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I've noticed a lot of people use cardboard to make buildings and scenery a lot, and the end results I've seen here so far look great, but I'm having some trouble on my own cardboard ventures. How do you hide the exposed open edges of the cardboard? I've made a couple of buildings that didnt look so bad, but the fact that you can see inside the cardboard itself really ruins the image >.<. Same with the cardboard bases I use, the gap ruins it. I try using drywall spackle to fill the hole but that's a hell of a job.
Any advice would be most appreciated, tyvm!
first off, most people you'll find are using foamboard rather then cardboard, or alternatively Plasticard. Cardboard is difficult to work with because it will get waterlogged and warp. it's also not particularly strong.
For the edges a couple of ways usually work well depending on the application:
1) masking tape / scotch tape along all the exposed edges.
2) white glue to seal the edges
3) since foam core is a 3 layer laterial (paper, foam, paper) what some people do will cut through 2 of the three layers to leave a "lip" that will cover the other piece that you're butting up against. This may sound difficult, but it's actually quite easy once you get used to the idea.
Hope that helps!
[QUOTE=king88mob;939228]Cardboard is difficult to work with because it will get waterlogged and warp. it's also not particularly strong.
I will have to disagree on that, .....partially anyway. Depends what kind of cardboard your using. I have a stash that I use but only for building walls. Its just over 1/4" thick, and has 2 layers of honeycomb within its tripple walls and is way stronger than foam core. I agree with king88mob tho if your using anything less, most is a thin corrugated layer sandwhiched between two sheets and will get easily waterlogged and warp if your not carefull. I never use cardboard as a base, and when i use it to build a building I always have support bracing inside.
To help solve your problem, the quickest easiest method is to use 3/4" masking tape and seal each egde evenly. Its not the strongest solution and could possibly be punctured. Whenever I have an exposed edge I use a strip of balsa the same width of of the cardboad along the edge. Use a very liberal amount of hot glue and stick it on. It can be very tedious as you need to make sure each piece is cut exactly. You could try using popsicle sticks as long as they arent too wide or its a pain to trim the lengths as well. I have a building on the go right now and when I get a chance I will snap a quick pic.
If you have thin 'standard' cardboard you can always strengthen it by doubling up each wall and gluing them together. Ive seen a lot of people use silicone caulking for doing this too.
I got the cardboard I use from my work. It comes from a box that holds hot melt adhesive glue pillows. Each box is about 45lbs but only 24" x 16" x 8", hence the need for a strong cardboard. Not sure where you could score something like that. Your best bet is to find something that is really heavy that would need a strong box. Dont forget that most any business is more than willing to give away cardboard if it saves them from having to throw it out. Just chop it up and it can store pretty easy.
Its not flexible at all tho, if you look at my new wip posts you can see the quonset huts that I made, ie small hangars. They are made from 3-4 moon shaped ribs for support and the roof is a corrugated plastic and works awesome. I have a tutorial done and Ive submitted it to dysartes.com so it will be posted shortly. I will post links as soon as its up.
masking tape works. glue, joint compounding, any adhesive would work.
The advantage of cardboard is that it is well...free. To seal the edges the best thing to use i think is wood filler or plaster. This is both quick and it is strong too. At the moment im building an entire COD ruined city totally out of cardboard (the thick double layer type) but i have been using masking tape because ran out of filler (hey im a cheap scape i cant be bother getting any more). To say the least masking tape is both time consuming and annoying to work with. The only reason im still using it is because my buildings are being textured with and anyway so strength is not an issue. Anyhoo, happy carboarding!
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