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Card Modelling

By: Fabio Bartoli

My modelling "career".

I started to build card models when I was thirty years old. The only other models I had ever built were the paper airplanes of infantile recall.

The model of Caernarfon Castle was the first I built; I got, casually, the exemplar in my town, Florence. This was followed by the models of monuments  I, with my wife, visited during our holidays. Their substance were mainly like a souvenir, not like a piece of modeling. So, from time to time, they could be very simple, like the Cathedral of Tournus (Fig.1) and the Sneek Watergate, or very complicated like the hotel of Sortebro Kro, where the paper model disappeared below the colors and other additions.


Internet changed, two years ago, my modelling "career". When I discovered the web-site of Faq modeler card I understood that paper could be used for almost every items, even if buildings remain my favourites,: airplanes, cars, trains, ships, spatials and so forth. Internet is, furthermore, the best way for paper models. It is possible, unlike other kinds of model making, to transfer models via the Web. Every model maker could, so, print the models in the way he chooses; in my case in black and white.

In addition, I was stimulated to produce my own models. I started to design the series of Medici's Villas who raise around my town. The fulfillment of proper models remove the frustation that every model maker feel facing a ready model: it is always missing something of essential.

My favourite Model: Sortebro Kro

The model of Sortebro Kro (the hotel of Sortebro), is that on which I worked more. The model was printed in black a white, in a very simple manner.

After I attached the side walls to the horizontal plan I painted them with water colours, following the photographs. Except for the part completely made in wood, the other walls are built with the tecnique called "Colombage" (Fig. 2). After this I glued the roofs.  Then I fixed double-sided adhesive tape on the roofs. On it I fixed a cotton wire to simulate the straw (Fig.3). Then I covered the cotton with water glue and after with successive coats of paint.

So, to create the foundations, I used clay with little pieces of stone. The ground, around the buildings, is made up part by grass and part by gravel.

I made the grass with a grass paper and the gravel with clay covered by gossamer sand and coloured with water colours. The wooden enclosures were made with parts of wax matches.

The figures, animals, wagon, and  the cab are in 1:72 scale. The big tree is made with a group of rolled up copper wires, painted with brown. I used some dryed lichens for the tree's leafs and for some shrubs.

That is all. A lot of time but a nice results. I think that it was worthwhile.

By: Fabio Bartoli