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6 Reasons To Use Cereal Box Card for Model Buildings

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 by

It might seem a bit eccentric, collecting used cereal boxes from your friends. I have lost count of how many times I have answered the question; “What do you use them for?”

With only two of us in the household, we don’t eat enough to keep me supplied so I ask friends to keep theirs for me, this keeps a regular supply coming in. I have gathered quite a good supply to use for scratchbuilding and for model building kit prototypes.

So, why do I use It?

1. It’s FREE

What better reason could there be? Whether you are building one of my kits or scratchbuilding, if there is an opportunity to save money then go for it! After all, where’s the point in throwing away your hard earned cash on buying materials when there is a more than suitable FREE alternative?

My kits are diliberately designed around this principle, they are free to download, and there are minimal costs involved in building them. This saves you money to spend on other items that you need to buy for your model layout or diorama.

2. It’s Good Quality

Yes, it’s surprising how good the card used for cereal packaging is! Most boxes will provide two sheets of almost A4 card plus an offcut or two from the sides for smaller items. Provided the boxes are not crushed, the card is flat and can be either used on it’s own for small items or laminated together for larger ones.

You need to take care on your choice of adhesive to laminate it or when applying paper textures etc. but there is help here. As well as my own past experience, I have carried out tests and will share the results in a future post. Subscribe to the RSS feed to keep up to date on new posts or click here to go to the Scenerybuilder.com home page and sign up for my FREE email newsletter.

3. It’s the perfect thickness

The card used in cereal packaging is about 0.5 to 0.6mm thick. On it’s own it is very easy to cut accurately with a sharp scalpel or modelling knife and laminated into double or triple thicknesses it still cuts well.

A single thickness with paper textures applied is just the right thickness for a single brick in 2mm scale so a perfect thickness for walls especially when the building has sash windows as the whole brick thickness should be seen on the reveals. Similarly a double lamination is perfect for 4mm scale etc.

However, cutting arches or other intricate features accurately in double or triple thicknesses is not easy so this can be done before lamination, perfect!

4. It’s strong

When used laminated cereal box card can be offset at the building corners creating a step each side of the joint. This makes for very strong corner joints and together with internal walls here and there creates a robust model building.

5. Reuse is even better than Recycling

Recycling card uses energy which uses up valuable resources, mostly fossil fuel at the moment which is cannot be replaced. Of course recycling is better than cutting down more trees than is necessary so all my offcuts get recycled.

If you recycle all your packaging and go out and buy new card, it has an effect on the environment but reuse of card is so much better, no energy is used!

6. It’s good for you

As I see it, there are three options for food at breakfast time:

  • None at all which is not good for you.
  • Cooked breakfast which is complicated, time consuming and if it’s fried, it’s not good for you.
  • Cereal which is yummy, has added vitamins and if you don’t go for the sort that needs sugar piling on top, it’s good for you. You also get the FREE card to use for your model buildings!

So there you have it, 6 reasons why you should use cereal box card for your model buildings and six reasons to go to Scenerybuilder.com and download a FREE PDF card model building kit which is designed for reused card.

When youv’e finished, if you like what youve built, why not leave a donation towards the development of more FREE kits.

Thanks for reading



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