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Can anyone tell me about cardboard modelling, i have been looking at the WAK model tanks are they a good cardboard kit and accurate. Is cardboard modelling easy or difficult to do, it looks fiddly. Whats the  best glues to use for cardboard modelling , cutting tools etc. Any hints or tips to watch out for.



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There are many free cardmodels of WW1 subjects at landships.info. These tend to be in smaller scales which are a bit easier to put together 

than the large scale models. [I can tell you a tale about a 1:25 Lebendenko cardmodel but my therapist has counselled against this].

A few things to help you swim in the ocean of cardmodels:

1. Sign up to www.papermodelers.com - if you get into trouble the forum will help.

2. Use PVA glue - I use a "quick set" version. Some people swear by sticky PVA craft glue.

3. Tools are pretty simple - craft knife #11 blades, break off blade utility knife (good for straight edges), steel ruler, cutting mat, scissors are only useful if they 

are very sharp and stable (Fiskars make superb scissors).

4. Edge colouring is something good to do - I use cheap acrylic art paints and match my own colours.

5. If you are going to print out models use 160-180 gsm card and give the printed side a light coat of matt acrylic spray.

6. Start with something simple and build from there.

Example of a 1:50 Saint-Chamond (late) cardmodel attached and also the aforementioned 1:25 Lebedenko

 



-- Edited by CharlieC on Saturday 31st of October 2020 11:23:02 AM

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Thanks CharlieC for your help.

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I was looking at the WAK covenanter WW2 tank, there seemed to be a laser cut version with less bits a little bit cheaper and a slightly more expensive version with more parts which seems you cut out by hand, both kits identical models. Its looks a bit confusing, is thats how WAK kits are supplied a laser cut version and a detailed paper do it yourself hand cut one.

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What lose all the fun of cutting out hundreds of pieces?

Laser cut parts only skips one step you still have to score parts so they can fold accurately and also edge colour.

If the laser power is set a bit high the edges are often burned which is a real pain to get a good edge colouring.

Laser cutting has its place - certainly it makes 1mm frame parts a breeze compared to slogging away hacking through

thick card. Laser cut track elements are nice to have although usually a bit on the pricey side.

WAK models are usually fairly difficult and complex - I wouldn't start with one of those.

Regards,

Charlie

 



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Thanks Charlie, i have joined the forum papermodelers as BC312.

Regards Chris

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