Coin Holder Design

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I've used a couple of different designs for coin holders in the past but recent models have used a simple fold of paper. After the coins fell out of my Chameleon model I was delighted to receive...

Cutting Board Cleaning

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Yuck! After regular use my cutting board is covered in lumpy bits of glue and smatterings of paint. Time for a spring clean. Immerse the board in cold soapy water. Don't use hot! Hot water...

Cutting Out

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Accurately. That's the key. Cut right down the middle of the black line. Scissors, rather than a sharp knife, work best in most circumstances. If you are cutting a curved line keep the scissors...

Cutting Out Concave Shapes

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 Concave shapes, shapes that curve inwards on themesleves, are slightly more tricky to cut out than ordinary shapes, It can be awkward to steer your scissors round inward curves without creasing...

Gluing

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Water based glue works best with paper models, PVA white glue is ideal. The problem with water based glue is that it can soak into the paper and make it crinkly. You'll need to use it sparingly....

Gluing

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Printing your projects out on high quality gloss board certainly does make them look great! The problem is that the gloss surface is waterproof so water based glues such as PVA have a hard time...

Making Square Section Tubes

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 Square section tubes are quite common paper automata models. They are used as push rods, slider tubes and other sorts of linkages. Making long tubes can be especially problematic - it is all...

Measuring up a prototype

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Once you've finished your prototype paper model it is time to transfer it to the computer. For me, this is often a mixture of scanning, photographing and measuring. That's where the handy...

Scoring

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To make sure that your folds are sharp and accurate you'll need to score them. Scoring is the process of making a dent in the card where you want to the fold to be placed.  There is no one...