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Old 06-29-2016, 01:33 PM
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Is it cheating to use plastic parts?
yup. its cheating.

but then again...since building a plastic kit is much simpler than a card model,
I guess its more of a "giving up" kind of thing.

are you someone who "gives up"?
or are you a real paper modeler?
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Old 06-29-2016, 02:18 PM
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For me it depends on whether I am making the model for the destination or the journey. If I am after the end result I would use whatever is best for the part. In most cases plastic is going to look more realistic than paper, no mater how well the paper part is made, but only if you can paint well. I feel the need to add non paper parts to higher quality paper models because the bits that are hard to do in paper stand out too much.
But if I am in it for the journey, I like to use just paper, to see how close I can come to the prototype. A case in point would be Fiddlers Green models. I think in most cases they look best completely made from the printed parts, even though they are often not terribly realistic.

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Old 06-29-2016, 03:18 PM
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Sometimes you have no choice but to use non paper parts. An example: Any closed cockpit aircraft needs a plastic canopy for a realistic appearance.
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:00 PM
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I am not sure,undecided if paper models are for me.
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yes go for it as most paper model companies in poland add non-paper parts like clear canopies/vac-form,etc.
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:58 PM
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I am not sure,undecided if paper models are for me.
How many plastic kits have you built?
You had to build that many before you started thinking about paper.

I say you must build at least the same amount of paper kits
before you can truly decide if you want to switch back!

Its a rule.

And, if it helps, I will let you use a little bit of plastic.
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Hundreds sir!I guess I should not judge all paper kits by the dog I am building now!
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:36 PM
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Thanks I will use the parts.I just do not think the paper props and wheels would work very well.
Yeah, not much point in showing you massive photos of a modern jet (no props)
built from an advanced kit by an advanced paper modeler.
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With wheels that are hard to see...made from laminating, sanding, puttying and painting.
That doesn't help a beginner much.

You have a good point Philo
...paper wheels (and propellors) often don't look perfect.
They can require special experience to be made to look less like paper.

Don't be put off by this...its just another area that you can work on improving.
I like to use only what is in the paper kit...and its a challenge to make certain details look better.

For the average and beginner builder, there are many kits designed for the less experienced,
with wheels and props designed to be simpler to build.
And sometimes, they can still look pretty good.
Especially if the designer puts some effort into realistic textures and artwork.
CAD designed kits are wonderfully precise...but can be lifeless without a good paintjob.

I think this is a better example of prop and wheels done in paper.
Considering its only a beginner/intermediate skill level kit.

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Old 06-29-2016, 10:31 PM
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Well the props and wheels on that stang are fantastic!
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:58 AM
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Don't worry about the build quality yet.
The trick is to learn some paper skills.
Creasing, Scoring, Cutting, Folding, Gluing.
Find the Tools and Glue you like.

Try some of the free kits available here, in the Download section.
You could also try Fiddlers Green....free kits.

Just get some practice in.

When you are ready...if you feel like it...let me know.
I can give you a free Mustang kit to try.
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