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Indeed, some look really good. And they are cheap! Plus converting or adding more detail can be done much more easily than on plastic models.

 

Have you tried any Foreigndevil?

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Nice find there, may try one.

 

I recall back in the seventies I read an article in 'Scale Models' magazine, by someone who scratchbuilt rubber-powered scale balsa models of ww1 planes. Beautiful, they were, and I made a whole series of my own, rather crude tho mine were; satrted with DV, also had a Blue Max set of SE5, DVII and DrI, a Bleriot XI, and an FE2, all 1/24 scale IIRC. Just used scale drawings of my own; still have some old jotters with some of the drawings I made for their parts but the models are long gone. Were remarkably easy to make, even down to the props laminated from strips of balsa skewered in a wire then fanned out and sanded into shape. Have been thinking about making some more.

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You can do some pretty amazing stuff with paper, check this out:

 

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The paper model (which did fly) is the second from the top...the grey/white model of the Russian N-1 moon rocket. The only thing not paper on it besides the engine hook is the small fairings on the stages. Yep, even the lattice supports between stages are paper cutouts.

 

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Have you tried any Foreigndevil?

 

Yes, just finished my first WW1 paper model of a Nieuport last week. I'll be making some more come next winter, it's great fun; there are several free models available on the net, just google for paper model aircraft. I also found some freeware and payware by googling 'Nieuport 17 images' etc. Fiddlersgreen has a nice collection of WW1 aircraft but the scale is rather odd.

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Very cool, and amazing detail in some of those. Foreigndevil, please post a pic or two of your finished project. I for one would love to see it.

 

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I'll see what I can do. If time allows I'll post a few pics before I go on holidays. Mind you, I'm just starting out in paper. But there is a lot of potential in these models and they will certainly serve their purpose (i.e. I need the models for my aviation art). Glad to read some of you are interested in paper modeling!

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Thanks, guys! They are very cheap, they just take a simple download and you can make as many as you want. You can even resize them. Another thing is that you actually feel like manufacturing an aircraft, cutting & bending the paper, ... It's more labor intensive and yet more fun than working on plastic models.

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I'm certainly going to have a go! (though my model will probably look like the contents of a waste paper basket!) :rofl:

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I found out that, by putting together my first models, I learned a lot about the (dis)advantages of paper modeling and that the mistakes I made can be avoided by this new knowledge. After my holidays I'll try my hand at some other models, a Nupe 11, for instance.

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