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Name: Saul H. Jacobs
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Cardmodeling Interest: Aircraft and ships
Profession: United States Air Force, Avionics Specialist (Retired 1977). Pima Community College, Microcomputer Technology (Retired 2000).
Cardmodeling history: First card models I remember were the "penny" fliers that came on the Wheaties boxes during WWII. I was to young but remember the older kids flying them on the street. I started modeling with solid and balsa stick models and graduated to plastics when they came out. Back in the 50's or 60's I ran across an ad by John Hathaway for paper models and have been hooked into them since then. For years I only had access to the Wilhelmshavner models from John. When John was gone I started doing business with Lou Dausse at PMI and he has been my prime supplier of card models for many years. I am now in the process of buying up as many of the Polish models as I can. I found these companies a few years ago and am very glad to see the expansion of our hobby.
Miscellaneous: At this time I am writing a monthly column for Air and Sea Model Magazine that covers new and re-released card models.
Updated: April 2002
Name: Robin Day
Location: Winnipeg. Manitoba, Canada
Cardmodeling Interest: Aircraft (WWI and WWII), Ships (Sailing and powered), castles and chateaus.
Profession: Head Instructor at the Applied Multimedia Training Centers.
Cardmodeling History: Got into paper: As a child living on a farm near a remote community, the closest hobby shop was 100 km away. I dearly loved models, but could rarely convince my parents to make the trip into the city so I could buy some. In my local library I found a book about making airplane models from paper. Using the book and its rather limited descriptions of processes I began by making the models the book contained and then extrapolated the techniques to create new models. As my father was an engineer, I had a great deal of help with the drafting and projection methods.Years later when I actually moved to a place that had hobby shops,I went back to plastic. But after wasting money on kits I would buy and not build, I returned to paper. It is still my preferred media
Posted: January 2000
Name: Donald H. Kenske
Location: Eastpointe, Michigan
Cardmodeling Interest: Mainly ships and aircraft but like to build almost anything
Profession: Parts Coordinator covering North Central region for Danka Office imaging Corporation.
Cardmodeling History: Like most of us in this age group, I began my love affair with card modeling by cutting out models that appeared on the back of cereal boxes and in the Sunday color comic section of the Detroit Times Newspaper. Having an aunt and uncle who owned a basement hobby shop provided a good learning curve for balsa and cardboard modeling. I found John Hathaway in the late 50's and became and avid card modeler for about ten years before dropping it in favor of plastic kits. I returned to card modeling about fourteen years ago and have not left this tried and true path since.
Miscellaneous: We will soon be moving to Clinton Township in Michigan about two miles from Selfridge ANG base and I plan on going into semi-retirement this coming May.
Posted: January 2000
Location: Royersford, PA.
Profession: Electronic Engineering Technician for an avionics (altimeters, air speed indicators, digital air data computers) manufacturer. (I build the prototypes the sketches on the napkins from the 3-martini lunches).
Cardmodeling Interest: Fiddler's Green Aircraft, spacecraft, ships...aww heck...ANYTHING paper!
Cardmodeling History: My first card model was the Galileo from the NASA web site. I went through all of those, giving a copy to a coworker at my previous job, who made a neat mobile with them. During this period, I found FG's J-3 Cub at Paper Paradise. I quickly began to purchase all of the other FG planes. Then Chip releases his CD and I buy one of those. Then I got going with all the freebies from the Card Modeling FAQ, so now I've got enough models to last through the next millennium. I've only actually completed about 20 at this point, most of which I try to pass along to kids and friends in the hope of getting a few people interested.
Miscellaneous: Never give up! Never surrender! Laughter really is the BEST medicine. Don't take yourself too seriously
Posted: January 2000
Name: Mike "Chthulhu" Hungerford
Location: Escondido, California
Cardmodeling Interest: Architecture, space, and SF, but collect all
Profession: Maintenance tech, Snap-On Industrial Special Products Division
Cardmodeling History: Relative neophyte; first model completed was Uli Prahn's "El Baz" shuttle; currently working on Cuspa's "Irish Monastery." Miscellaneous: Obsessed with having *all* of the free models online! :-)
Posted: November 2000
Name: Todd Anderson
Location: Salisbury, North Carolina
Cardmodeling Interest: Ships (WWII), aircraft, tanks, sci-fi
Profession: Mechanical Engineer
Cardmodeling History: : I have been building plastic models since the age of 6 . I got into card models about 8 years ago. When Someone showed up to a IPMS meeting with a 1:250 scale Bismarck battleship. Since that time I have been learning the right and wrong ways of cardmodeling
Miscellaneous: I am the dream Hobby shop customer, I build plastic models, R/C Airplanes, and card models.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Mattias Martensson
Location: Gotenborg, Sweden
Cardmodeling Interest: Ships, Trains, Space, Buildings (from churches to lighthouses) and aircraft.
Profession: Radar Systems Engineer working with airborne radar for fighter aircraft at Ericsson Microwave in Molndal (near Goteborg in Sweden).
Cardmodeling History: My interest for the hobby started with Wilhelmshavener Bismarck 25 years ago. I built a few more models at that time before I was married and our children were born. I have taken up the hobby a few years ago when I came across the card modeling community on the internet. I have a tendency to start a large number of building project but not completing so many. I like to keep up with the development of new models. My dream is to be able to design my own models (of the Swedish high speed train X2000 for example
Miscellaneous: Other Interests; Trains, bridges, aircraft, LEGO-building, astronomy and space, Sherlock Holmes.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Denis R. Boudreau Jr.
Location: Wellington, OH.
Cardmodeling Interest: FG Airplanes, but dabble with anything else I get my hands on.
Profession: Systems Administrator for NE Ohio engineering firm.
Cardmodeling History: : Cardmodeling for a year. Been a modeler all my life. Plastic, RC, rocketry. Started card modeling after finding FG cub like most of us but was amazed at what could be done with a little thought and care on these models. Will be building FG and freebies for the next several years with my children.
Posted: January 2000
Name: W. James "Knobby" Walsh
Location: Cambria, California - Chip Fyn's favorite refueling spot! (midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco).
Cardmodeling Interest: Since I'm still feeling my way - everything
Profession: Retired sales/marketing executive and former Marine Naval Aviator.
Cardmodeling History: : Not too much yet. Have 45+ years of building and collecting plastic models, both a/c and ships and still holding an inventory of 450+ unbuilt plastic models. Interest in aircraft started when I found a summer job at a small air freight outfit at Teterboro, NJ (age 15). Enlisted in USN after high school (1951) and was one of the very lucky young men chosen for a fleet appointment to flight training at Pensacola and Corpus Christi. Good fortune continued to favor me when I was accepted into the Corps. Discharged in 1959 and went into the transportation industry by virtue of working in sales with American Airlines then various startups in the cruise industry, culminating with retirement in 1995. Since we were contemplating a move from our home in Laguna Beach, I decided to look for a less messy or cleanup oriented hobby than building plastics. From needle working I branched out to Chinese and European paper-cutting and stumbled across Chip Fyn during a surfing session That was it! I'm now surrounded by everything (mostly unbuilt so far) from Chip's N and HO gauge buildings up to the 36 inch plus model of the Titanic with a ton of FG and downloads plus commercial ships, a/c, and buildings. Eclectic if nothing else. I learn so much every day from all your comments and suggestions and marvel at the mix of nationalities, education, experience and most of all dedication to my newfound hobby. (Brown's FAQ is a godsend.) Please don't change.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Mark Lardas
Location: Palestine, TX.
Cardmodeling Interest: : Ships (primarily sailing), Spacecraft (primarily unmanned).
Profession: E-Commerce Consultant, Education and Training Coordinator at the Palestine (TX) Electronic Commerce Resource Center).
Cardmodeling History: Have only been card modeling for about one year. Picked up the hobby as a way to do modeling during my numerous business trips. Started with a JSC St. Adalbert Boat I bought at Village Hobbies in Austin. Since then have build several spacecraft models and have started about half-a-dozen ship models, two of which (DSM Alexander von Humboldt and Schreiber Yatch America) are approaching completion. Since I am a perfectionist and fully rig my models, they take a long time to finish.
Miscellaneous: I am more a ship modeler than a paper modeler. I build models in plastic and wood as well as paper, and am currently building a model of an ancient Egyptian papyrus raft from grass. Paper is a fascinating media, though.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Thomas Pleiner
Location: Landshut, Bavaria (Germany)
Cardmodeling Interest: Architecture, Aircraft and ships
Profession: Graphic artist
Cardmodeling History: First cardmodel I've put together was the Ju87 "Stuka" by Wilhelmshavener in 1959. Since then I got hooked to paper modeling. Between 1959 and 1973 I must have assembled any Wihlemshavener model I could get. During this years I added (as a hobby) lot of "upgrades" to the models, like cockpit interior, movable rudders and wheels, displayable ship interior and similar things. This led into my first own cardmodel design, a Wright Flyer, which was never published. In the years 1974 - 1996 I've designed nearly 100 different cardmodels published by various publishers. The most "active" time was1980 - 1990 when I was in charge of the designs for J.F.Schreiber in Germany. Some of the better known designs by me are: Cologne Cathedral, Linderhof castle, Speyer Cathedral, WWII Heavy Cruiser "Prinz Eugen". I've stepped out commercial cardmodel design a few years ago. Since then I'm collecting cardmodels and designing some smaller cardmodels from time to time, beside writing articles for german modeller's magazines about cardmodelling.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Mike Stamper
Location: London, England
Profession: Executive at "a well known credit card company".....
Cardmodeling History: My first card model was one of the London City gates from Micromodels. I have made all the gates and most of the other buildings. I started with plastic models when I was 12 and saw the Micromodels in my local hobby shop about20 years ago. My interest switches between plastic (always cars, mostly racing) and card (always buildings) on an irregular basis. I have a loft full of made up models (250+ cars and 50 ish card) plus unnumber unmade cars and buildings. Currently working on models from abc magazine of Prague.
Miscellaneous: To counteract this sedentary hobby (about 12 hours a week) I play squash and racquet ball on a regular basis.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Sue L
Location: Austin TX.
Cardmodeling History: : It started with a model I bought at a school book fair of an English mansion complete with maze gardens. Although I never finished that project (and sadly could never find it again), that really got me started on paper modeling. I am primarily interested in architectural buildings and novel items. I'd really love to try some of the Asian models.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Pierre Fontaine
Location: Westchester NY.
Cardmodeling Intrest: Aircraft, Vehicles and Sci-Fi
Profession: Design Director, VSI Communications
Cardmodeling History: My father has always had an interest in paper models. With his help, I soon realized that I could create simple models of my favourite Sci-Fi subject matters in with the cardboard my father would bring home from his job. I loved designing my own models until I was about 18 and went off to college.
After making plastic kits for many years, my wife complained about the smell
of the glue and paints inside our little apartment and I realized I needed
to find a friendlier hobby. By chance, I stumbled upon the Card Modeling
FAQ and the rest is history. I've begun designing my own models once again
with the help of some computer applications and building as many paper
models as I can get my hands on. I'm now a paper model evangelist and I've
begun contemplating creating my own line of models for war gamers along with
a friend who runs a war gamers web site, which should be an interesting
Miscellaneous: Thanks to Chip Fyn for all his inspiration and to all the cardmodelers out there who continue to inspire and impress me with the quality of their work.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Moshe Lemer
Location: Kfar Saba, Israel
Cardmodeling Interest: : Airplanes, ships, armored and civil vehicles, from the 1950's to today. That's probably because I was born that time.
Profession: Computer Programmer
Cardmodeling History: I got introduced to card modeling, in 1968. There was an exhibition of armored vehicles captured during the war, and they also sold a weapons almanac with a set of paper models. Whilhemshaven T-34 tank, F-104 Starfighter and the atomic submarine, Nautilus and several other small kits. I built all of them in a very short time, and since then paper modeling became my major hobby. I also started building the IAF magazine kits, all the way through my military service. In the airforce, I was a member of a ground crew, In charge of the armament of A4E/N/T Skyhawks ground attack aircraft. One of those days, my roommate suggested me to build the Egyptian MiG-21 and A4E kits, that I had, and to hang them on the ceiling, in A way that the MiG chases the Skyhawk, to tease our squadron commander, while doing the weekly inspection. He saw it, but did not react. After the army, I had a long break from paper models, and did some plastic airplanes. I still have two unbuilt plastic kits. In 1990, while in New York city, I discovered P.M.I. through an ad in the F.S.M. and that got me back on the paper track.
Ron Laird, from the CardModelers list asked me, how I got Emil. Well, I didn't. He got me :-) Sometime in 1995, I advertised my IAF magazine kits in F.S.M. (Fine Scale Modeler - Plastic kits) and after a while I received a letter from Emil Zarkov of Bulgaria. He presented his work and offered his design services. For about 19 years, since 1976, the F-15C was on my wish list. The IAF magazine Issued during 1976 a 1/50 kit of the F-15C. But, that kit was a designer's joke. That's the best thing I can
Say about it. On that year, the Israeli air force received its F-15s, and two of them, visited my air base. Since then, I got hooked on this aircraft (a huge thing, was standing 6'/1.80m tall under its wing pylon), and when Emil contacted me, I asked him to design this kit, with as many options/details as possible. And he did it, (well, almost, since we had to stop detailing it, at one point). It took more than a year and 60-70 faxes, sending letters and pictures. That was before we got on the internet, and in 1997, the kit was printed.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Wayne White
Location: Kingwood, Texas
Cardmodeling Interest: Mostly architectural models and sailing vessels, but if it stands still long enough...
Cardmodeling history: My first card model was quite by accident. Way back in junior high, I stumbled across plans for some sort of a tethered airplane in an old issue of "Popular Mechanics" or some similar magazine Dad had laying around. Possessing neither "stick nor tissue," I resorted to the most logical building material; paper. When finished, I'm proud to say if flung with sufficient tenacity (the energy required to keep a large stone aloft), the thing actually flew. Eventually, my modeling interests shifted to plastic, then to wood (ships), then to origami and subsequently to what became my favorite media; paper. I generally build two of each model, the first a scanned /printed trial version, the second a hopefully much nicer completed model. I rarely keep any of my completed models, preferring to give them to anyone who happens to like whichever one strikes their fancy. I've combined my love for watercolors and card modeling to great satisfaction.
Miscellaneous: Start simple; complex is a right path to frustration. Keep a clean, well-lit workspace. Take your time, be patient and keep those blades sharp.
Posted: January 2000
Name: David Hathaway
Location: Cambridge, UK
Cardmodel Interests: Buildings/architecture (preferably modern), pre-WWI steam ships, some spacecraft, origamic architecture
Profession: Computer software development project manager
Cardmodelling history: Made loads of models in my youth, including 1m (3ft) fully rigged cardboard galleons that my brothers and I used to sail around our garden. Moved onto plastic, then gave up when I left home and started making real furniture. Re-discovered paper modeling when my youngest was given the Taschen Titanic and I had to "help" him. Since then I have discovered the cardmodelling lists and built quite a few models of varying subjects, though my main interest is modern buildings and pre-dreadnoughts. Trying my hand at designing some too and I find the design process a very satisfying challenge. As something slightly different I really enjoy origamic architecture (simple pop-ups, mainly of buildings), very minimalist and highly effective.
Miscellaneous:My other interests - gardening, choral singing, woodworking and my family (2young boys). Cardmodelling advice - Try anything once and learn from it,don't be afraid to to stop if it isn't fun.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Fred Bultman
Location: Royal Oak, MI
Cardmodeler Interests: Aircraft, ships, trains, castles and building
Profession: Army bureaucrat (contract specialist)
Cardmodeling History: Started with the Dover books in the mid-1980s, then discovered PMI. My interest has been intermittent. It rekindled in 1998 when I spent 6 months in Schwetzingen and discovered S&S. Currently concentrating on aircraft in 1/33 scale
Posted: January 2000
Name: David Jackson
Location: Endicott, NY
Card Interest: Aircraft, ships, buildings, designing
Profession: Retired. Previously a programmer for IBM.
Card Model History: Have been building models since my youth. (Remember soaking tail of stick and span planes with glue, lighting it, throw it out an attic window and watching another Zero go down in flames!) Got into card modeling after a trip to Germany and a visit to Hohenzollern Castle. Saw it in a John Hathaway catalog many years ago and had to have it. Problem was I saw all those nice Wilhelmshaven aircraft and ships. Then along comes Chip with his pre-CD model sets... One of these days I will build the castle. Then where to store it?
Miscellaneous: Wrote a book several years ago (no longer in print) "Building Model Airplanes From Scratch" by Tab Books. Several scratch building techniques are described. Chapter 10 shows how to build a Douglas O-38 from paper. Check your libraries. Kell Black found one somewhere.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Michael Cittadino
Cardmodeling Interests: Primarily aircraft, also ships and armor
Profession: Computer Programmer
Cardmodeling History: I was an avid plastic modeler during my youth. I had also built a couple of paper models (probably Whilmshaven). I quit modeling when I went to college. A couple of years ago I wanted to get into modeling again. I remembered the paper models from my youth as being interesting and challenging and so I decided to try paper modeling instead of getting involved with plastic and have been paper modeling ever since. I am primarily interested in scale modeling.
Miscellaneous: In addition to building scale models I enjoy building and flying model rockets with my 2 sons.
Posted: January 2000
Profession: Civil engineer currently working as a graphic and web designer.
Cardmodeling interest: Ships and airplanes
Cardmodeling History: At the age of 6, as every Polish youngster, I was given a soccer ball and an issue of Maly Modelarz. That's how it started. In 92 I moved to the US in search of adventure, and I found it, I guess, in the form of computer graphics and the Internet. From then on I explored the possibilities which computers and the Internet opened up for the modeling community, and for navy enthusiasts in general. Digital Navy is the result.
Posted: January 2000
Name: Herbert J. Rowland, P.A.
Location: Midland, Texas, USA
Profession: Retired U.S.Army Chief Warrant Officer, currently Day Emergency Room Supervisor for the Big Spring V.A. Medical Center, Big Spring, Texas.
Cardmodeling History: Well, I built my first plastic model at the age of six, was a crummy old Aurora kit of a Grumman Panther (My Dad worked for Grumman many years, think it was a freebie from the company.) Got into cardmodeling at about age 17, when I ordered a "Graf Zeppelin" from Hathaway and Co., got complaints from my mom about that "big ugly thing hanging in your room"(I believe it was an early Wilhelmshaven kit.) Got drafted at age 18 when the College Scholarship just didn't quite work out, played around at Fort Cronkite (Find THAT one on your map, guys and gals!) California, sent to Germany where I found cardmodel heaven! (Would you believe, a Wilhelmshaven Forrestal for less than five bucks?) Then got sent to an interesting corner of SE Asia, was STILL a customer of Hathaway and Co. (The humidity played hell with my efforts, though). Kind of dropped out of cardmodeling for a while afterwards, got married in '76, am still married to the same gal, am back into cardmodels after hearing just one too many complaints about the "smell in the garage" and "all that noise with the machines" (Used to do Live Steam Stuff...Mrs. was NOT very compromising...)
Miscellaneous: Love Deep Sea Fishing, Astronomy, trading bad jokes with Tim Good, cardmodeling in general, harassing the proprietor of FG about nit-picky errors in his designs, etc.,etc..
Posted: January 2000
Name: James J. Hairston
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Profession: Retired U.S.Air Force Navigator Bombardier, currently System Safety Engineer Boeing Military Airplane Company.
Card Modeling History: I started card modeling when I was around six. I built all of the Jack Armstrong models from Wheaties cereal boxes. However I couldn't eat enough fast enough so I started designing my own. I used the cardboard from coat hangers and shirts from the laundry. Once in a great while I could find Good cardboard in the trash behind a printing company near my school. I graduated to stick and paper, then flying models. I won third in scale flying models in Wiesbaden Germany in 1955 with a New York National Guard T-28. I spent the next several years with my two carriers, and delving into several hobbies, conservative water color, and oil painting mostly. In my work at Boeing I found it necessary to Illustrate hardware in some cases via the use of a computer graphics program. I used several shareware programs and then discovered Free-Hand, Mac Draw, and Corel Draw. I preferred Corel draw. In the last two years I re-discovered Card Modeling and the use of Corel Draw and Corel photo paint as tools for the creation of my own card models and in some cases improvements to freebees off of the net (adding Glue tabs etc. to simplify building) via the use of the computer graphics programs. I used several shareware programs and then discovered Free-Hand, Mac Draw, and Corel Draw. I preferred Corel draw.
Posted: February 2000
Name: Thomas Marlar
Card modeling Interests: Primarily aircraft, ships and cars.
Profession: Retired, U.S. Navy (Military), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Civilian)
Card modeling History: First card model was one of the old Wheaties "Penny Weight" models. I was an avid balsa (stick and solid) modeler as a young lad. Made, flew and crashed many stick/paper airplane models. Graduated to control line and free flight gasoline engine powered models (crashed a lot of them too). Like some of you I made many plastic models, mostly aircraft and ships, had to leave most behind as we moved from state to state. Neighborhood kids were happy to get my leavings. Found "Flying Things" web site a few years ago and built their Zero model. During a web search I discovered Paper Paradise, Fiddler's Green and a fellow named Chip who designs some darn fine models. Am now trying to build my own air force.
Miscellaneous: I like seeing what can be done on a computer. I do 2D/3D graphics. I have many of the flight simulators made for a PC. Was an active pilot from 1948 to 1988 and like to imagine I am still up there among the clouds.
Posted: February 2000
Name: Gerry Rechnitz
Cardmodeling Interest: Civilian and military Aircraft
Profession: Computer Communication System Programmer of large computers
Cardmodeling History: I got introduced to card modeling, in 1966. In 1968 there was an exhibition of armored vehicles captured during the war and they also sold a weapons almanac with a set of paper models. Whilhemshaven T-34 tank, F-104 Starfighter, the atomic submarine Nautilus and several other small kits. I built all of them and since then paper modeling became my major hobby. I also started building the IAFmagazine kits but this was over when the IAF magazine stopped publishing the models. Few years ago I found Moshe Lemer in the List and he sent me a few models. Now Moshe has returned to Israel and lives very close to me. I went to his home with my 11 years old son and saw all his models and cats. Two years ago I had a stroke and my doctors told me to use my hands, cardmodel building is the most efficient way for me to re-devlop my motor skills.
Posted: February 2000
Name: Larry Stillman
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Cardmodelling Interest: buildings, working models
Profession: I suppose I am now what is called an IT professional/public servant, but really, a community activist/still in the 70s person and other things.
Cardmodelling history: I didn't know I was an addict, but after my son was born in 1990, I started buying kids models around 1992, including one amazing 'Dracula' model which I made a hash of. I now realize that in its original form, it was a work of Japanese design excellence. Then, in November 1998, my best friend (a plastic modeller ) pulled a book out of a cupboard and said that I might enjoy 'this', this being Myles Mandell's Kremlin. His dad had picked it up years earlier on a trip overseas. I went berserk with obsessional joy, and then I started searching on the internet, and it has been downhill since, buying models, especially Micromodels over the web. I can't wait to build Tom Pleiner's nuclear power plant, with a few changes (eg anti-nuke stickers, maybe a simulated meltdown), and then some of my friends and people at work might take me seriously. My office is covered with models.
Miscellaneous: I don't think I will take up match-stick modeling (Micromodels produced a book about that - mission impossible). I am also a trained Assyriologist, which perhaps explains the interest in the obscure and obsessional.
Posted: February 2000
Name: Bob Bell
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Cardmodeling Intrests: Locomotives, Ships, Birds.
Cardmodeling History: It started when I was 8 years old sat in the air raid shelter in Manchester, England, attempting to make 'Micromodels' while the bombs dropped all around me (WWII). Of course they were too difficult for me but it kept my mind and hands occupied which helped appease my fear somewhat. Little did I relise that later in life I would own and operate a museum devoted exclusively to card modeling. The Old Strathcona Model and Toy Museum was born of my dream and the drive and energy of my wife. I had rediscovered card modeling while I attended university through an ad (John Hathaway) in a model magazine, and from then on I was hooked. I became a professional children's librarian and since my job included building displays, I had a good excuse for building models. It was from watching the reaction of wonder and amazement by the public on viewing these models that spawned the idea of opening a museum. The museum was located in our home, a large Edwardian house located in the historic district of the city . We opened to the public in May of 1985 and operated seven days a week for the next 13 years, averaging about 15,000 people a year. My oldest son took up the business of importing card models and opened a store in one of the rooms and looked after the museum while my wife and I worked. We took over on evenings and week-ends. We had lots of media coverage including national and US tv which resulted in bookings from tourist companies as far away as Japan. This forced us to retire early from our paid employment so we could concentrate fully on the museum. In 1998 we decided we had to cease operation because it was too much for us and financialy it was digging into our pensions. In spite of our popularity and international recognition, we did not receive any funding except donations left by visitors. Gerry my wife built many of the architectural models but her dominant interest is origami. The museum became the center for origami enthusiasts and much of her time was taken in teaching classes to raise funds for the museum. She also hosts the Folding Festival, the only origami festival in Canada, now in its 11th year.
Miscellaneous: Since closing the museum I have had more time to create my own card model designs (mainly locomotives) and persue other aspects of paper work such as paper sculpture and Origamic Architecture. Examples of my locomotives can be seen on my web site at: http://www.connect.ab.ca/~bobbell/index.htm
Posted: March 2000
Name: J. Bruce Monson
Location: Denver, Colorado
Cardmodeling Interest: Mostly aircraft and ships or any other subject that catches my fancy
Profession: Technical Illustrator with the U.S. Geological Survey (retired on disability)
Cardmodeling History: My first encounter with paper models was as a four-year-old child. For me and my two older brothers, my mother would build the Old West buildings printed on the back of cereal boxes. As I recall, we had enough buildings to cover the living room floor. At age 8, I began a long history of plastic model building for which I eventually won several awards, but something was missing. In about 1975 a friend introduced me to the Wilhelmshaven models. I had built 20 models in a 10 year time span until my disease made it extremely difficult for me to use my hands for such demanding precision. Most of my models are still on display in my home (I have been hospitalized for over five years with respiratory complications due to muscular dystrophy). It was difficult for me to accept my situation, but eventually I let it go and developed other pursuits, among them computers. One day while surfing the net I just happened to run across someone's paper modeling site. All of a sudden, I discovered paper modeling pages all over the place. This rekindled many happy moments from my younger years, and even though I can no longer build the models myself (physically), I can still enjoy building them in my mind and appreciate the fantastic work done by you other modelers.
Miscellaneous: I have spent more than 400 hours in a year-and-a-half span building just one model. The reward was worth every second of time spent. Your reward will be directly proportional to the care you exercise during construction.
Posted: July 2000
Name: Matthew M. Sparks
Location: Colfax, CA
Cardmodeling Interest: Eclectic, Spacecraft, Aircraft, Buildings, Vehicles. Historical.
Profession: UNIX Systems Administrator.
Cardmodeling History: My very first initiation to card modeling was in 1972when I got a couple Centuri Rockets with paper shrouds for detailing. Later the next year in England I found paper models of Shakespeare's birthplace and the Globe Theater. A few years after that I got a Paper Hindenburg at the Smithsonian. Did lots of Origami and then through Chip Fyn of Fiddler's Green I found a whole world of like minded paper enthusiasts.
Miscellaneous: Other hobbies are Writing, Gardening, Scuba Diving, Adventuring.
Posted: August 2000
NAME: Alan Frenkel
LOCATION: Farmington Hills, Michigan
PROFESSION: Optometrist (Former engineer - I programmed mainframes in FORTRAN back in the 60's)
CARDMODELING INTERESTS: Primarily aircraft, but have tried several types besides this (Origami, architecture, transportation). I also want to try some ships. I, like Kell Black, find the shapes of things to be fascinating.
CARDMODELING HISTORY: Built the Shell Lunar Lander way back when. Next saw a paper model at a model airplane club meeting several years ago. I bought several models from PMI at that time, but only completed a couple. When I found the mail list several years ago I began in earnest. Have built all kinds of paper models in the last few years. I even built a couple of Dan Shippey's spacecraft which I enjoyed. Some of my more recent models are at my ".Mac" album site:
MISCELLANEOUS: I still maintain an interest in stick & tissue planes, and would like to learn more about building wooden boats. However, I find it easier to pursue my card modeling at this time. Card modeling projects just seem to break readily into small, doable, pieces. So many wonderful models to build! I've also been reviewing some of my drafting and would like to design a model or two. I've got a couple of subjects in mind.
POSTED: March: 2003
Name: Mark Johnson
Profession: Retired USAF Navigator and Aero Engineer, working full time again with computers.
Cardmodeling History I grew up with full-scale airplanes and models of all sorts. My dad was a WWII veteran and pilot who had me in the back seat of his surplus T-6 before I was big enough to see over the side. I've built countless models over the years. My favorites before I discovered card models were scale model cars and Free Flight scale model airplanes. I've also restored a few full size cars over the years but am currently out of that very expensive hobby. I had no idea of the extent of card modeling until stumbling on an example of Emil's incredible F-15c while doing some Internet research at work. I then remembered that I had built a card model back in the early 80s during a two week TDY at Wright Paterson AFB. That model was the fabulous Ford Trimotor by Peter Zorn. Not wanting to destroy the pages (I still have the book) , I made a photo copy of the book and built from that. That project filled up the two weeks of evenings and I remember that it turned out remarkably well, even in black and white on thin paper! I couldn't figure out how to get it home so I left it there in the hotel room. I often wondered what the maid thought seeing that finished model sitting there all alone the day I left, and what became of it. Anyhow, I bought Emil's F-15E from Moshe and then the Fiddlers Green CD, then Roman's Macchi Folgore. At that point I was hopelessly addicted to card modeling. It's been almost a year now and I have about a hundred models waiting to be built and have actually put about a dozen together. Although I admire the highly detailed model kits, I find the greatest pleasure in taking a simple model and making it look more detailed than it really is. I did this in the past with my flying models. To take a few balsa sticks and a sheet of tissue paper and make an actual airplane that flies well and looks good is another great satisfaction. I have recently discovered the Whilhelmshaven series of models and really enjoy just looking at the precisely engineered pages. I still am reluctant to cut into any of these models. That's why I'm so fond of the digital models that you print yourself. Finally, I got so much inspiration from those who were willing to share their experiences on the web that I was motivated to build a web site myself. I hope many more modelers will try this since web pages are really quite simple and a great way to expand our hobby. All you need are a scanner or digital camera. I'm looking forward to building a great many more card models as I grow in this facet of scale modeling.
Posted: August 2000
Name: William H. Geoghegan (Bill)
Location: Wilton, Connecticut
Cardmodeling Interest: Aircraft, especially WWII and between-the-wars classics. In reality, I'll build almost anything that catches my eye.
Profession: Hard to say. I'm currently an e-business marketing strategist for IBM. That's my second career. My first was as a Professor (Anthropology, research in the Philippines), Dean, and academic computing center director at U.C. Berkeley. Interesting how many (ex-)college teachers there are on this list.
Cardmodeling History: I started modeling as far back as I can remember, first with solid models (still have a P-61 from a pine kit that I did with my dad back in the late 40's), then with stick and tissue (peanut and freeflight), U-control, and plastic. Still have built, half-built, and unbuilt models of all classes strewn throughout the basement. My first cardmodels were the ones that came on the cardboard separators in Shredded Wheat boxes back in the 40's. Don't remember much about them, except that they had a Wild West theme -- models of western forts and such. After that, a long hiatus, filled with plastic (helps in acquiring a few of the detailing skills you need in cardmodeling), stick models (teaches you about fragility), wooden boats (helps you understand patience and long-term thinking), and U-control (teaches you about the consequences of "small" mistakes in a big way). All of this was preparing me for a return to card models, of course. I came back to cardmodeling around 1985 when I found some Schreiber models in a large hobby shop in Mountain View, California. I built a few of them during "plastic breaks," but found myself getting hooked. Had to pack it up when we moved from California to Connecticut in 1990, and a 10-year break from modeling of all types followed. Earlier this year, I stumbled across the FG Cub as a result of doing some Web research on the Martin YP6M Seamaster (which I worked on as a Martin intern). That did it. The Cub was followed by other FG freebies, a couple of Sgr. Prudenziati's WWI models, and then commercial kits from PMI, ModelCard, ModelArt, etc. I'm afraid my "buy-to-build" ratio is running at about 5-to-1. Sounds pretty common for this crew. I'm now looking forward to about a century's worth of happy cutting, folding and pasting.
Miscellaneous: Other hobbies are travel (history, art, and exotic), reading (good sci-fi, clever historical novels), cooking, and more modeling. Have to figure out what to do with about 50 unbuilt plastic models.
Posted: August, 2000
Name: Cecil Severs
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Profession: Environmental Engineer with the State of New Mexico. (Former systems engineer with IBM)
Cardmodeling Interests: Primarily aircraft, especially WWII and 30's civilian although I have down loaded many other projects recently and found the Japanese trout especially interesting. Cardmodeling History: My introduction to cardmodels began in the mid 60's with the re-introduction of Jack Armstrong WWII models by Wheaties as box top premiums. I have done some modeling off and on since then starting with plastic models in my teen years. While interning with McDonnell Douglas in 1977 I acquired several tab and slot F-15 models and loved flying them. I re-discovered cardmodels on a trip to San Antonio Texas, in 1984 where I found an Alan Rose Saturn V model and a Wilhelmshaven DR-1. I built the Fokker model and was fascinated with the detail available with a paper model. I've been hooked on cardmodels since then. A few years ago I fell in love with the Bellerophon "Color Cut Out and Fly" book series, mostly because I enjoyed the coloring process. Most recently I have purchased the Fiddlers Green CD and have been inspired by my fellow cardmodelers to explore the detailing possibilities with these fine models. I've also down loaded dozens of models from various web sources. Sometime in the near future and in between building acquired kits I would like to start a few design projects. The first of these which I have in mind is a "Tornado" model and it's not the one which you are thinking of. This will be hard to fit in though since my purchase/download to buid ratio is something like 100/1.
Miscellaneous: Other interests include fly fishing and tennis. I enjoy adapting the fly tying tools and materials to cardmodeling.
Posted: August 2000
Name: Grant Madill
Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Card Modeling Interest: Will build anything in paper, but prefer aircraft and boats.
Cardmodeling History: Built balsa wood models in childhood - later plastic. A friend introduced me to paper models 30 years ago. Still have a "Jenny" purchased from John Hathaway I have yet to assemble. Like all modelers I couldn't resist buying kits every time a catalogue arrived or I visited a dealer. Have been dealing with Lou in Portland, Oregon who turned me on to Chip Fyn. COMPUTERS AND FREE DOWNLOADS HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER. Recently rescued a SD-14 (7 ft. paper freighter). A friend was moving and about to burn it. He had become overwhelmed and gave up on it some time ago. Takes up half of my den. I will need help when I get to it. My main problem is what to do with the finished models. Have given away my entire collection four or five times (up to 70 models each time), I'm running out of friends to give them to -- but the neighborhood kids are always happy to see me come along with a big box.
Miscellaneous: Other Interest Kite building and flying, motorcycle touring (Arizona doesn't seem so far away anymore - h-m-m-m!)
Posted: August 2000
Name: DeWayne Barnett
Location: On a hill top just South of Morehead, Kentucky. Interest: Mainly aircraft from the earliest days of powered flight to the prop powered craft of Nam but will build anything interesting.
Profession: Professional loafer(disabled vet). Background in radar electronics and missile defense systems(ripple two!), installed fiber optics all over the US as a sub contractor, and ran my own electronics repair shop. Back, legs, eyes and hair going South...Mind sharp as ever.
Cardmodeling History: Have always been involved with models in one aspect or another. Am a newcomer to card modeling. Became involved during recovery from a hospital visit. Quickly discovered medications to dull senses also affect 'controlled' motor skills (read as- "Why did you glue your fingers to the paper?"). Nurses took away my glue - wife and daughters bought Dover Books to mull over. Been hooked since.
Miscellaneous: Am a type-A personality- my favorite phrase- lead, follow or get out of my way - married nearly 33 years (for better or worse- I couldn't have done no better - She couldn't have done no worse!). Three daughters, eldest soon to be 29 - youngest just hit 16. Am a Past Master of my Masonic lodge. Up until the last few years was an avid hard core motorcycle nut.
Posted: August 2000
Name: Dan Shippey
Location: Temple City, CA (Near LA)
Cardmodeling Interest: Mostly aircraft and spacecraft but also ships and historic subjects.
Profession: Writer, Director of product development for Pilgrim Theatrical, and card model designer for Delta 7 Studios
Cardmodeling history: I built set models for years not knowing they were cardmodels. About three years ago I found a Jack Armstrong model at the PIMA air museum and wondered if there were any other card models available through the net. I found my way to Fiddlers Green and Chip Fyn hooked me up with the cardmodelers list. After a short time I took up designing models because there were models I wanted that nobody else was making. Designing led to selling and I set up Delta 7 Studios as a place to market my spacecraft models.
Other Interest: Far too numerous to name.
Posted: August 2000
Name: Peter Wehrhahn
Location: Brügge, near Kiel (Baltic Sea), Germany
Cardmodeling Interest: Aircraft, Cars, Railroad and Buildings
Profession: German Air Force, Radar and Computer Technician (NIKE-Hercules SAM-System) (Retired 1991,after 12 Years of service). Now working in the administration of the Institut fuer Meereskunde/Institut for Marine Science in Kiel. My job is to buy everything needed for the 300 people working here - from pencils and PC´s up to CRAY-Supercomputers, maintenance projects for our own research vessels, customs service and so on. Nice job.
Cardmodeling history: I´ve got my first card-models at age of 6 or 7. I still remember the kits: the ME262 from Wilhelmshaven, the Do27 and the SAR Cruiser from Schreiber. My Grandpa bought them for me to not disturbing him by working his garden. As you all know, this is not a good start, totally without any help, so the thee models went to the waste paper. About 4 Years ago, I discovered the first sites with free models on the web, starting a freebie hunt. The card-modeling-FAQ from Steve came to help ( as Sauls and others site still do). My first models I have build at that timehave been some NASA-freebies. After that I ordered some of the laser-cut satellites from scikits. My other models are from Möwe (the Stettin and Bussard as ex.) and Schreiber. My last new kits are some cars done by a small east-German firm called the “Pappenbauer”- models of really nice cars from the former GDR..
Miscellaneous: As I am not really hooked on ships, it´s nice to see some everyday in the Kiel harbor. Kiel is still the largest German Navy harbor. On the other hand you can see tons of civilian (sail-)ships every year at the “Kiel Week”, the largest sailing event in the world.
Other Interests: As you can see at my home page, one of my other hobbies is model railroading, especially US-prototype. I hope to get time to expand my web-site and to learn better English.
Posted: September 2000
Name: Brad Arnold
Location: Staunton, Virginia
Cardmodeling Interests: Anything historical (planes, ships, buildings, etc.)
Profession: Just getting started: I got my B.A. in history from VMI (Virginia Military Institute) and my M.A. in military history from JMU (James Madison University). I am currently a full-time dad of a two-year old while I take time off before the Ph.D. My lovely wife's name is Carrie.
Cardmodeling History: Again, just getting started. I had never heard of paper modeling until a about a month ago when I had a random dream about model castles. It intrigued me, so I did a search on the web, found PaperParadise, and the rest is history. This hobby has opened up a whole new world to me. I have been amazed at everything I have found so far. I am glad I joined this list. It's like meeting celebrities when you guys post (Saul, Chip, Mike H., etc.-May I call you by your first names?), especially after scouring your web sites. I plan to create my own museum and use these models in the classroom when I (God-willing) teach military history in the future.
Posted: September 2000
Name: Frank-Michael Goldmann
Location: Winsen near Hamburg, Germany
Cardmodeling Interest: Mainly ships, from time to time architecture
Collecting Interest: Ships of Wilhelmshaven, Maly Modelarz, cfm, Schreiber and: any old card, who reminds me on the good old 50es and 60es. Just started to collect the beautiful british Micromodel cards.
Cardmodeling history: Like many other kids of my generation I started in the late 50es with Wilhelmshavener card models, ships and airplanes. Models like Jason, Hipper/Blücher, Christina or Noratlas. It´s interesting: at that time most kids in North Germany build card models of Wilhelmshaven, in the South they build cardmodels of Schreiber. This was only a question of distribution of the publishers in these ancient times. After school my interest turned to other things, like sports, parties, study, job and family - quite normal life, like in some million other cases. But roundabout 15 years ago I discovered the hobby of my childhood and in my teen years started again with building card models of Wilhelmhaven and from time to time a castle of Schreiber. By the way: never in my modelers life I touched a plastic-kit. For me it´s a question of creativity, to come from second dimension while modeling to the third dimension. Plastic-kits have already 3 dimensions, so it´s more a question of correct painting parts - in my opinion. In the last years I went to the cardmodelers convention in Bremerhaven - it´s not even 2 hours by car from my home town. These visits are the real salt in the cardmodelers soup, you meet nice people, it´s quite familiar not commercial - and you see lots of brilliant build models and beautiful cards, youve never seen before. Thats, why I become in the last years more and more a collector, too. If I would try to build all the models, I collect til today, I should live for 50 or more years longer - like many other card model-lovers I think. Latest step in my history is really actually: I discovered Internet, Card Modeling FAQ - what a wonderful thing - and CardModelers list - what a wonderful thing,too.
Updated: July 2001
Name: James MacDonald
Location: Morganton, NC
Profession: Creator of "ChildSafe Rescue Disk" & Vocational Education Teacher w/ local Community College ( teach in a Youth Prison)
Cardmodeling Interest: Haven't decided, love them all.
Collecting Interest: Currently Emergency vehicles and Ships
Cardmodeling history: The first model I built was a Saturn car, on regular paper, I didn't know anything about card stock then.
Miscellaneous: Since starting card modeling I have designed one model and in the process of 45 others. Models are of emergency vehicles here in the county I live in (ie, fire trucks, ambulances, rescue trucks, etc...)
Posted October 2000
Name: Miroslaw "Mike" Krol
Location: Originally Poland, now Roselle Park, New Jersey
Cardmodeling Interest: Aircraft (WW II and modern) and ships (WW II)
Profession: Project Manager for engineering firm designing fiber optic lines.
Cardmodeling History: Didn't have enough fun putting plastic kits together, and since I like to constantly change and improve my models, so I had to find something different. Bought my first Maly Modelarz at the age of 12 and got hooked right away. Fell in love with Halinski, Fly Model, Modelcard, and Hobby Model aircraft and ships as soon as they became available on the market. I'm happy for what a good competition did to Maly Modelarz - check out their latest models. Recently I'm trying to move into designing my own models.
Name: Andrew Otewalt
Location: I live in the San Francisco bay area. I have the usual long commute to work, it takes about a half an hour. I have to drive 7 miles. Yeah, that's no misprint, 30 minutes for a SEVEN mile drive. A few days are quicker and a few days take longer. At least the weather is usually nice.
Profession: I am software test engineer for a scanning electron microscope that weighs 2 tons and costs $ 1.6 million ( u.s.a. dollars ) for the basic model, and most ship at a cost of $ 2+ million. It is a great job, indoors in the winter and no heavy lifting.
Cardmodeling Interest: I like to build different things at different times. For a while I will prefer planes, then I will switch to buildings, or cars and trucks, or sci-fi, or ships. Lately I have been having a hard time getting the shapes correct on planes. I don't know if my eyesight is going bad, or if my coordination is getting poor, maybe both. Either way it is very irritating. I have changed to a ship phase. I just finished the Pirate Ship Delphin ( fantasy scale ), the Norderney 1:250, the Trawler Sachsen 1:250, and the rebuild and repair of the flying plane Dornier Whale ( all from PMI ). I would like to build the Nautilus, Captain Nemo's submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. I also think the Robbers Castle looks fun. or a sailboat. oh, so *MANY* choices ! I tried to build the paper clock, but my skill level was too low and nothing would fit together correctly. It was a clear case of operator error. I need more practice and i'll try again.
Cardmodeling History: I started building paper models about 30 years ago. the first time I saw paper models was in a toy store in San Francisco, California, called Jeffery's Toys. on one cold summer visit, my oldest brother bought some paper models of old cars. I watched him build them, and i was fascinated watching him turn a flat piece of paper into a model of a car. The next time we were in San Francisco, I spent my allowance on paper models. I had a great time, I could buy so many more paper models than I could buy anything in plastic. And, I could buy castles and zeppelins, which were not available in plastic. My interest in this hobby has continued to this day. It is difficult to find the time I would like to spend with this hobby, but i can squeeze in a few hours a week. It also helps that all my tools and a few models "in progress" can fit in a toolbox that can be packed away at a moments notice. I tried to design a few models, but they developed much slower that i expected and it was clear to me that it would years before they were finished and not look that good anyway. Maybe I will change my design approach and try to design and build more when I have some free time ( free time ? HA ! ). I like to do all my shopping via catalogs. for paper models i have been a satisfied customer of PMI for many years. PMI = Paper Model International, owner Louis Dausse puts together a great printed catalog, and PMI is on the web = http://members.home.net/pmidausse/index.html. Lou is a great guy to deal with. I have the pleasure to know him personally, he's an family friend. if you are looking for something, i'll bet Lou has it.
Miscellaneous: I am married to my college sweetheart ( finally ! ), and we have a one and a half year old daughter ( finally ! ! ). most of my non-work time is spent with my family, and trying to keep "this-old-house" maintained. I wonder if I can build a new roof for our house out of paper ? for hobbies, I read everything I can, build paper models, and try to write humorous magazine articles and "slice of life" novels.
feel free to contact me via email = andrew.otewalt@KLA-Tencor.com
Updated: february 2001
Name: Dennis Mott
Location: Gate City, VA
Profession: Communications Technician
Cardmodeling Interest: Airplanes - WW1 - WW2 and JETS
Collecting Interest: Currently building the WW1 models from FG CD
Cardmodeling history: The first model I built was Fokker DIV and a Pietenpol Aircamper from FG, on regular paper. I didn't know anything about card stock then. I sure have learned alot from the cardmodelrs list....) Have a whole museum of FG WW1 planes I printed on 5x8 and 4x6 index cards. Just getting all of the free models downloaded, and starting to build them. So far don't know any of the names of other card model companies other than what I've seen and read online. I'm branching out into some of the Japanese models I've seen and downloaded.
Miscellaneous: I have been building models since a kid. Have done plastic and balsa, but until recently haven't done any paper models. I'm also actively involved in building and flying RC Airplanes.
Posted: July 2001
`Name: Walter Ruffler
Location: Bremen, Germany
Profession: teacher in a vocational training centre
Cardmodeling interest: cardboard automata, historical buildings
Cardmodeling history: As a child I fancied ships and castles (Wilhelmshavener and Schreiber card cutouts). Later on I was drawing cartoons and sculpturing with clay, plaster and concrete and I liked the kinetic sculptures of the Swiss artist Jean Tinguely in combination with the colorful sculptures made by his wife Niki de Saint Phalle. Then, two years ago, I discovered the whimsical automata of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre/London and rediscovered card modeling by the card automata of the British artists Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Peter Markey, Robert Ives and others and I started to design paper automata by my own
Name: Robert Forbes
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Cardmodeling Interest: Aircraft, but I keep finding all this other cool stuff! :-)
Profession: College student at Charleston Southern University, majoring in Computer Science.
Cardmodeling history:I've built plastic cars since I was about ten and then about a year ago I stumbled onto the PaperParadise site and FG. Since then, I've done a couple of Digital Navy ships and about 30 FG planes, as well as a bunch of freebie models. I'm currently trying to finish my first design, a suit of Medieval armor. Unfortunately, a college dorm doesn't leave much room for models.
Miscellaneous: I also do wargaming,(with paper models of course) and am in the process of creating a 3D dogfighting wargame.
Name: Nigel David Ward
Location: Gloucestershire, UK
Cardmodeling interest: Ships - preferably pre - 1918
Occupation: Senior Mechanical Designer Engineer (Diesel Engines), using state-of-art 3D modeling systems. Formerly Merchant Navy Engineer Officer.
Cardmodelling History: The first card models I remember were the Kelloggs animal masks on the back of cereal packets. First serious models were Wilhelmshaven destroyers and cruisers.After finishing with Merchant Navy devoted more time to more conventional modeling, but with advent of WWW, rediscovered the world of card magic. Now try to fit in modeling with time consuming profession ( with difficulty ).
Miscellaneous: Recently diagnosed as diabetic, which will curtail my traveling.
Posted: November 2001
Name: Oliver Michael
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Profession: Computer software developer and project manager
Cardmodel interests: Architecture, especially churches/cathedrals, french models
Cardmodelling history: I started with cardmodeling (after building Robin Hood castle from Micky Mouse comics as a child) when I visited cologne and found a quite cheap model of the cologne cathedral (Taschen, not the Schreiber one). I was surprised how much time I spent deliberately to build this and how much one could learn in terms of stability of the building itself.
My further projects were Schreiber models, as they were the only I could get: Speyer cathedral, Brandenburg Gate, St. Michaels Hamburg and I found while I visited the site a simple but impressive model of the Limburger Dom. Then I got to know Scheuer & Strüver (thanks Mum !) and the door opened to the L'Instant Durable models.Till then I built (beside others): Sainte Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe, Opera Garnier, Chartres Cathedral. Currently I'm working on Mont St. Michel.
Miscellaneous: My other interests are singing in a choir, which I started this year, and everything around computers.
Posted: November 2002
Name: Bob Santos
Location: Lower Paxton Township (about half way between Harrisburg and Hershey, PA
Cardmodeling Intrest: Mainly ships, aircraft and structures, but really anything.
Profession: USAF Vet, Retired Systems Programmer USN, Professional model maker for museums, industry, and a few collectors.
Cardmodeling History: Built all the paper stuff during WW II and shortly after, Jack Armstrong aircraft etc. Was a Hathaway and am a PMI customer. A nut for freebe down loads. If I have time when I finish my present commission I'd like to start the Tech Lab Models Chinese Differential Gear Compass, looks fascinating.
Posted: November 2002
Name: Jim Ballentine
Location: Dundee, Michigan
Cardmodeling Intrest: Warships, military aircraft and military vehicles
Profession: Software/database developer, former loader on a M60A3 main battle tank
Cardmodeling History: I was doing some 3D modelling work for a friend, when I came across a page with a link to the Digital Navy site. I had never heard of models made out of paper, and I was fascinated with the concept. I did some digging around the Net, and came up with more information that I ever dreamed, and more models to buy then I'll ever have money for. I've completed about twenty Fiddler's Green aircraft, and I've now built several larger scale planes, and three ships, though sadly most of my collection hasn't survived the last two moves. I've also built the complete collection of the dime flyers from Flyin' Things, and my 3 year old son just loves every one of them. We spend many nights dog-fighting our way to bed. :-)
Posted: November 2002
Name: Richard Borg
Location: Twain Harte, California, USA
Profession: Design Engineer of spacecraft electronics and CAD Designer
Cardmodeling Interest: WWI aircraft, Early Ironclads, F1 cars, but will build anything interesting.
Cardmodeling History: A plastic model builder/collector since 1956. First card models were for classes in Industrial Arts in College (i.e. houses, buildings, mock-ups, etc). Collected a few paper ships to use as masters for making plastic models. Then I got Chip Fyn's Morane and I was hooked.
Miscellaneous: I have two degrees in Entomology and an avid R/C modeler as well
Posted: November 2002
Name: David Cates
Location: Berkeley, CA, USA
Cardmodeling Interest: Mostly architecture, but expanding to include birds, pre-WWII airplanes, nonmilitary ships, and other odds and ends that seem intriguing.
Profession: Two, actually; by day. most of the time, I'm a consultant specializing in executive compensation, and also am a professional harpsichordist; I perform and tour occasionally, and have a few solo recordings on the market. Specialize in J.S. Bach, and some of his precursors and contemporaries.
Cardmodeling History: Well, I made lots of models growing up, from plastic to wooden HO scale trains back when those were still available; I dabbled a bit about 12 years ago in wood ship models, which was really interesting, and then one fine day I saw some Instant Durable models in a store and got hooked. My first model was their kit of Notre Dame, which I didn't do a very good job with, but liked the medium; didn't do anything for about ten years and then earlier this year, when I had a chunk of free time to fill, started making a few things I had collected, some Instant Durable and Domus kits. Since then have progressed to more challenging subjects, and have really gotten hooked on this craft. I seem to keep getting interested in more and more niches, beyond architecture, but my main passion remains architecture.
Posted: December 2002
Name: Robert (Bob) Mueller
Location: Port Washington, WI
Cardmodeling Interest: Aircraft, vehicles and others (in that order)
Profession: Technical documentation, computer consulting
Cardmodeling history: Modeling since 4 yrs of age, mostly plastic, but other mediums as well (balsa/tissue, multi-media, etc). Discovered internet paper model resource in 2000 and never looked back .
Miscellaneous: Also interested in music, athletics, art, literature, etc. See web pages thru: http://my.execpc.com/~muellr/
Updated: March 2003
Name: James K.(Jim) Baker
Location: Ypsilanti Michigan
Cardmodel interest: All types, particularly airplanes
Profession: Retired from own business as a Manufacturers Representative and designer of corrugated paper and corrugated plastic packaging - 40 years in the industry, less two years as a Specialist 4 in the Army at Fort Knox.
Modeling history: I have always been interested in airplanes, and building models. When I was about seven, a relative gave my brother and me several stick and tissue models - wingspan about 10 inches - and we managed to figure out how to put them together (and blow them up with firecrackers). I was 10 when WWII ended and my bedroom wall was covered with pictures of airplanes cut from magazines - and I could name every one of them. About 12 I got an Ohlsson 23 for Christmas, and built (and crashed) several "U" control models. Then I decided it was time for R/C, and built and flew a Sig Kadet. That wasn't good enough for a "SCALE" nut - giant R/C was getting started so I designed and started building a 1/4 exact scale Varga Kachina. Now 25 years later, it is still half done. Enter paper models. I had picked up a PMI Piper Cub some years ago when the local hobby shop was discontinuing paper models. I found it to be great fun. Then I found a Halinski Hellcat on E-Bay and managed to build it! I now have several drawers filled with kits, and have built a Halinski Oacar and Hurricane, about half dozen Fiddler's Green models, and a few others I have found along the way. I have several models in mind to try my hand at designing, and if I weren't so darned busy being retired (how did I ever get anything made) I would get right at it. Maybe next year for that.
Miscellaneous: One thing that I find sad is the current trend toward professionally built models. In the airplane magazines almost every review and ad is for "almost ready to fly"-pre-built, and ready to fly out of your hand. Model railroad equipment comes with all the detail already on, just put it on the snap in place track and run. At a whopping price that kids can't afford. Where are the kids with the imagination and skill to build things going to come from if this trend continues? That is one of the things I find so good about paper models. They are inexpensive, creative, and challenging to all ages. A seven year old can find and build satisfying structures, planes and ships, and have the thrill and satisfaction of building it himself. Someone once said of those pre-built models, "it is yours, but you don't own it like one you build yourself!". Amen
Posted: November 2003
Name: Mindaugas Pekarskas
Location: Kaunas, Lithuania
Cardmodeling Interest: Mostly aircraft and vehicles (mainly from WWII era), but I like everything. Mostly I prefer big models, unfortunately I don't have much room for them. Favorite manufacturers: Maly Modelarz, Flymodel, Modelik.
Profession: Student at Kaunas Technology University Gymnasium
Cardmodeling history: Everything began, when my Dad got ill. I was about 8 years old. My dad loved card modeling, but he forgot this hobby, when he was taken to USSR army. So, during these days, when he stayed at home, he found an old Maly Modelarz issue (RWD-17 Plane (8.1984)) and try to assemble it. He worked very slowly and thoroughly, and I was impressed, how he could make such nice plane, from some kind of an old and frayed magazine. Then I've found more old models, and I tried to make them. Off course, they looked awful when made, but I liked that. I don't know why, but I finished my hobby and there was a big pause in my card modeling career. I've returned to card modeling after 8 years. When I was sixteen, I saw some model photos on the internet and this made me to return to card modeling. Then I've found out, that there's a hobby shop in my city, so from now on I am guaranteed to have an unlimited supply of paper models. And I would like to mention, that discovery of cardmodelers online magazine and community mailing list is also very important event in my card modeling career. I don't have many friends who like card modeling, so cardmodelers community is a place where I can discuss, ask or simply talk about card modelin.g. In my future, I would like to own a house with a huge room, with glass shelves to store my paper models.
Miscellaneous: I like reading books (mostly associated with warfare), computers, biking and skiing. Unfortunately there are no good mountains for skiing, here in Lithuania, also global warming is doing its job, but I hope to get some snow every winter.
Updated: January 2005
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