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Paper Models

Author: Lutz Pietschker
Version: 2010-12-31

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This is a collection of other small models that do not warrant their own gallery page:

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"Mir stürzet ab!" (untranslatable Swabian pun) is a satiric model based on the last days of the Russian Mir space station which fell apart before it even crashed. No damage was done to people or things (with the exception of Mir itself), but faith into engineering excellence suffered somewhat.
The model is not much to look at from the other sides. It is pre-punched and can be assembled easily and without glue. The black rod to the right is the handle that rotates the astronaut.
Villa Bärenfett, a postcard model of a Karl May memorial building. Nice and easy holiday fun for days that are too bad (or too hot) to do anything else.
This is a little model of a pigeonry from south-western France. It is one of a series of similar models by that publisher that show such pigeonrys from all over southern France.
The first picture shows the original tower as it stands in Saint Paul. The model is pretty accurate, with good graphic detail, a pleasure to look at. A similar view of the model is below.

(Pigeonnier Saint Paul Cap de Joux, published by Piroux, 1:100, 7.5x9x10 cm, postcard-style model equivalent to 1 sheet A4)

The tower has one brick wall and three framework walls. The columns and the frame are designed to keep out predators like martens. The fact that the only access is by ladder serves the same purpose.
The model is also quite accurate, but the alignment of the columns between house and base is difficult. Maybe I made a mistake there, but they came out slightly oblique. Next time I think I would build the columns top down and complete them, including the square bases, before putting them on the ground plate.
The "Arabian school in Algeria" (Ecole Arabe en Algerie) was built from a reduced reprint of a lithography of Imagerie d'Épinal, France, 1885. The scale is approx. 1:100, the model came on 1 A4-sized sheet and its finished size is 13 x 7 x 13 cm.

The model is a good example of the educational models that were all the rage at the time of its first print run, showing exotic settings and scenes to an interested public. It was the time of colonialism, too, and people wanted a glimpse of those far-off lands they heard a lot about. The newly-invented lithography made it possible to provide this at an affordable price, while circuses added the "live" experience.

The model fits nicely (if not perfect) and for all its simplicity I think it also looks fine. A nice holiday task; the only additional finish I gave it was colouring the edges with pencils.
This is a nice mini-model by Christian Biskup, showing a little palace on the Pfaueninsel (peacock island) in the river Havel, Berlin (which happens to be my home town). The finished model is just 7 x 8 x 7 cm, and it came on just 3 postcard-sized sheets.

The palace was built as a pleasure palace by King Frederick Wilhelm II for his lady friend Wilhelmine Encke (later made Countess Lichtenau) and completed in 1797. Conceptually it is part of his summer castle in Potsdam, in easy reach from there and also on the road from Berlin to Potsdam, good to spend a day (or night) there at the king's convenience. Unfortunately the king died in the year the palace was completed, and Countess Lichtenau was banned.

The original building was designed by Johann Gottlieb Brendel, its architecture is a romantic pseudo-ruin style. The park surrounding the palace was re-designed by Peter Joseph Lenné in 1816. From 1821 on the island and palace have been open to the public, and today they are still a popular destination for weekend excursions. As in 1790, you can still get to the island only by boat (a small ferry runs there in summer).

The model is very precise and was fun to build. Lots of small parts, using a lens and tweezers is highly recommended!

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