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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:57 am 
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FG Tissue Paper

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Hi All
I am becoming addicted to village layouts. I am slowly working my way through the Vyškovský ABC builds. Beautiful models and a real challenge. I also am interested in the FG English Village and the New England Village. Having the great fortune of living in New England (Rhode Island) I was thinking about designing some building to add to the NE Village. Of special interest to me are some more cottages and saltbox houses to fill out the village homes and some smaller industrial mills. Another thought just occurred to me. Would there be copyright issues with things like make a model of the round barn at Hancock Shaker Village? I was wondering if anyone knows a tutorial on how to design building for paper models? What would I need to get started? I run MAC OSX so that may be a deciding factor. I am pretty computer savvy, but have never undertaken this kind of project. If I can do this I will submit them to FG for general release. If anyone knows a link to the submission process that would be helpful.


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Lonnie


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:49 pm 
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FG 90# stock

Joined: Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:11 am
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Hi,
You can find the rules, tips and tricks on how to design models for FG here: http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/other/For- ... mments.php

To get started, my advice would be to get your hands in some 3D software and learn how to use it (I use a simple and cheap piece of soft called "Milkshape 3D", get it here: http://www.milkshape3d.com/) . I am not sure if there's a Mac version though, so you might like to know that you can have Windows running in your iMac with something called Parallels, that let's you turn a partition of your computer into a virtual PC.

Next you probably need Pepakura to unfold your model (http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/) and finally some design software to add the final touches to it. I use a professional software called Adobe Photoshop, but it is expensive and takes years to master. Probably a better option is to try to learn some simpler and cheaper program like Pixlr. You may also check this article "The top 10 alternatives to Photoshop": http://www.creativebloq.com/photoshop/alternatives-1131641

Finally you can try to look around this forum or other very popular forums like Papermodelers and Zealot where you'll surely find tutorials and advice from very experienced modelers and designers.

Best,
Mauri


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:28 pm 
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Will Pixlr work on a PC instead of the Mac? Thanks you. wc


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:14 pm 
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FG 90# stock

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Pixlr is an online photo editor, so you use it as any other webiste. This means it is not dependant of the operative system (Mac or PC).

Go to http://www.pixlr.com an check it out!

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Mauri


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:21 am 
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FG Tissue Paper

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions!


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