Modelling Tips and Tutorials

Masking

OK, so masking with nothing but tape as in the Gundam article is all well and good but sometimes just masking tape isn't enough. The edge could be too irregular or the angles impractical...

Cutting Vents

The object of this article isn't just to cut vents - in this case the kind with parallel sides and rounded ends - but to do so in a way that is as hard to screw up as possible. It's still fundamentally a tricky thing to do, so practice first anyway, but this is the careful approach.

Constructing Styrene Buildings from Papercraft Templates

Odds are every wargamer has at least seen a papercraft building of some sort, from the Games Workshop card-and-plastic-bulkheads scenery packed in with Necromunda through the simple uncoloured folded-paper walls hastily constructed before a game to fold-and glue stuff like Paul Lesack's Heavy Gear Buildings.

The upsides of papercraft are obvious - they're cheap, easy to construct, lightweight and pre-decorated. It's scenery for everyone! The downsides, unfortunately, are just as obvious - they don't have much in the way of depth. Even high-class papercraft like Mr. Lesack's can only have drawn-on detail, less than a couple of millimetres between folds and they become impossible to construct out of normal paper. Those of us who long for more detail may consider recreating the pattern in styrene.

Building Your First Gundam

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Bandai produce hundreds of 1/144 Gundam kits, depicting mecha from each and every Gundam series. These stand about 5-6 inches tall, all told, and are often billed as 'the ideal beginner's kit'.

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