Scratch modelling buildings in card.

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Scratch modelling buildings in card.

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Post by The Sligo Rover » Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:28 pm

Help again please, can any of you experienced chaps recommend a web site or a scource of information for a beginner who is trying his hand at some basic card modelling, thank you.

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Post by Chuffchuff » Fri May 01, 2020 2:22 pm

This site has a few links to free downloads that can be either printed direct onto card, or paper then stuck on card.

I sourced my card mainly from Amazon as I was looking for 2, 1, 0.5 mm thick card. Card thickness is not the same as weight. Some weights (grams/metre square) can give different thicknesses of card , depending on manufacturers. Cereal packets are a good source but tend to curl because the are printed on one size.

Web search for “ model card building tip hint” brings up useful information.

Sharp scissors, blades, Elastoplast and PVA glue all help.

Rgds

Oops forgot. https://modelrailwayengineer.com/free-m ... ding-kits/

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Post by cheshire lines » Fri May 01, 2020 4:19 pm

I started my making a few Metcalfe kits, as I found the instructions easy to follow and gives you an idea as to how to use strengthening pieces and tabs etc. to help keep the models square.
After that I made a few basic huts etc. using pre-printed brick and roof sheets or downloadable ones from the internet, before moving on to more complex buildings such as a goods shed (based on drawings I found in an edition of Railway Modeller a few years ago) and a loco shed (based on photos of ones in my local area).

One tip - change your scalpel blades often as it's surprising how card makes them go blunt.

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Post by Forfarian » Fri May 01, 2020 5:15 pm

http://www.wordsworthmodelrailway.co.uk

Plenty of stuff to pick from on here
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Post by Bandit Mick » Sun May 03, 2020 8:59 pm

I had a go at two Metcalfe kits first. Then I threw myself in at the deep end and made an aqueduct as a scenic break. It was then that the swearing started. As stated before, sharp blades are needed. Also a steel rule and glue which doesn’t go off too quickly. Give it a go - the sense of achievement is enormous and you have a one off model.

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Post by General DeGaulle » Thu May 07, 2020 11:27 am

Have you tried using foamboard? Architectural modellers use this. I find that the 4mm sheets, which measure about 50 x 100 cm, make a good sturdy model and once built, use Metcalf brick or stone card to finish off. A sheet costs around a fiver (last time I bought some). Available in artist supply shops.

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Post by The Sligo Rover » Thu May 07, 2020 9:01 pm

Thank you to everybody for the replies. I am familiar with the kits mentioned and have tried them.
What I was really after was a bit of guidance on scratch building, perhaps a good book or web site that you could recommend. Thank you again to all.

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Post by davidrivett » Wed May 13, 2020 9:59 pm

I found that trial and error work, why not build a prototype or shell for practise then use stronger card when confident?

i used any old card - packing card, cerial or delivery boxes - and good old glue stick. Once happy I've made the proper frame then used card sheets such as metcalfe brick to decorate.

i would recommend clothes pegs to nip the glue in place and definitely a sharp scalpel with replacement blades, cutting mat and strong ruler!

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Post by Forfarian » Sat May 23, 2020 9:10 pm

Amazon boxes are a great source of card and good quality.
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