y.o., so if it's not a rule, then do what you have to do!
Greetings from Brazil!
Thank you all for the feedback.
If the wire makes it look MORE realistic, do it
For me "paper modelling" doesn't mean "only paper" it means "paper based", so no, not "cheating".
However, if you build a big or complicated model and only use paper as internal reinforcement, making the build more difficult, you should get a wee bit extra kudos.
You live by the sword, you die by the sword.
Again it comes from being a purist.
I'm at the point if I have to use something other than paper then don't mention anything about it. What they don't know can't hurt me.
I know that sounded cloak and dagger, well... a model maker needs to have his secrets and some fun on top of it all. :thumb:
In my defense I use very little that isn't paper or cardstock in my latest models. Since 2011 if I used anything is makes less that 10% of the entire model. In my inventory I've used: Plastic wrap, foam shavings, small guage wire, toothpicks, wooden kabob sticsk, fishing liner, melted plastic bottles, aluminum foil, wax paper, paper clips, and rubber bands.
Yeah, I've done some really awful cheating in my late model making career...
Still not ready to show pictures. Too many of you would hate me.
By all means, please show off your work. No one here will hate you (if the do, then that is on them). As you see there are MANY modelers who use things that are not paper to enhance their models. I am one of those people, So there is nothing wrong with doing such. Do what you feel is the right thing to do to make your models the way that you want them to look. If that means that you need to use a paper clip, a plastic stir-stick, a toothpick, an empty ink cartridge from a BIC pen, or what ever else you can think of for your model, then so be it.
NO ONE will penalize you for it (and if they try to, they will have to deal with me).
This is a hobby to be ENJOYED! So do so and have fun.
As Bobby McFerrin once said: "Don't worry be HAPPY"!
hey after all it is YOUR hobby. Play the game however you want to play it.