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Architectural Modelmaking by Nick Dunn

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Wood

Perhaps the most established material used for making architectural models is wood, as it has prevailed for over 500 years. Unlike paper and cardboard, working with wood is typically more labour-intensive but the investment of additional time, effort and cost is often reflected in the impressive results. Since different types of wood each have their own natural aesthetic, this is usually expressed independently of the model’s form and composition. The subtle variances in the grain and colour of different woods provides a rich palette with which to model. Wood can be sanded very finely and then treated in a number of ways, including varnishes and paints, but the majority of models made using this material are left uncoated since it is the ...

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