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Building models


e2o can be played with 3D cardboard models, cardboard tokens or miniatures from other games. This page is a guide for putting together 3D models belonging to the game.

Note that while the details of the game release are not sure and there's a proces of simplifying game models going on, this article is generally very useful for any kind of cardboard modelling! 

 

Tools: Ruler, mat and knives.Parts of the models are around the sheet for saving space. You can cut them out with small good-quality scissors, but in most cases, best result will be achieved with a sharp hobby knife and a metal ruler. In addition, a snap-blade knife is good to have for making longer straight cuts. On right, you can see a hobby knife, snap-blade knife and a metal ruler; The ruler in the picture has right angle that isn't opimal for this purpose, even if it is invaluable for other modelling purposes, should you get involved in such some day.

When buying a ruler, be sure to check it's not aluminium, or it has at least steel reinforcement. Aluminium is too soft and the knives carve it, making it soon unusable. Under the tools is a a cutting board - it's very nice to have if you do more modelling, but several layers of cardboard (depending on thickness) can also do the trick.

Another thing that may become handy are pinchers; More on this later.

Cautions

First I want to remind you that BE CAREFUL. Those knives are REALLY sharp, and when keeping the ruler firmly the fingers may be in danger... And you should always keep them sharp - if you are doing modelling with thicker cardboard, blades are even more dangerous when they aren't sharp. Dull blades may cause wrinkles in the cardboard. When cutting thicker cardboard while the blade is dull, you need a lot of power when cutting, especially if cutting thicker than 1mm cardboard. If the blade is dull, it may get stuck, and when you use more power for it, it may be suddenly relased and hit your hand or even leg.

Cutting

 

Cutting holders

Try cutting some practice lines first, so you'll learn how close the blade is to the ruler. When cutting models, try to keep the blade straight in sideways - you can lean it towards direction of cut, though, but too much leaning may make you cut too far, especially when cutting inner corners - keeping your blades sharp also helps here.

 

Starship radar base - cutting continues.

Short, straight cuts are sometimes faster to do by putting the blade of the hobby knife down on the paper and just pressing it down. Practice before using so you learn to find right place!

Gluing

Applying glue for paper starship miniatures.

An excellent way to apply glue is to drop a bit of (PVA or equivalent) glue on a piece of cardboard and applying it with a cocktail stick.

Applying glue to radar dish.

With smaller pieces, pinchers may also become handy. Just a little bit of glue and then press the parts together, wiping any bursting glue off carefully.

Making folds easier

Making folding lines for American Gunship

Sure, you can make folds just by folding the paper/cardboard. This might not make perfect folds, but if you're mass-producing in a hurry, go ahead. Again, practice before going for actual models might help. But if you want better lines, especially if using cardboard instead of thin paper, here's a technique for you: First, mark carefully places of the lines on the end of the cardboard so you can see them from the other side.

Making lines to help with folding cardboard.

Flip the piece around. Take a pen and by pushing firmly, draw lines between the points you marked from the other side. This will make the cardboard thinner and makes you an easy fold. Just note that pen is wider than knife, and lines will easily appear to wrong place. Before applying pressure, draw a light line until you learn to estimate the right distance for the ruler and the actual line.

Blackening edges

Blacklining - Blackening edges of a paper piece.

In some cases, even with light grey cardboard, edges of the piece might be too light. You may use a black marker with even point to blacken these edges. Generally, this works only for outer edges; On inner edges, the lines make cartoonish effect. With some pieces, using the marker before gluing works better. Attention: Markers may have an ink that starts running through structures of paper, and make the black spread spoiling the piece. Therefore, you should draw the lines fast.

Adding hue to radar dish.

In some cases, a grey color pencil works better than black pencil. This is back of a radar that will stay exposed, and while it's not very visible, darkening it with a pencil is a nice touch.

Making radar dish round.

Sometimes, you need to make different kinds of round shapes. Pencils, coctail sticks and other round items are excellent molds for them. Here's a bit trickier one: Making the radar dish. Once you have cut the radar dish out and cut one edge of the holder piece separate from the other end of the dish (so you twist the piece and can glue the holder piece to the backside of the dish), put the piece between two of your fingers. Take a pen or another piece that has cone-like end - but not something that will spread ink or other color to the piece. 

Put the point of the pen to the middle of the piece, pushing it a bit down to the gap between your fingers. Pushing it down so it bends the cardboard a bit, make a circle with the pen as the image shows; Rolling the pen makes it easier. You can also try to turn the dish with your fingertips and hold the pen on the place. After this operation, dish should have a bit of cone-like shape and you can easily glue the holder to the back of the piece. As this is quite small item, pinchers may come valuable with this.