There is a set of basic tools that a modeller needs in order to make models out of paper and cardboard; these are a cutting mat, a metal ruler, knives and scissors.
A cutting mat provides a surface on which to cut materials. This is usually made of rubber as it reduces the chances of slipping when using knives on it, but a piece of hardboard or other similar material can be used as a suitable alternative. Rubber cutting mats have several advantages. They typically have a grid printed onto them that provides a guide for lines to be cut quickly, they accept cuts easily yet are very hardwearing, and they also protect the surface upon which the model is being made.
A metal ruler is essential as it not only guides the knife in a straight ...