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Old 11-13-2018, 11:33 AM
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Space Racers Paper Rockets

My wife Kathy remembered my birthday this year by gifting me a copy of Space Racers, Make Your Own Paper Rockets. As I havenít seen a mention or a review of this interesting collection of paper models, I thought Iíd present a brief description for the rocketeers among us.

Measuring 13Ē X 9 ĹĒ, the heavy and beautifully produced, star-spangled box contains three books, Rocket Fact Files, Instructions and Rocket Models. The attached photographs show just a taste of the information contained in the three bookís combined 144 pages. A pair of close-up photographs of the boxís back cover reveal the identity of the ten enclosed rockets as well as information concerning the publisher, etc. No scales are given for the models and because of this, it is doubtful that they will build to a constant scale.

The modelís clearly printed parts are both die-cut and die-scored, making for an easier build for the novice modeler. I feel that the weight of the cardstock is a bit light, especially considering that the Saturn V measures nearly two feet tall when completed. More experienced modelers could find a workaround to the thin card by scanning the parts onto heavier stock.

I usually keep this kind of model compendium intact, and because of that, I havenít actually built any of the rocket models so I canít comment on the kitís fit and finish. Also, Iím generally not a fan of building with die-cut parts. My prejudice comes from the days when hand-drawn model parts and hand-made cutting dies never seemed to line up properly. But in this computer age, the matching of the CAD artwork to the CNC created dies solves all manner of fit problems. With these models, the registration of the drawings and die-cuts and scores looks spot-on throughout the parts book.

Strong presentation, good color, large scale and varied subject matter make this an interesting addition to my paper model collection. Kathy bought my copy off-the-shelf at Duluth Trading, but Space Racers is available from a number of sources on the web.

All for now,

Score and fold,

Thumb Dog
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:05 PM
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Great review and good info!

Many thanks.

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Old 11-15-2018, 08:58 AM
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Hi All,

And hi, Don. Thanks for your comments. It's always nice to receive a paper model as a gift, isn't it?

Score and fold,

Thumb Dog
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