Card modeling isn't the easiest task in the world. However, with a little effort and some special tricks, these kits can turn out to be as good looking as any other structure on the layout.
Card modeling isn't the easiest task in the world. However, with a little effort and some special tricks, these kits can turn out to be as good looking as any other structure on the layout. With a little weathering, these kits don't have to sit in the back of the scene anymore.
When offered the opportunity to build a card model, I jumped at the chance. The idea of card modeling appeals to me for many reasons, including - but not restricted to - mock-ups and temporary placements around the layout. It isn't a question of quality, since I have seen many European projects from card that could compare to any craftsman kit.
We started this build as any other. We read the instructions completely, paying close attention to the tips and tricks. If read first, these instructions and tips come up just when you need them.
We cut out the different pieces with a sense of order, only cutting out what we need - so that we don't lose out on what little info is available on the sheet. It is pretty self- explanatory though, was my wife's defense.
We built the walls first, overlapping the layered panels. We planned to add a loading dock to the side of the build with a closed door. If you decide to build an open door, it is at this time you would plan that out.
Build the end walls and cut out the roll-up door pieces. To build this door you need to roll the card stock around a small spindle. We used a dowel we had on the bench. Once rolled, glue it to the mounting strip and let cure. Fold the final pieces (pre-folding them wouldn't hurt before assembly). Make a clamp with some block or something you have, to make sure the folds stay tight.
We decided to make sure that all the pieces we wanted on the kit were added before assembling the walls together, as this gives better squeezing power when gluing a piece on. When done adding the windows and such, move on to the walls.
You can't really clamp the structure, so we used our brass weights. This gave us as much control as we needed to get the job done. Add the stiffeners to the inside of the first piece, centered, then glue the corners. Glue one corner at a time and let dry.