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Frequently Asked Questions

How easy are the card models to make?

The models do require some skill to build, as well as patience, but they should be within the capability of anyone who has some experience of modelling or a similar form of handicraft (building plastic kits, for example). We have rated the difficulty of each model on a scale of one (easiest) to three (hardest). This gives an indication of the skill level required to successfully build each one. Some of the harder models have small or complex parts which require manual dexterity to build, but the easier models tend to be fairly straightforward and involve scoring, cutting, folding and gluing of relatively simple parts. It is vitally important to follow the instructions, to have the right tools, and to be patient. Please note that the models are not suitable for children and are intended for adult modellers only.

How long does it take to build a model?

This is not an easy question to answer, as construction time depends a lot on the size and complexity of the model, and the experience and skill of the builder. However, we reckon on around an hour for each A4 sheet. So a model with two sheets of parts will probably take around two hours to build, and so on.

What is the best type of glue to use?

We highly recommend using PVA glue. It is cheap, easy to use, quick drying and washes off in water. It works well with the card stock we use and makes a very good joint when dry. Other types of glue can be used, but contact adhesives are not recommended, as you will almost always need to make some adjustments to the positioning of parts before the glue dries. Never use "super glue" formulas, as some leakage of glue is inevitable, and it will get on your fingers during construction.

Why are some smaller scale models cheaper than their larger scale equivalent?

The models are basically priced according to the number of A4 sheets. As some of the smaller scale models take up fewer sheets of card than their larger versions, they come out slightly cheaper.

Why are some models not available in the smaller scales?

Some models contain small parts that can be handled in a larger scale but not in a smaller one. Because of this, the range of models is not identical in each scale, but we do aim to provide a good selection in every scale that we support.

 

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