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Ordering
Ordering Models
General
Card stock
Glue
Playing FG CD
Printing
I just renewed my magic keys for three years do I need to “rent “a folder also?
Custom models
Can't bring up your Web Site :(
Online publications and faqs
Model Scales

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Ordering
 

Ordering an internet model is real easy...

We'll use a Fokker DVII as an example...keeping in mind that when you order a model, you get an entire folder of that particular model at only the price of the large model.

First.....
From our home page: fiddlersgreen.net
Click on the WWI order page: http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/aircraft/WWI/WWI.htm
At 'Fokker DVII', click on the little box THEN... go down to the bottom of the page and click on 'ADD TO CART' or click on 'GO TO CHECKOUT' if you are done shopping.

One last click gets you the credit card page and simply fill it out....

Click on 'SUBMIT' and count to 30... you'll see a window pop up on the screen with a URL and all you need to do is click on that to get your model... Make as many copies as you wish...

Once the model is on your computer, you can open and print it using Adobe Acrobat. Make as many copies as you wish...

 
General
 

Most printers these days will print cardstock up to the most used #67 and even up to the sturdy #110. With the heavier stock, you might have to 'help' it through the printer by a gentle (but firm) push. Office Dept, Staples, Kinkos or Stationary shops are the best sources.

We here at Fiddlers Green use Epson ink jet printers and like to use an uncoated but with a somewhat hard surfaced #67 cardstock.

The Matt surface of a softer and more pulpy cardstock gives an interesting 'Polish' looking model. Kind of like soft sponge. As you probably already know, gloss paper is a disaster for standard ink jets unless you have photo inkjet printer.

Paper thickness-67# is used for the curvy jets and newer planes. The #110 is for boxy old birds. We've discovered if you're printing a model airplane that's basically green, beige, or yellow, it's absolutely magic to print on 'ivory' or 'cream' colored cardstock.
The colors are noticeably deeper and more saturated. Blue aeroplane models can be printed on a very light blue cardstock OR just plain white- brown or Camo planes on a light tan is fantastic.
Pink aeroplanes shouldn't be printed at all. If you can't find colored cardstock, just use the basic white cardstock and you'll do fine.

Silver Ink Jet Paper

One place you can purchase metallic papers at a little less cost is Red River Paper, a 50 sheet package (8.5"x11") is $29.00 in gold or silver. They also have it in larger sizes and it is made for inkjet printing. They have a toll free telephone number for information and orders (888-248-8774). Get their free catalog if you are interested in other specialty papers.

 

To answer your question about glue....

A lot of modelers use Elmer's Glue-All (a PVA glue, i.e. a latex resin dispersed in water, commonly called white glue) tacky glue (get it at craft or fabric stores) for small parts.

Tacky glue is basically thickened white glue. You'll find that leaving a small dab of Elmer's out for a few minutes gets me something similar. Plain ol' white glue is probably the best value. Adding a very small amount of water can help the working time.

Use a very small, flat brush to apply the glue giving you a lot better control over the amount of glue - you only need a tiny amount. Keep a glass of water handy to keep the brush clear of glue. You'll probably find that "Tacky Glue" works better, It sticks better initially and sets up faster.

Aleenes is a brand of 'tacky glue' and we at Fiddlers Green recommended it for card modeling. Get a baby food jar ( those things are a national treasure!) use the lid to spread your glue on. After my Aleenes container gets about half empty it tries my patience trying to squeeze some out. Usually I get a "poooop" of air and a splatter of glue. I put the Aleenes upside down in the baby food jar and that way the glue settles to the nozzle of the container. Needless to say one should put the cap on the Aleenes before turning it upside down.

If you can find it, UHU good and durable.

 

First be sure that you've installed the most recent version of Acrobat Reader. After putting in the disc to your D drive doubleclick on the icon and the program will come up.

Next, try a couple tweaks to your CD-ROM settings like turning off the auto insert notification and the DMA (direct memory access) and you should now have full access to the disk.

My 'puter has a slot for CDs. IT looks like the CD label has risen just enough that the disk won't eject... Take a Steno pad and taper the thick cover widthwise slide it in OVER the disk then hit the eject with the paper clip (if it's an Imac) and out it it'll come.. The card obviously holds the label down enough to allow the CD to eject.

 

Those who have Windows 98 can use the "Print Screen" button to capture an Abode Acrobat PDF file as a bitmap. Then you can import the clipboard image to your favorite graphic program. Mac users can also make screenshots... **(I believe you hold the Command+Shift + 3 keys)** If you magnify the Adobe Acrobat file, you can get an enlarged image which you can further manipulate. However, pay attention to your dpi settings or the scale may be thrown off. You may also have to "cut and paste" several images if the magnified image is too large to be shown entirely on one screen.

I like the concept of being able to print a card model myself. I can choose my favorite paper with thickness of my choice for different parts. It also encourages experiments as I always can print out the parts again when I make an serious mistake. Hopefully more models will be available for downloading or distributed on CD:s in the future.

 
Yep...
 

You don't want to know :) But you can use most any one of ours and alter it to suit your needs and as long as you don't sell them, there's no additional charge. Go to our Kids Corner (home page) or better still the Educators folder. Email us if you have a special plane in mind (Piper Cub?)

 

This seems to be an occasional glitch with Internet Explorer and AOL (which is actually tied into IE..)

Firefox or Safari work better- free downloads

 

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If you figure that N scale is 1:160 and your scale is 1:120 simply divide 160/120= 133% . So print any N scale model at 33% to go from N to and you're O.K.