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Re: Does anyone here dabble with paper model ships ?
Hi The other Craig;
If you see the merits of paper modeling, take a look at "papermodelers.com." There are models of just about everything, very well done. There are also design threads, and a section of free downloads. Some are not very good, but some are superb and you would be hard put to beat the price.
After modeling ships in plastic and resin for over 40 years, I've made a switch to working in the paper medium. Has anyone else done so ?
I have reasons as to why I enjoy paper, now that I'm older now.
Between the price of the plastic or resin kit (always in 1:700 scale), the after market brass parts, paints, reference materials and so on.... I'd have spent usually around $200. furnishing all I'd need to make a decent replica. I can work in a larger scale, 1:200, and have everything I need for less than $100., usually. In paper, it is what it is, no need for paints, reference material- it's all there for you to get started. Scissors, Xacto knife, glue & toothpicks, some dowels and away you go. I am currently working on the Italian light cruiser Scipione Africano, and it's just amazing what you can accomplish working with paper/card stock.
If this reads like a confession, well, in some sense I guess it is. Has anyone here made the switch like I did ? And the best part ? When you tell people that the model is made of paper- to the uninitiated, IT BLOWS THEIR MINDS !! 😜
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