How to build
Designs model consists of a number of A4 sheets of card. Printed
on the card are the parts of the model.
All the parts
need to be cut out of the card, some need to be folded, and they
all must be glued together to form the finished model. Where parts
must be folded, scoring lines are indicated on the card. So that
the parts will fold more easily and cleanly, these lines should
be scored with a sharp tool before the model is cut out.
Some parts need
to be folded downwards (a hill fold) and some need to be folded
upwards (a valley fold). Downward folds are most common. There are
a number of different ways of scoring the card, and it is best to
experiment with different methods to see which works best for you
and your tools.
The parts must
be cut out with a sharp knife and straight cutting edge. There are
very few curved edges in these models, but where there are curves
they will need to be cut carefully by hand.
When the model
parts have been cut out, they need to be glued together. Many parts
have small tabs along their edges that need to be folded and then
glued to adjacent parts. Some parts are glued back-to-back, especially
in models like hangars that have internal details.
comes with detailed instructions that give step-by-step guidance
on how to build the model. The instructions include diagrams to
illustrate each stage of construction and to show how the parts
fit together. It is vitally important to follow the instructions,
to have the right tools, and to be patient. Where complex or small
parts are included, two copies are often printed on the card to
cater for mistakes in cutting out or building.
There is also
a sheet of General
Building Instructions for models (this can be viewed on-line
by clicking here).
A copy of this sheet is provided with all model orders. For the
downloadable pavement sheets there is a separate set of Pavement
General Instructions (this can be viewed on-line by clicking
can be included in diorama displays or shown individually. All models
have tabs or other fittings to allow them to be fixed to a base
board, or they can simply be put into place without gluing so they
can be removed for safe storage.
that the models are not suitable for children and are intended for
adult modellers only.
Look at the
other pages on our website to find out more about our models and
how to build them. You can download and print an example model by
going to the Sample Model page, or you
can see a detailed tutorial by going to the Tutorial