A Bit On Card Models
Paper models or Card models have been around for a long time. Some would date them back as far as the Ancient Pyramids where papyrus boats were placed in tombs. Paper has been used for hundreds of years to build design (or what we would call “concept”} models for architecture and ships. However card models really became a popular hobby after the development of the printing press. Now paper models are going through a renaissance of their own. With the use of computers models designs have become very precise, cheaper to produce and readily available through home printing.
The techniques and tools for building paper models remain pretty basic. Cut, score, fold, shape, roll and glue have been and continue to be all you really need to be able to do to build a paper model. The necessary tools like scissors or hobby knife, glue and perhaps a straight edge ruler make it one of the cheapest hobbies to get involved in. Of course you’ll need a paper model and those are available now both in electronic format ready to print from your home computer printer or you can buy pre-printed models. If you’ve never built a paper model you should probably start simple. A simple Mercury Redstone is available on this site as is a model of our mascot/ spokeshero Rosie Retrorocket.
The subjects available to card modelers are vast and varied. Everything from classic European castles to modern aircraft and even natural subjects like birds abound. Depending on your area of interest you can find models that differ in size from tiny precise and delicate to some so large that they barely fit on a table. Complexities also range from three piece models you can build in a few moments to two thousand piece models you can spend a year building.
If you’re thinking about trying card modeling for the first time I’d encourage you to try a free model that interest you and jump in. I think you’ll find it’s a rewarding hobby. Especially when your friends see what you’ve built and say the words we card modelers hear regularly with great joy “That’s paper?”