Chop Sticks

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A surprisingly useful addition to your paper engineering toolkit. The chopstick works like a third hand; a really thin hand that can get onto those awkward places. Use the square end of the...

Cutting Matt

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You can protect your work top by covering it with a thick layer of newspapers but after three or four cuts the paper will be looking pretty mangled. If you are doing any more than a ...

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...

Glue

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For paper modelling the most useful glue is PVA. The type used as white school glue. PVA glue is water based, so there are no strong fumes but if over used it can make your paper models go wrinkly....

Making Square 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 too easy...

Ruler

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There are three main materials used to make rulers. Wood, metal and plastic. They all have advantages and disadvantages. Plastic rulers are perhaps the most useful as you can see through them, this...

Scissors

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Scissors come in a variety of sizes and prices. For paper engineering you'll probably need a couple of different pairs of scissors. A small pair, with short blades for doing intricate work and a...

Sharp Knife

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When you are cutting holes into parts you'll need to use a sharp knife. By their very nature, sharp knives are dangerous. Be careful. Cover the blades when not in use and always store the knife...