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I'd like to draw your attention to this index page of sci-fi paper models.

http://www.freepapertoys.com/pt-scifiction.html

absolutely amazing work here. scroll down to the star trek and star wars models. You can download the images ( for free on mostly all sites ) print them out (if you have a printer ) and build them. There's so many to choose from. They even have tron light cycle, there's an alien site with paper models of the APC, and pulse rifle and many other's

http://aliens.humlak.cz/aliens/Aliens_papirove_modely.htm

To give you and example check out these two Star trek and star wars sites.

STAR TREK:

http://members.lycos.nl/ninjatoes/index.html

http://www.linkclub.or.jp/~shun-pop/gallery2/ST.html

STAR WARS:

http://www.konradus.com/szufladki/raziel/index.html

http://www.linkclub.or.jp/~shun-pop/gallery1/SW.html

Not bad, and they're FREE!( the aliens site requires a pass word to open the files.) But they give that to you and it's usually the name of the subject exmp: the model of ICARUS, password ICARUS .(that would be in in upper case capitals.) Anyhow let me know what you think.
 

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I`ve build some of those models in the last months - papermodeling is different from the usual plastic modeling, but you can get awesome results. I like the photorealistic printed ones, e.g. the ICARUS: You won`t say that it is made from paper until you look really close!

There are a lot of objects available that don`t exist in plastic, or are very expensive in that media. Paper is a nice alternative to those. I have designed some by myself last year, you can find them in the technical section of Starship Modeler too.

Meanwhile I have the same problem with papermodels that I have with styrene / resin ones: Just too many collected, but not built... :rolleyes:
 

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I've built the Stargazer from the first site. On a standard printer with regular paper, not a good idea. I had OfficeMax blow up my files and print them on light grey cardstock. It cost about $12.00. You can buy 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock, but the increased size is easier to work with and you get a larger (duh) model.

Well worth the additional time and moolah.

Joe =/\=
 

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I've built one of the three drones from silent running I think it was Duey? and a stardestroyer.
Anyhow They sell a slightly heavier stock paper at Grand n toy. you can get about a hundred sheets for 9 bucks.( thats a lot of models) the shuttle Tyderium Looks absolultly awsome!
 

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Something in there should even be useful as a guide to scratchbuilding plastic versions.

Figures somebody would do this - I've only made it through a few on the shunpop site, and suddenly there's a ton more to do! :lol:

I've done Huey, Dewey, and Louie (and there's a neat card table for them, too), the Star Destroyer, and am finishing the Millenium Falcon. The Falcon may need doing over, those outer hull plates don't fit well...it takes alot of prefitting, and deciding which step you want to take care of first -I'm seeing a different order to glue those parts I might have had better luck with. Getting ready to do the Godzilla Maser tank and an AT-AT, once I get a fresh ink cartridge.

The Reliant on that site looks great finished, somebody had one at the last Sci-Fan, and gave out the site address.

Can't wait to do the Tydirium.
 

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Great sites, I have a book of paper plane models I picked up at a flea market a while ago. Havn't done any yet though. I just downloaded the Borg Cube, can't get any easier then that. :lol: :thumbsup:
 

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Has anybody printed these out on thin(.020) sheet plastic?

I know it can be done with the wax printers and alps models.
 

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Tried a couple of ideas...

heiki said:
Has anybody printed these out on thin(.020) sheet plastic?

I know it can be done with the wax printers and alps models.
Now I really wish I had an ALPS printer.

I've done some experiments but not with 20 thou sheet.

I've built a paper Voyager Aerowing (there's a link on the first URL, IIRC) from a German web site. If you can't find it there, do a google search for Voyager Aeroshuttle and you'll find it. I've actually built this thing twice. The first time, I printed it on photo-paper. The parts look stunning, but photo-paper does not adhere well with standard PVA (white) glues. So I ended up using superglue. But my building technique does not work well with superglue and paper models. Basically, my photo-paper version had some horrible gaps in it (worse than an AMT/Ertl kit *wink*) . But the card model version was very nice. I suppose, if you're fastidious enough, you can dry-fit the parts and slip superglue in between the glue tabs and their mating surface, but my contention is that paper modeling should be relatively stress free and tolerate simple technique.

I've printed some paper model sheets out on ink-jet compatible foils (you know clear transparencies for overhead projector presentations) but the foils do not have adequate stiffness for building a model of any reasonable size (e.g. 6" or 15 cm).

I've heard that if you're brave enough, you can douse a piece of paper in lacquer thinner and lay it image side down on a section of sheet styrene, the lacquer thinner will transfer the image to the styrene. But I've been hesitant to try this on two counts. 1. it looks very messy and involves a petroleum based solvent and 2. lacquer thinner will dissolve styrene, so you can't leave the paper on the sheet too long, or the styrene will begin to deform. Mineral spirits are not "hot" so its worth a try with this alternative, but my feeling is, that if it was easy, it'd be a well known technique.
 

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Ok... I HAVE GOT to build the Tydirium... but does anyone have a translation for the page... tried babelfish but don't know what langauge it is in. Don't know if it's Russian or what.

-=> Satyr! <=-
 

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LrdSatyr8 said:
but don't know what langauge it is in. Don't know if it's Russian or what.
Its polish. An english translation will be uploaded soon, so just check back in the next days.

Greetings from Germany
Marco

PS: If you like the Tydirium you should really bookmark the site - the guy who made it has a lot more SW-paperkits in the pipeline!
 

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SF Paper Modeling

I have been paper modeling for over 5 years and have amassed a boat-load of model files(most are PDFs).

Other good sites for paper modeling:

http://www.spacestation42.com/toys.html

http://www.peterjvisser.demon.nl/links.html#top

I have built everything from a 26 inch Space Shuttle to small animals. Don't confuse paper modeling with Origami. Origami relies on folding to simulate a specific subject whereas Paper Modeling is generally intended to provide excellent miniature versions of subjects (as long as you are not too concerned with scale).

Other models I have done: large Ferris Wheel, large Carrosel (sp?), a cathedral with back-lit "stained glass" windows, the sinking of the Titanic, 1701-D (store-bought punch-out book ), and misc animals and buildings. Currently, working on a 1/10 scale 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K paperboard kit. It is the most detailed I have ever made.

Paper modeling is a great break from plastics. Try it, you'll like it.

David in Houston
 
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