Tips for Modeling in Paper
When constructing paper models,
keep the following in mind:
To make a simple box, follow these instructions:
- In general, it is best to read through the instructions
before you even think about scoring or cutting the paper. Make sure you understand
each step -- if you don't, ask one of your classmates or your teacher for
clarification. The worst thing you can do is ignore the instructions, cut
blindly without scoring the fold lines first, and try to make the model work
without knowing what you're supposed to do.
- Always score the fold lines before hand. You can use several
methods score a fold, but the simplest at this point is to use a black ball-point
pen, or a pen that has run out of ink. Just line a ruler up with the line
to be scored, and draw over the line with the pen. This makes the paper easier
to fold, and improves the appearance of the model.
- Cut as close to the line as possible. In many instances,
parts will not fit together, or will look bad, if the lines are not cut precisely.
- Score the fold lines before cutting the box out. Fold lines
will include any lines between faces of the box, as well as the lines between
the faces and the tabs. In the ACE model, all of the tabs are a light grey
color, to distinguish them from the faces, and you should apply glue only
to the grey tabs unless otherwise directed.
- Cut the box shape out carefully, especially along the lines
that will show in the final model.
construct the box, first join the ends of the shape -- in the ACE model, there
will always be a tab at one end and not on the other, shown in this picture
as a darker grey.
- Fold the faces on the longer strip (here, from left to right)
so that the tab attached to face A can be glued to the non-printed side of
face D. This should resemble the first photograph below.
- Next, apply glue to the tabs on just one side of faces A,
B, and D, and glue face E down onto those, as in the second photograph below.
- Repeat that with face F, as in the third photograph below.
- Keep in mind that the instruments and other boxes in the
ACE model are not labeled with letters like this, but the idea is the same
for each one. Even if the boxes don't have six identical sides, you can still
apply the same general principles to building them.
Last but not least, if you have any problems
with this project that you think should be addressed, please tell your teacher,
who will report them to the designer. You may want to write them down so you
can remember them, and pass in the list later. Thank you for your patience!
Go on to the Information for Group One