Showing posts with label Paper Models. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paper Models. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Free Models From the Web - Spacecraft PAPER MODELING

In a previous article, I discussed how I discovered the wonderful world of paper (or card) models available for download. You simply download a graphic file, print it on your inkjet printer and assemble with glue. While this medium will never replace plastic models, there is a lot to say for a model format that offers you unlimited replacement parts, scale adjustability, and usually is, well, free.

Photo  by el cajon yacht club 

If you love space ships, as I do, there is a great variety of space models free for download. Whether you want a model based on a move, TV show or reality, you can probably find it. Currell Graphics features models of the (pre-spaceage) V-2 rocket from WWII and the SpaceShipOne. The Lower Hudson Valley Paper Model features some great models of NASA craft in their "Real Space" section, including several versions of the Space Shuttle, the upcoming Ares moon craft and even a 4 foot tall Saturn V Apollo rocket.

You'll find many card model available based on spaceships of movies and TV. An easy starter would be Erwin de Jong's saucer from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" at Cut & Paste Sci-Fi. A fairly new model on the web is a very detailed version of the Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey that is several feet long when finished. Battlestar Gallactia (both versions) are well covered, as are several other popular and less well-known shows. My last count was at least 40 downloadable models available depicting "Star Wars" craft, from a small and simple Tie Fighter to a very detailed At-At walker. The "Star Trek" franchise takes the ribbon for the most free model downloads on the web. I've documented about 100 and I'm sure there are many more around.

Constructing space models in paper is basically the same as building other card models. The trickiest part tends to be in matching the joints of cylindrical hull sections. I like to complete each section, dry it and fit the next section to the previous one. And while many card model files include bases, I almost always prefer to suspend them by nylon thread from the ceiling. You can poke holes along the hull during assembly and embed buttons inside with the thread tied to it. Doing this in 2 places along the length allows 2 contact points for the string for easy leveling. An easier method is to simply locate the center of gravity of the finished model and tie the thread around that section of the fuselage. Transparent thread will be basically invisible.

A couple of good places to start looking for free space-oriented card models are Free Paper Toys and The Lower Hudson Valley Paper Model Giftshop.

    Wade Watson enjoys collecting movie-related models and props. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

SPACECRAFT Models Made of Paper

Model building has been around along time. Ever since people first built ships to sail the oceans, someone wanted a model of it. Ship models from all over the world have been found by archaeologists. The Greeks, Egyptians and Phoenicians were some of the most prolific ship model builders. Most model boats in history were made of wood.

Papermodel Spacecraft - Photo by el cajon yacht club 
Today there are many types to build. Polystyrene is a very popular model material. While most are easy to glue together the main challenge is to paint them nicely. There is also resin and wood models to name a couple.

One building material for models often over looked is paper. Paper can make a very durable and detail model. To look at them, one would not think they were made of paper. There are some really great paper models available for free downloading. There are great models of ships, planes, tanks and spacecraft to download.

Building paper models is something any one with any level of skill can do. Some of them are easier to do than others. Some will have instructions included, some will not.You will start to know how they go together after you do a few.

You can find paper models of things not available any where else, like space probes. Space probes made of polystyrene are hard to find. Sure you can get a model of one if you want to spend $300 for a "museum quality" model. But do you really need a model of the Galileo space probe that bad?

With a some effort you will have the satisfaction of having created a great looking model for only a few pennies. Painting is not a problem, all you need is a color printer and all the details are done for you. While paper models are inexpensive they are still great looking and fun to build.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Free Models From the Web - Finding and Building PAPER MODELS

As a kid, I spent countless hours building plastic model kits and have always loved models and model building. As an adult, my time is more limited, but I’ve continued to envy models of all kinds. Some years ago, I stumbled upon a new twist on an old hobby: paper models you can download from the Internet.

You’ve probably seen those architectural paper models in the bookstore that only require cutting out and gluing together. This concept has come into the computer age. Now, there are countless paper models available on the web as graphic files. You simply download the file and print out the pages on your color ink jet printer. Then it’s just a matter of cutting out the pieces and assembling your model. Even better, most of these models are free!

Why Paper?

Don’t think these models are like flimsy paper dolls or unrealistic and boxy. A few are, but most of them are cleverly designed and a joy to behold when completed. Some will have your friends scratching their heads in disbelief when you tell them their paper. I like the fact that their light weight makes suspending even larger aircraft models from the ceiling easy.

Paper model of Mount Vernon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Building a card model has many advantages over traditional model building I like. I love that they are don’t require painting and can be assembled with common white glue. If you mess up a part, you can replace it easily by just printing out the page again.

What sort of models can you download free from the web? Because card models go straight from the designer to the builder, the range of subjects is much greater than it is for production models. You can find card models (as builders call them) depicting all sorts of vehicles, buildings, and even animals. Movie and TV subjects are among the most popular. You can find free models of the Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Graf Zepplin, the starship Enterprise (all versions), or a grand sailing ship.

Where Do You Find them?

Once you start looking, you will find card models everywhere. Here are some tips to start: Doing a Google search of a subject with “paper model” on the line will almost always tell if it’s available online. There are a few great link sites and some sites full of professionally designed models, such as Canon Creative Park. There’s a great forum called the Zealot Hobby Forum ( full of model links, reviews and advice. Another good trick is to use the Google Reader RSS reader. In Reader, click the “Add a subscription” button and type in “paper model”. Cull through the feeds and subscribe to them. This way, you’ll be up on many new models that have just been posted.


Most paper model downloads are available as PDF files, which can be viewed and printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader or some other reader such as Foxit Reader (which I like). These usually offer all model files in a single multipage file. Usually, the author includes directions, too, though with downloads, sometimes you have to do some interpretation. Otherwise, a model may be a folder of JPG graphic files, easily printed from any graphic viewer. Rarely, a model will be offered in the PDO format, which can only be viewed and printed after installing the Pepakura Viewer. Pepakura is a program used by some designers to create card models.


Card models are best printed using a good high resolution color ink jet printer. Laser printers are not very good for model printing because they deposit powdered toner on the page which tends to crumble when bent.


Building a paper model does not require any special tools. Have a bench or table someplace where you can leave an in-progress model out of harms way during assembly. You can cut out model pieces with scissors, but it’s best to go by the craft shop and pick up one of those plastic cutting mats. a 12 inch by 12 inch mat is fine. A good X-Acto knife is best, too. If you don’t want white paper edges showing on your model, there are a couple of ways to fix that. You can use a set of colored pencils or markers to carefully color just the edge. I prefer watercolors for this, so I can thin the color to a shade closer to that of the printed surface.

Any kid’s watercolor set will do, but it helps to pick up a very fine brush for this. Any white PVA glue will do. I use Alene’s Tacky Glue, but Elmer’s and others work fine. For gluing small parts, I use toothpicks: the flat sided type. Q-Tips are good for gluing larger areas. Pick up a metal ruler for cutting straight line edges. If you’ve never done this, practice a bit before trying it on your model page. Another good thing to have is a can of spray-on fixative or varnish to set the water-based inks on the page before assembly.

There are free paper model downloads that can be assembled in a few minutes and others that can take weeks. Try one. Paper modeling may not replace plastic modeling, but it can be a fun variation of your model-building routine.

Wade Watson enjoys collecting movie-related models and props. You will find his list of hundreds of free movie/TV-related card model downloads listed by title at

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