The following is a list of standard and optional tools needed to build any of our models. All of these items should be available at your nearest supplier of artists’ materials.

Self-healing cutting mat:

A gridded mat of about 12” x 18” will be perfect.

Hobby knife:

X-Acto is the most well known brand of these. Blades should remain sharp for cutting and scoring
several sheets, but they will dull out eventually so it’s a good idea to pick up a pack of extra blades.


Any quality pair of paper scissors will do. Scotch makes some that are designed for cutting through heavy paper.

Metal ruler:

A 12” metal ruler with a nonslip backing is a good choice, and a 6” ruler will be useful as well.

Permanent ink pens (black):

Sharpie and Crayola brand markers will be used to edge your models, an important finishing touch.



UHU Office Pen liquid glue, Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, Scotch scrapbooking glue, spray glue
or any other low moisture tacky glue.

In a pinch:

You can use small amounts of Elmer’s white glue and ordinary glue sticks. White glue has a high moisture content and is more likely to make your pieces warp, and glue sticks sometimes aren’t sticky enough for paper modeling.

Not recommended:

Rubber cement, hot glue gun.


The usefulness of these tools may depend on the model being built, but most will improve the building process and overall look of your completed projects.

Foam core:

This sturdy but lightweight material can be used to support building model bases (called the footprint).


Regular or mechanical.

Permanent ink pens (various colors):

For edging different parts of the model (base, roof, etc.) with a color other than black. Good color choices include browns, grays, greens and blues.

French curves and circle templates:

These plastic drawing/cutting templates are ideal for boats and other curved objects.


Use these to help glue small or hard to reach areas.