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Terry Pratchett-Unseen University
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 11:09 AM GMT+7


Well, i can't be the only Pratchett fan on the Kitmaker network! I had to buy this when it came out, but wondered if i'd ever really build it...it looks a bit hard. But then i noticed the new paper models forum on here and pulled it out for a look. And i've decided to make a start...it will make a nice filler project for when i'm experiencing down time on my main projects. Useful as i can build this on the lounge room table instead of taking up model bench space.

Now that i've started this i've suddenly realised two facts:1. this is going to take a LONG time to finish. 2. When it IS finished (in about 2 years) it's going to be HUGE!!! I have no idea where i'll put it.



I made a start on the first building, the Library. Unfortunately it doesn't come with a Monkey. I now have a very healthy respect for the people that build these paper models all the time! They are not as easy as they appear.

Library pieces. The first 10 sheets of parts. There are, all up, 125 pages of parts.



During the Library build i've been learning and experimenting a bit. Especially with glue. I've tried glue sticks, UHU clear glue and PVA. Eventually have started using Loctite 401 Cyano glue for most parts because it sets instantly and doesn't wet the paper and wrinkle it. BUT it does have nasty habit of sticking your fingers to inconvient pieces of Unseen University. For large pieces needing adjustment i'm still using the UHU clear stuff.


And the Library finished. It's probably the easiest building in the entire University....and for me that is a scary thought, because it wasn't that easy! Some touchups are needed along a few "score" lines where the printing tends to come away and show as white paper (those white lines you can see in some pics along bends). I'll wait until the entire campus is done then go back and do paint touchups all at once.






Well it's been a bit of fun so far. More to come over time.

Andrew


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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 11:29 AM GMT+7

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I made a start on the first building, the Library. Unfortunately it doesn't come with a Monkey. I now have a very healthy respect for the people that build these paper models all the time! They are not as easy as they appear.



*ahem* *cough* Orangutan.

I've got to get one of these!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 12:01 PM GMT+7
Hi Andrew- No you're not the only Terry Pratchett Fan. It looks great- What scale is this?
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 12:40 PM GMT+7
This looks so good - I want one!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 12:56 PM GMT+7

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Hi Andrew- No you're not the only Terry Pratchett Fan. It looks great- What scale is this?



It doesn't mention the scale anywhere, but looking at the size of the doors and comparing to to some 1/76 scale figures i have- i'd say we're looking at 1/100, possibly even HO scale.

Andrew
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 03:20 PM GMT+7
There are some 28mm available from the Discworld books.
http://www.shop.microartstudio.com/discworld-miniatures-c-48.html

Cheers
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 11:53 AM GMT+7
First of all I'd like to mention that I have nothing against APES....
Second thing - if it really is 1/100 than it would probably take about 1/3 of room I'm making my models in...
Third thing - it's hard to get in Poland and it costs a lot...
Fourth thing - I LOVE IT
Fifth thing - I really want it
Sixth thing - which one is The High Energy Magic Building?
Seventh thing - what is the height of Tower of Arts?
Seventh "a" thing - I just want to say once more that I really want it ...
Ninth thing - what about great campaign of making Ankh-Morpork diorama? Each participant making some part of it basing on how many participants would be involved? I would build Shades: some ugly buildings made of paper, than burned an placed outside during the rain shoul be quite realistic, don't you think?

Looking great so far!

A.
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 04:27 PM GMT+7
Looking at the cover of the book, the HEM should be large building to the left of the Tower of Art.
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 09:05 PM GMT+7

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Looking at the cover of the book, the HEM should be large building to the left of the Tower of Art.



Yes the High Energy Magic building is the large building to the left of the Tower and below the Library.
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 09:09 PM GMT+7

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First of all I'd like to mention that I have nothing against APES....
Second thing - if it really is 1/100 than it would probably take about 1/3 of room I'm making my models in...
Third thing - it's hard to get in Poland and it costs a lot...
Fourth thing - I LOVE IT
Fifth thing - I really want it
Sixth thing - which one is The High Energy Magic Building?
Seventh thing - what is the height of Tower of Arts?
Seventh "a" thing - I just want to say once more that I really want it ...
Ninth thing - what about great campaign of making Ankh-Morpork diorama? Each participant making some part of it basing on how many participants would be involved? I would build Shades: some ugly buildings made of paper, than burned an placed outside during the rain shoul be quite realistic, don't you think?

Looking great so far!

A.



I think it's a bit hard to get this book anywhere now, it's a few years since it was published...howver i think it can still be found on Amazon.com for less than US$20 but of course there would be postage involved.

I think the Tower of Arts ends up being about 50cm high.

And it's good that you like Apes, you won't be getting your head wrenched off by a 200lb red shaggy carpet then.

Andrew
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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 07:16 AM GMT+7

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I think it's a bit hard to get this book anywhere now, it's a few years since it was published...howver i think it can still be found on Amazon.com for less than US$20 but of course there would be postage involved.
Andrew



I've managed to buy this one
Looking forward to see your progress! Keep it comming!

Andrzej
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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 10:05 AM GMT+7
Glad you found one Andrzej. At the current rate that i'm building this you'll probably get yours built before me! All i've done since the pics above is cut out 3 pieces for the boathouse building.

Though it really is just a fill in project that i can pull out when i'm stuck on other more serious things. I'll post any new progress as it happens, rest assured.

Andrew

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Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009 - 03:26 PM GMT+7
Don't worry mate, my list of "what to do next" is 7feet long and has the Unseen University on the bottom... I'm sure I will see pictures of your project done before I even think about starting...

Andrzej
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Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 04:20 PM GMT+7
Anyone finished their model of UU? I'm currently re-reading the entire series.
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Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 07:26 AM GMT+7
That is too awesome for words... I love the series so much.. I nearly have all the books and it is pretty much one of the only books I currently read. I wasn't even aware that this paper model existed. Pretty awesome work so far... I'm going to track one down... Don't say the M word.
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Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 08:04 AM GMT+7
Well, Hope springs eternal. I am thinking about starting in on this one. We shall see if I get The Library done.

A part of me says to save it, but I am getting on in years and my health is not good, so what am I waiting for.
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 12:45 PM GMT+7
I think I know why I've been putting this one off. In order to make the model, you have to destroy the book. This does not come easy for someone who revers books like me.

However, it has been done (at least for The Library pieces). Hopefully I will start this week.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:30 AM GMT+7
5 pages of parts for The Library. I think I will try good old Elmer's White Glue on this. I also have an Elmer's Glue Stick and will try that also. I will have to see if any of the stores around here have Loctite 401 glue. I saw some at Staples today but forgot to write down the number. I might also try the nearby Ace Hardware that just opened up.



And so it begins.
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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:13 PM GMT+7
Well, with the first cut, the first mistake. Make sure you don't have the rest of the parts stacked with the page you are cutting on.




Also make sure you don't use corrugated cardboard as a cutting mat. Your cuts can go off course when you cut through the first layer and into the corrugation.

Of course the damage was to the next part to use: Part #1, the front of The Library. I thought of using tape, but instead will glue a piece of scrap paper (from one of the pages) across the damage on the inside.
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Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2017 - 06:30 AM GMT+7

Patch in place. Here are views from both sides.


Part 1 with fold lines scored and bent.


The next few parts. Major gluing begins. You can see where Parts 1 attaches to the floor (1a, 1b, 1c). Parts 2-4 are internal walls.
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Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2017 - 11:09 AM GMT+7
While dry fitting the parts, I noticed something wrong with Part 4. It took some careful viewing of Figure 3 in the book to find out what was wrong. In parts 1, 2, and 3, you bent the tabs towards the un-printed side. On part 4, only tab 4a gets bent in the direction; all other tabs get bent toward the printed side. Now that this has been corrected, I can start gluing parts 1-4 to the floor and each other.


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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 11:26 AM GMT+7
Finally got the courage to glue part 1 to the floor plan.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 11:31 AM GMT+7
Glued parts 2 and 3 to The Library.



Cut out and scored parts 5 (rotunda) and 6 (roof).

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Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 04:43 AM GMT+7
I finally glued part 4 in place.


I started on part 5. This is an important part as it joins two external walls and their artwork together. Only tab 5a is glued here as it is the tab that holds part 1 and 5 together.



The instructions say to do one part at a time so this will take a while.

I should mention two tools that help reach internal tabs. One is wooden coffee stirring sticks. They are great for getting glue and spreading it in hard to reach spots. Another are a pair of cross-action tweezers. These are great for squeezing parts together in hard to reach spots.
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Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 03:50 PM GMT+7
I cut out part 7 (one of the parapets) and noticed you have to cut part of the middle out. It's quite complex piece with multiple little tabs.



I will also have to be careful scoring the fold lines. I will do that tomorrow as well as finishing up gluing the rotunda (part 5) to the floor.