1) Printing PDF Files
Whitewash City are designed to fit on both North American paper size (8.5in x 11in) and onto the European Paper size (A4)
without having to resize to fit. Print at 100% size without using the "Fit to Page" option.
2) Cutting and Gluing
Whitewash City models are designed for speed of construction: almost all cuts are straight line cuts. Simply glue all the tabs
to their corresponding sides or into their corresponding slots, and your model will be complete in a very short space of time. Use a
white glue for your construction -- white glue is a paper glue and usually bonds within a minute to allow you to move onto the next part, and it
dries clear; white glue will also strengthen your model. To apply
white glue to a surface you can use a tooth pick to aid in the even spreading of the glue, or use a paint brush -- you do not need a lot of glue to
obtain a good bond. You can apply more glue later to reinforce the bond if desired.
3) Folding and Scoring Card-Stock
Scoring the fold edges will result in crisper edges, which is desirable with building models. When scoring, you can try to score on
the opposite side that you plan to fold the card. You may find that this will result in unsightly white lines/edges (the color of the
card-stock beneath the ink print). You can try to pre-score the card-stock using a blunt knife so you create a crease rather than a
cut. Try to use a knife that does not cause tears; make sure the knife has a rounded, smooth edge. Cutting the card-stock can reduce
the strength of the model since you are partly cutting the card, although white glue, up to a point, can be used to fix scoring cuts
that are too deep. Using a blunt scoring method can yield a crisp fold so your final models will look better once complete.
4) Laser vs Ink Copies
Whitewash City models turn out very well when printed out onto card-stock, however, if you're looking to make enough models
for an entire town, it may take too much time and too much ink to printout enough. The easy solution is to printout one copy onto high
quality paper and then get Laser copies made of this printout. Laser copies are resistant to water, unlike most color printer inks,
which use water soluble inks. Color laser copies are fairly cheap and usually give good color reproduction. Try spray gluing the
laser printout onto the card-stock, which will strengthen the final model (see section 5).
5) Spray Gluing onto Card-Stock
The advantage to spray gluing a printout onto card-stock is that it will greatly strengthens your final models. Use 3M spray glue (Photomount
or Super77), or another brand of spray glue (Elmer's makes a spray glue which is about a third of cost of 3M spray glue and is available from
Staples office supply stores) to adhere the printout onto card-stock before assembling. Then just assemble the model as usual.
6) Repairing the Look of Badly Scored Corners
If you do not like the white edges that may result from scoring, you
can touch them up with paint. You can use simple watercolor paints,
first mixing the desired color so it matches color printout, and then
applying it sparsely (don't soak the model -- remember: its made of
paper and therefore can warp!) or you can use oil/acrylic based model
paints. You can even try coloring the scored area using a soft pencil
or pastel crayon.