In a earlier write-up, I discussed how I discovered the great globe of paper (or card) models offered for download. You simply download a graphic file, print it on your inkjet printer and assemble with glue. Although this medium will never replace plastic models, there is a lot to say for a model format that delivers you unlimited replacement components, scale adjustability, and normally is, well, free of charge.
If you adore space ships, as I do, there is a fantastic variety of space models free for download. No matter whether you want a model primarily based on a move, Tv show or reality, you can possibly locate it. Currell Graphics characteristics models of the (pre-spaceage) V-two rocket from WWII and the SpaceShipOne. The Lower Hudson Valley Paper Model functions some wonderful models of NASA craft in their “Real Space” section, like numerous versions of the Space Shuttle, the upcoming Ares moon craft and even a four foot tall Saturn V Apollo rocket.
You’ll locate many card model accessible based on spaceships of motion pictures and Television. An effortless starter would be Erwin de Jong’s saucer from “The Day the Earth Stood Nonetheless” at Cut & Paste Sci-Fi. A relatively new model on the internet is a quite detailed version of the Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey that is several feet extended when finished. Battlestar Gallactia (both versions) are well covered, as are a number of other well-known and less effectively-identified shows. My final count was at least 40 downloadable models offered depicting “Star Wars” craft, from a small and basic Tie Fighter to a quite detailed At-At walker. The “Star Trek” franchise takes the ribbon for the most totally free model downloads on the net. I’ve documented about one hundred and I am positive there are a lot of more about.
Constructing space models in paper is fundamentally the very same as constructing other card models. The trickiest part tends to be in matching the joints of cylindrical hull sections. I like to total every section, dry it and match the next section to the prior a single. And although many card model files incorporate bases, I almost constantly prefer to suspend them by nylon thread from the ceiling. You can poke holes along the hull throughout assembly and embed buttons inside with the thread tied to it. Doing this in 2 places along the length allows 2 get in touch with points for the string for straightforward leveling. An less difficult approach is to simply find the center of gravity of the completed model and tie the thread about that section of the fuselage. Transparent thread will be basically invisible.
A couple of good areas to begin hunting for free of charge space-oriented card models are Free Paper Toys and The Reduced Hudson Valley Paper Model Giftshop.