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Roman Seas Model Construction

Roman Seas PDF models are designed to be printed onto 67lb (147gsm) card stock, which is readily available from many shops such as Staples, Office Depot etc. To construct our own models, which we now take to our gaming club and to conventions, we printed the models onto 20lb inkjet paper, and then took these printouts to Staples, where we had laser copies made, also onto 20lb paper. We then took the laser printouts and spray glued them onto 67lb card stock, and then made our models from these. You should not use paper greater in weight than 80lbs as the card stock will result in too tight of a fitting between parts and will result in an unsatisfactory model. The benefits of using laser printing over ink printouts is that the final results will resist water, although you can spray ink printouts with various commercially available varnishes that will make them semi-water resistant.

If you are in doubt as to what construction/paper method to use, or how a model goes together: read the instructions that come with the navy sets, and experiment to see what works best for you -- printout a few ships models in grayscale and then test build a couple until you are comfortable with your results.

Completed Roman Seas Models

Once your Roman Seas ship models completed, we recommend that you mount them onto heavy card (matting or illustration board). Once mounted onto heavy card, your final modeling results are superior in strength to pewter/metal/resin models.

NOTE: For more information on constructing Roman Seas ship models, check out the BLOG articles on the Links Page.

"The tools of card stock model building (used, bend and scratched)"

A: Cutting Board -- you simply must have a good cutting surface (I can't stress this too much).
B: Steel 12" Ruler -- for cutting straight lines (very useful and recommended).
C: Dull Scoring Knife -- a dull knife that creases rather than cuts card stock is preferred.
D: Took Picks -- good for applying glue (also work well as masts for ships).
E: Pen, Pencil and Felt Pen -- good for marking parts, etc.
F: Bamboo Skewer Sticks -- good for scoring parts; also work well as masts for ships.
G: Paint Brushes -- good for applying glue to parts.
H: Small Dish -- for placing glue.
I: Knives -- a good knife is an essential tool (get two, if possible; they are cheap).
J: Extra Knife Blades -- you will at some point need to replace your knife blade with a new one.
K: Leather Punch -- excellent for punching holes of various sizes in card stock; better than a hole punch.
L: Rubber Bands -- good to help hold the ship models to their base while glue is drying.
M: Scissors -- you must have at least 1 good pair for cutting rounded shapes.
N: Water Cup -- used to dilute the glue before applying to model parts.
O: Metal Clip -- for holding parts together while drying (small clips are more useful).
P: White Glue -- a magical substance with 101+ uses.

Send questions, comments or suggestions to: Eric Hotz