Let us be your guide on an immersive journey through 500 years of the fascinating history of card modeling. Can we rouse your interest in the book with the list of contents and the example pages? All AGK members receive this book for free as part of their membership.
The book recounts the history and promulgation of card models, a product that has been produced in large numbers for 150 years, since 1858 to be precise. If you count precursors like the sundial crucifix of 1529 (that was found by pure chance) we look back on almost 500 years of such paper products – and that history will not end soon if we read the signs right.
Card models always covered an extraordinary range of subjects. They also changed constantly, always adapting to the circumstances of the time and creating an astonishingly true mirror of the same. This makes them quite valuable material for cultural, economical and social history because they are highly instructive as well as illustrative.
A large part of both historical and modern card models is dedicated to architecture; they allow to recreate fictional, but mostly existing (or at least planned) buildings as 3D (more or less exactly) scaled-down paper constructions. The last decades saw technical models becoming prominent in the interest of modelers: ships, land vehicles and airplanes. As their subjects developed with increasing speed, the models followed suit by adopting modern methods of design and production, leading to ever more complex and detailed models.
This publication is the first comprehensive history of card modeling in book form; it presents the results of the long research of the „Arbeitskreis Geschichte des Kartonmodellbaues (AGK) e.V.“. Follow us on a neatly organized ramble through 500 years of (European) history, seen in the mirror of card modeling!
A second (catalogue) part of the book is a "broadsheet" of illustrations: It sets the 2-dimensional model sheets against the resulting 3-dimensinal models, showing the fascination that emerges from this metamorphosis.