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Card stock thicker than regular paper is recommended. You'll have to experiment with different paper glues to find one you are most comfortable with.
Study the parts alongside the instructions. Make sure you know where to fold and glue before you actually do. Most important of all though, try not to rush. Take your time and have fun!
I think I might one day try and build something, whenever I have the time.
But yeah, this is too complex for a first build. Especially because I am not very patient XD
I'll just buy a Normandy model, and perhaps I'll try and build a different model some day!
Thanks so much
Hahaha, yea, those wheel assemblies on the Mako can be a pain. Particularly because of the repetition.
With small models like this I actually just use normal printer paper. Of course the downside is that the models are a lot more flimsy and damage easily.
Regarding those white edges, what many people do is remove the glue tabs entirely, and use small scraps of paper at the back of the two parts that get joined. That way you have the two edges on the same level and the "step" effect is gone. I have seen some people do this so well, that you can't even notice the seam.
I'm actually annoyed too that a lot of the white parts are showing, but that's probably because I use quite a thick paper. I think it's double the normal thickness, so 160 gsm, but I can't remember anymore. Maybe I should use less thick paper, what do you think?
Also I'm curious how do you build a model that looks really clean without the white edges? I really don't want to color it because then I would need to match the marker's colors to any model I build. This isn't very practical I think.
I'm still building your Mako btw. I have the main hull finished, but I'm so damn scared to start with those 6 wheels! Looks really tiresome to build them.
I am not a collector of this kind of vehicles, but your NORMANDY SR2 has tempted me!
You could look into edge-coloring. Many people use colored markers, paint or pencils to hide the white edges.
I also live in an apartment and don't have space for large models. This Normandy is 17cm long once built.
I'm not sure anyone has noticed, but I designed the page to print perfectly on A4 AND letter size paper!
Greetings from Argentina
There is another designer called sjsquirrel over at zealot.com who is working on a large, much more detailed SR2 and that model is going to be epic!
In the meantime you can always check out daishihun's SR1 model here: [link]