Tools, Adhesives, and Other 3D Building Materials
Whether considered a science or an art, there is no denying that architectural scale model building remains a very relevant service even in this age of computer solutions to everything. Of course, scale or replica making has also benefitted from the cutting-edge development of computer software and 3D utilities.
Basic Materials in Traditional Model-Building
Traditional 3D architecture or scale model building is a craft. It requires high levels of dexterity and artistry and involves disciplines and attitudes including attention to details, patience and creativity. To some extent it requires balancing imagination with reality. For some traditional architectural or scale model builders, making the 3D replica is almost as hard as making the actual one.
First, a critical part of making architectural or scale model in Singapore is the choice of tools. Although skills matter more than tools, the quality of tools often separate good models from superior ones. High quality or reliable tools assure accuracy and provides levels of comfort which can help model builders not only in terms of artistry but by providing levels of convenience to minimize the already difficult demands of the task.
Depending on purpose, the first material to consider is the primary material for the model. This refers to the material to be used as major structures like walls. There is a wide range of materials to choose from depending on purpose available time, and level of expertise. The basic and most commonly used base material for models is the white foam board commonly 3mm and 5mm thick and can also be used as a base for models created from other light materials. Cork sheets are thinner sheets which are flexible than foam boards and are therefore easier to handle but are also less sturdy or durable. However, their textured brown finish often minimizes the need for finishing especially if modelling wood materials. In terms of minimal finish, wood is best used since it can left natural to achieve the necessary effect or can easily be painted. It is also the most durable material but is difficult to cut into small precise pieces even with precision equipment or tools. Wood is also heavier and more expensive.
For decoratives like plane of ship models or for more specific components of a landscape replica, Canson sheets, paper, wires, clay, or paper mache are easily pliable or cut and therefore allows Singapore 3d scale model makers to better capture form.
Choosing the Cutting Tools
After choosing primary materials, it is crucial to choose the best cutting tool. Since model building requires cutting a lot of materials into tiny precise pieces, the choice of cutting tool is often considered the most important tool in the craft. These cutting materials include cutters, knives, and scissors. The comfort of the grip, size of the cutting material, variety of uses, durability are major considerations second only to the sharpness of blade, durability, corrosion or chemical resistance properties of the blade.
Aside from providing convenience and dexterity, a high quality blade also helps achieve a neat finish. The use of laser cutters or laser-guided cutters are other technologies look digital rendering or printing can also make provide additional ease, speed and cleanlinesss to the final output.
Adhesives and Putting It All Together
Since the multiple and miniature parts need to be assembled or put together, the choice if adhesive is just as crucial. Adhesives not only bind materials together and provide stability and durability of the projects, it also affects the cleanliness of the project. For instance, glue sticks are cheap yet strongest and easiest to use. They are also readily available and therefore the most popular. White glue is also a common although it takes a while for them to dry which makes it difficult to readily attach objects together and finish the project faster. Double-sided tapeis not as strong as other adhesives but is neat and adjustable while other adhesives like wood glue are especially material specific adhesives and are often colored and therefore difficult to clean up.