Basics (2013)

(revised and expanded edition 2013) author Alexander Schilling

by Birkhäuser in Basel/ Switzerland


The Paperack is available in English or in German


A small manual, paperback with 80 pages provides a narrow scope in front of several model types that have a practical application. Here, the advantage would be to find new ideas to implement in the model. Of a building in this way, the other comes to a similar conclusion, but has a completely different practice models applied. Often these events have anything to do with habit or ignorance of necessary techniques. Once the path taken, mostly acquired in school and brought about, has become influential and is rarely questioned. In this respect it is worth looking into the small book. Because here step by step technique and technology approaches are traced. Processes are important to better understand craft handles. Basis of presentation model from the Birkhauser Verlag are therefore suitable for direct instruction and reproduction. These basics will provide bundled knowledge about model types, materials, tools and techniques to presentation models.

Chapter five contains the small business that is vividly illustrated with numerous b/w photographs. The first chapter: architecture model as a representation of medium picks in a set back to the beginnings of model building in the Renaissance. The layout, the type area is divided on one side for clarity in several areas. Firstly, to see photos. These have an average size of 5 x 10 cm, covering about one third to one half of a page. Among the most pictures legends are inserted so that an assignment of the images is clear.

The main text leaves a wide margin on the page where notes are recorded in the form of a question, which relate directly to the corresponding paragraph. For example, the remark is on the edge: motivation, why do I build a model? The answer is the same in the adjacent main text: Of course, a model is necessary to make a planning task or construction task successfully.

It would not be correct to speak of a school or textbook. Taught to Basics model retains fine. What is certainly intended for teaching the ignorant opened quite a few secrets that would otherwise be conveyed only in practice. The joy of reading and understanding does not pass the interested determined.

The second chapter is designated by model types. What is meant by this is explained on ten pages, which are also heavily illustrated. There are, for example, different window representations in models, which is generally scale-dependent understand. That is, the larger the scale, the more details are integrated on the windows in the model. What initially starts with a square opening, finally gets window sill, window frames and a distance from the outer and inner wall in the model view.

There are concept models that do not require specific scale compared to urban or landscape models in scale 1:500 or 1:1000. The next larger units are architectural or building models in the order of 1:200 to 1:50. Finally, interior design or detailed models produced up to a scale of 1:1. As I said, a brief outline is not supplied, and more. This is sufficient, however, to deal with once the necessary conditions in the model can.

Chapter 3 is called design and concept, which is explained on five pages and deals with things such as color and material. In the next chapter, it is practical. Equipment - Tools - Techniques takes care of the technical skills that go into every detail. Sculptural work in models requires knowledge of the cutting knife. The cutter is the basic tool for the surfaces to be joined later be cut to the correct size. A suitable cutting surface is one of them as well as the appropriate cutting ruler should be available.

Specific application can find the corner into the models that are connected in many different ways. The more accurate the design the better the result. "Basis of presentation model" shows very vividly how the problem of corner joints can be addressed. "Stump pushed", "overlapping encountered" and "encountered fermentation" are the terms at the moment. Stick, knead, form and pour, whichever result is to be achieved, a working method may be in the production.

The fifth chapter identifies materials - some, which is intended to indicate which materials are preferably used in modeling. The selection is not that big, but fine work is called for in the implementation. The correct use of the materials is of considerable importance.


Fundamentals of presentation. Modelbuilding
Author: Alexander Schilling
79 p., 81 illus.

Publication date: may 2013
Measures: 21,6 x 15,3 cm
Weight:  183 g
ISBN :  978-3-0346-1331-6  



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