BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
· Look at the Assembly pictures if available. They show how to put the model together
in the order that works best.
· Assembly should take at least twice as long as you think. If you build it faster
(you can) your rushing the build and your model will look better if you slow down.
It always does.
· Sheets of cardstock (>60 lb. bond) -- may be labeled as cover weight, coverstock,
cardstock, etc. It is readily available at any office supply store, and it runs
though your computer printer without issue, however you should check your printer
settings as it probably has a 'thick paper type' that will work better.
· Sturdy ruler.
· Craft knife (e.g. X-Actoİ or equivalent) and/or scissors, I prefer the break-away
blade box cutter style. You always should work with a sharp blade.
· White PVA glue, and use it very sparingly!!!! Always apply glue to paper with a
toothpick or unrolled paper clip, never directly from the bottle.
. Markers to color the edges of your model. I use a grey mostly but you can color match.
· Avoid cutting out parts before you're ready to assemble that particular portion of
the model -- whole sheets are harder to lose than little tiny parts.
· Score along folding lines before cutting out shapes. To score parts run
your craft knife VERY LIGHTLY over the line to be scored.
· Cut out inner shapes (like the pass through holes for the solar array arms) before
cutting the outer edge.
PRINTING AND GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:
. Print out the model parts on cardstock.
· Keep everything at the same scale, i.e, print at 100% or at 'shrink to fit' or the
parts won't go together correctly.
· Make sure the cardstock is compatible with your printer -- office supply stores may
have several different types, depending on whether you are using a laser or inkjet printer.
· If the printer won't accept the cardstock (paper jams or other mishaps during printing),
print on regular paper and glue to cardstock or very thin cardboard -- spray glue is ideal
for this, as other types may not hold correctly, and might cause the paper to buckle.
. Score along all folding lines (center of solar panels, interior lines on tabs, etc.)
. Have fun with the model! don't be afraid to try building the shape. In the worse case,
you'll have to reprint the sheet and try again!
. Be sure your working with sharp knives,dull knives are unpredictable, Work on a flat,
stable surface, and keep body parts out of the way of the knife!!
Some download software you may need:
To make a mountain fold, aka, a peak fold, fold the paper so that the fold is pointing up.
For a valley fold fold the paper so that the fold is pointing down.
Create a score by making a pressure line or dent in the paper with a
blunt tool, such as a dead ballpoint
pen or screwdriver. Many folds should be scored so they
have a clean fold line. This technique adds a lot of detail to a model. You'll
notice a lot of real cars on the road apply this same technique to add detail to
door panels and fenders.
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