What kind of glue should I use?
I’ve found that good old Elmer’s white glue works just about perfect. The only downside to it is if you print the model out on regular printer paper it will tend to warp the paper and make it “wavy”. I would STRONGLY recommend that if you’re building the wings, tail, or any other parts that need to be flat, that you press them in a nice heavy book and put a weight on top of it for at least an hour. If you do this it they should come out perfectly flat. An Elmer’s glue stick works pretty well for building the wings and tail parts, because it’s thicker it doesn’t warp the paper nearly as much. If you do decide to use a glue stick, you’ll still need to have some regular Elmer’s on hand for certain steps in the building process, such as the seam where the wing meets the fuselage and for attaching the tail parts to the fuselage.
Another glue that I’ve used and had really good luck with is Loctite Stick ‘n Seal. Because it isn't water based, it won’t warp the paper at all. The only disadvantage is that it is messy to work with. It’s not nearly as easy to find as Elmer’s, although I’ve seen it for sale at Walmart and Walgreens.
I’ve heard that UHU is a good glue to work with if you can find it, although I have yet to try it myself. Most craft stores carry it.
What kind of paper should I use?
All of our models are designed to be printed on regular white printer paper. If you intend to be able to fly them, I do not recommend using any sort of heavy card stock.
If you'd like to build one as a static display that looks really nice, try some glossy photo paper. If you’re using an inkjet printer and trying to print on glossy paper, make sure and let the ink dry for quite a while before trying to build it or it will smear like crazy.
What type of tools, supplies, and equipment do I need?
3. A hobby knife, such as an Exacto knife, for cutting out wing and tail openings on the fuselage.
4. Some paperclips for weight
5. A small wooden dowel, or a thin round marker to help form the shape of the fuselage
6. A thick heavy book to press the wings and tail pieces in
7. A color printer, or a car that you can use to drive to Fedex Office
Its impossible for me to provide exact printing instructions since each operating system and printer has different options. For the most part, make sure that you select the option that fits the model to a single page. This is usually called "reduce to printer margins", "fit to printer margins," or "fit to page."
I have found that color printers that use toner will give you better results than inkjet printers. Toner usually results in a nice shiny texture, whereas inkjet prints tent to be more flat. inkjet printers also tend to make the paper wavy due to the moisture in the ink. Color toner printers are very expensive, unfortunately, so this option is best used by those who can get away with printing them out at work, or having them printed at a local shop like Fedex Office.
Personally, when I build the models, I print it out on regular printer paper at home, and then take it to Fedex Office (Formerly Kinko's) and make several color copies of it. Last time I was there they were charging about a dollar per copy, which isn’t too bad. There are two advantages to this. First, you only have to use your own ink for one print job. Second, the color copies will be done with a printer that uses toner, which looks much nicer.
In your instructions, what do you mean by half a paperclip?
Take a paperclip and bend the inner part outward, making it into an "S" shape. Keep bending it back & forth until it breaks in half. Boom... half a paperclip.
Fuselage building tips
ALWAYS test fit parts before committing to glue. For rolled parts like the fuselage, pre-roll and shape the fuselage into the final shape it needs to be before applying any glue.
Try using a marker or wooden dowel when rolling and gluing the fuselage together. For pointy parts, like nose cones and wingtip tanks, try using the tip of a pencil.
That’s all I’ve got for you so far, I plan on creating a FAQ section, but I haven’t been asked very many any questions yet, so if i called them “frequently asked questions” I’d be lying. I really do want you to have fun with my designs so if you encounter any problems, or have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at JAY@JPLANES.COM. Thanks!
For more information, check out WWW.CARDFAQ.ORG. We are in no way affiliated with them, but they have a wealth of information about card modeling techniques.
Also, check out WWW.FIDDLERSGREEN.NET, they have by far the largest collection of card models on the net, and have a lot of building tips on their site.
This site has some very cool models as well, and i believe most of his models are free.
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