This page summarizes the card modelling world that Armada Model Designs
inhabits. All companies referred to here can be accessed via our links
Card modelling, (referred to as paper modeling in the USA) is a compelling
hobby. For decades card has been a stock material for building both
imaginative children's toys and accurate scale models (for railway modelling,
war gaming or as display models in their own right). Today, a combination
of improvements in technology and environmental concerns regarding the
use of plastics have given card a new lease of life and pushed it to
the forefront of modelling activity.
Card model kits are extremely convenient as they can be stored and
distributed electronically and printed out only when needed (a job well
within the capabilities of most modern domestic printers). Many model
builders have a veracious appetite for kits and often purchase them
at a greater rate than can be completed. Fortunately even hard-copies
of card model kits are easy to store unobtrusively on a bookshelf, therefore
posing no threat to domestic harmony. The tools required for card modelling
are generally to be found around the home. Careful scoring is the key
to accuracy of shape. Unlike plastic models, where completion of the
kit generates a pile of waste in the form of plastic sprue, card models
are created from sheets little more than twice the density of normal
copier paper and hence the trimmings are easily recycled.
Where card scores (if you'll pardon the pun) over other materials is
in representing architecture. The material lends itself to the generally
prismatic shapes involved. The intricate patterns that adorn many buildings
are no problem either, since the models come ready-printed. The finished
result can be stunning, as illustrated in the adjacent photo of Schreiber-Bogen's
Frauenkirche. This particular specimen was constructed by expert model
builder Graham Dixey. By clicking on the adjacent image, a larger picture
can be viewed to better appreciate the exquisite nature of the fine-detail.
While there are a large number of card models available for architectural
subjects in continental Europe, there are relatively few specimens representing
buildings in Britain. One man who has been working valiantly to improve
the coverage of British Architecture is Roger Pattenden of Heritage
Models. He produces a number of excellent card model kits, including
the number one best-selling Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
Finally, for those newly embarking on this captivating hobby, Alvar
Hansen's comprehensive book entitled "Card Modelling" is an
absolute must. Available in the UK from Marcle Models, it is written
in a wonderfully readable, informal style.