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Tuesday, April 22nd 2008, 5:38pm

Institut de France, Paris, L'Instant Durable, 1:250[FERTIG]

Model: Institut de France, Paris
Authour: (Design/Colour) Jean-Marie Lemaire
Copyright Date: 1992
Collection Number: 27
Scale: 1:250
Number of Sheets: 17
Number of Parts: 326
Note: Permission to photograph and transmit material* from this édition granted by L'Instant Durable: www.instantdurable.com in low resolution
*Max. 3 pictures

I would like to thank Alain de Bussac, directeur de la collection de L' Instant Durable for permission to highlight the quality of this model's publication with pictures photographed from its introductory pages.
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Tuesday, April 22nd 2008, 6:07pm

The Book

Many publishers of card models print in sheet form. L'Instant Durable publishes their models in book form with registered book ISBN numbers. This allows them to bind into the publication comprehensive colour photographs and drawings.

The subject material for this book fits well with this format. The Institut de France has magnificant interiors. Here are two examples.
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Tuesday, April 22nd 2008, 6:13pm

RE: The Book

When it comes time to begin the cutting, the pages that contain the bases for the model are cleverly placed on the last pages of the book. This means that they can be cut away from the spine of the book leaving the rest of the book intact.
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Tuesday, April 22nd 2008, 6:17pm

RE: The Book

Care must be taken when removing these pages. The parts are printed right up to the glued spine. The book is placed face down and the back cover is opened and firmly drawn back. Cutting the pages at the spine is easily done.
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Tuesday, April 22nd 2008, 6:19pm

The Parts

A starting point...
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Wednesday, April 23rd 2008, 2:50pm

Looking forward to this one, John :) It is one of the very few I.D. I have waiting on the shelf. The detachable dome looks rather complicated to build. Very promising, too ;)

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Wednesday, April 23rd 2008, 5:38pm

Certainly an interesting choice, John. Looks to be a little complicated, but you will do it justice!

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Wednesday, April 23rd 2008, 6:13pm

Nice model. I will follow your build with interest.

Thank you John.

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Wednesday, April 23rd 2008, 6:33pm

Thank you.

This building has a rich history! It is located on the left bank of the Seine opposite the Louvre. It began as a church and was converted to a library when Cardinal Mazarin left two million books in his will for the foundation of a college. General Bonaparte was closely associated with its membership.

You can see a virtual tour of the site if you go to:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl…Paris%26hl%3Den

Click on the virtual tour and you will see six areas of interest to explore.

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Wednesday, April 23rd 2008, 11:46pm

The Foundation

Here are the parts that will make up the entire base of the model. Like many French models in this line, the ground level is elevated. You can see the grey panels with their blue tabs that will make the vertical foundation walls.

I do not rely on the buildings that will sit on these base parts to keep everything flat. The paper is thin and the base is easily warped. This publisher does not supply additional card stock for reinforcement, although some recommend it in their instructions.

On this model, there are approximately 648 square centimeters of street in front of the buildings. I would like to lay down some smooth pavement and a plane surface that will run back under the buildings to the back of the model.
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Thursday, April 24th 2008, 9:22am

RE: The Foundation

Hi John,
Instant model are very spesial, für the aloow a lokk into the building. That's way I love them but als have no further space for building. My space in my modelcellar is saved for my fleets.

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Friday, April 25th 2008, 12:16am

RE: The Foundation

Hello modellschiff.
Yes, space can be a determining factor with this craft. I'm working on my second storeroom downstairs...

The four parts that make up the base of this model are intended to be joined together with tabs. I usually try to avoid overlapping parts that employ them - especially on open flat surfaces such as the large pavement area in front of this building. Light casts a shadow on the joint and makes it quite noticeable. Butt joints are much cleaner and easy to achieve if there is underlying material to span the joint.

Photo One shows the parts in overlap position. In Photo Two, the underlying tab is removed.
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Friday, April 25th 2008, 12:18am

RE: The Foundation

Can you see the join? The secret is to remove the ink of the line at the edges of the mating parts.
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Friday, April 25th 2008, 12:30am

RE: The Foundation

Cutting tabs off mating curves is a little trickier.

First Photo: The Parts

Second Photo: Cutting Off the Curved Underlying Section

Photo Three: Test Fit.
It looks as if the curves of the two parts are making a flush fit. They are not. One is riding over the other a little bit. If this situation is left, there is no benefit to the effort of cutting off the tab. In the fourth photo you can see the overlap when the parts are turned over.
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Friday, April 25th 2008, 12:38am

RE: The Foundation

To correct this, a little bit of tape is applied to anchor one end of the joint. Then the parts are flipped over again and carefully manipulated into correct position. Then a knife with a very sharp point is drawn around the curve. The knife rides the edge of the curve and the tip slices through the offending underlay. The pencil is pointing at the sliver removed.

First Photo: Anchoring the Parts

Photo Two: The Correction

Photo Three: The Piece Removed
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Friday, April 25th 2008, 12:40am

RE: The Foundation

A little out of focus, but you see the resulting curve. Nice and flat ready for a building to sit above.
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Friday, April 25th 2008, 7:47am

Wow, thats a trick I am going to use sometime in the future.

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Friday, April 25th 2008, 8:02pm

You're welcome lriera. You can achieve almost seamless joints with regular tabs also. Just cut them off and reglue them under the part a millimeter. Voila, you have a step ready for a flush join to a mating part.

In Photo 1 there are three parts that are not required for my version of this model. The large rectangular part is a vertical support for the foundation that folds down. A different system will be used for the substructure. The other two pieces are tabs.

Photo 2 shows the assembled skin of the base. There are gentle undulations in it, but they will disappear (hopefully) when the skin is bonded to a base 'deck'.
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Saturday, April 26th 2008, 6:57pm

The Deck

Photo One: The built up pattern. Notice the surrounding sides of the base lying flat.
Photo Two: The Deck
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Saturday, April 26th 2008, 7:26pm

The Base

The skin of the base is bonded to the 1mm card deck with contact cement. (rubber cement) Glue is applied to the back side of the skin and the card. Both parts are set aside and allowed to dry. Once the two surfaces touch, the bond will be instant. But you can manipulate things so that you can progressively reveal glue as you press the two surfaces together. A sheet of wax paper is placed over the skin's dry glued surface. It will be gently pulled out as the card is pressed down. This lets you progressively work out any air bubbles or wrinkles. This technique is used to laminate counter tops.

In photos 1 & 2, The card is being applied to the back of the skin. Notice the wax paper covering the skin. Only a strip of glue at the bottom is revealed to start the application.

Once the card is in the proper position, the wax paper can be slid up to reveal more glue. (Photos 3 &4) The parts are turned over so that the top surface can be closely watched and pressed down as the wax paper is slowly pulled out.
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Saturday, April 26th 2008, 7:36pm

RE: The Base

The Result
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Sunday, April 27th 2008, 4:58pm

RE: The Base

The vertical walls of the base require reinforcement.
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Sunday, April 27th 2008, 5:00pm

RE: The Base

The front edge of the raised base requires no reinforcing card as it is terminated at, for the want of a better term, a sea wall.

Edit: There is a better term. I have often heard of Paris buildings being either on the 'left bank' or the 'right bank' of the Seine. Therefore, the proper term would be embankment.

I may have misled the reader. The base does not need reinforcement at the front because of the embankment, but the embankment itself is quite heavily reinforced from below.
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Sunday, April 27th 2008, 8:02pm

RE: The Base

Dear John,

be sure about my best wishes to your new model! I`m sure it will be another outstanding one !!

best regards Frank
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Sunday, April 27th 2008, 11:34pm

RE: The Base

Hello Frank.
Thank you for your kind comments. Very much appreciated.

The base is complete. Now we can start building the Institute.
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Monday, April 28th 2008, 11:38pm

RE: The Church

The first building to be constructed is the central church with its Grecian façade. The portal section is seen here. The upper corners were intended to be left open in the recess. I have chosen to close them with corner bracket strips. (yellow). The green yoke keeps the walls of the recess parallel and the whole unit easier to manipulate into position. It can be handled as one unit when being glued into place behind the porch rather than have to glue each side and the top into place one at a time.
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Monday, April 28th 2008, 11:52pm

RE: The Church

I mentioned Cardinal Mazarin earlier. His tomb was installed in this church in 1693.

One look at these two photographs and you will instantly recognize this as a model of high quality. It is nice to work with artwork that has been painstakingly drawn by hand. Jean-Marie Lemaire has done a fine job. This is not a computer generated model. You may have noticed the brushstrokes on the wall at the front of the model.
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Tuesday, April 29th 2008, 10:29am

RE: The Church

Hi John-san,

Together with your super build this handwritten aesthetic kit exites me.
This build will surely turn out to be excellent one!!!

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Friday, May 2nd 2008, 11:49pm

RE: The Church

Hello Yu,
Yes, this model has great potential. I hope I am up to the challenge.

The portico of the church was interesting, but a bit difficult to build. That was due mainly to the mitered angles involved with the cornices.

The second picture is one of my favourites. Many of you will recognize it. It was actually a fluke that it turned out at all. None of the parts are glued together. I just gathered them up in the palm of my hand and arranged them to appear assembled. One take - one shot with the camera and it worked. I guess it would have been taken four years ago.

I show it here to compare the approach of making capitals for columns. On the French model the capitals are part of the architrave. The columns rests against their back surfaces .On the German model the capitals are individually made - three sided - and slide in front of the columns. They have not been applied yet in the photo.
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Friday, May 2nd 2008, 11:51pm

RE: The Church

This portico is pleasing to the eye. I guess our eyes appreciate the Greek proportions.
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Friday, May 2nd 2008, 11:57pm

RE: The Church

You can see that the church will be central to the entire complex. This part is just the portico section of the church. It will not be glued down now, as the church proper has yet to be built.
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Saturday, May 3rd 2008, 6:10am

RE: The Church

Hi John,

The portico has an interesting flavor
I am mesmerized :super:

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Sunday, May 4th 2008, 3:18pm

RE: The Church

Here is something a little different. One tab is attached to the frame of the window. The upside of this arrangement is that the window is quite easy to centre when it is being manipulated into position from the back. The downside is that this tab could make the window position itself a bit too far to one side in the frame. The paper thickness of the window frame could be exposed. However, tooling the frame back against the tab seems to work.

First time I've seen this arrangement.
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Tuesday, May 6th 2008, 2:44pm

RE: The Church

The walls are closed. It was the roof that proved quite a challenge. I can see how this element could be quite frustrating to a model builder. Without reinforcement in strategic places, it would easily rack and twist out of shape. What complicates matters is the fact that the big dome hole splits the roof in half at the back. The two halves have to be joined around the hole in the same plane. There is a little bit of mansard roof, hip roof, flat roof, shed roof all rolled into one here. It must have been a roof framer's nightmare to construct.

I found one printing error. The leading edge of the main front roof is intended to slide under the pediment roof and glue to a tab. Instead of being printed blue, that tab, C11 was printed yellow. That would have bent it outward and either over the roof or block the roof from sliding into place instead of backward and under the pediment roof.
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Tuesday, May 6th 2008, 2:51pm

RE: The Church

The novelty feature of this model is the removable dome. When removed, it reveals the rotunda. Here is the skin of the rotunda walls.
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Tuesday, May 6th 2008, 2:55pm

Beautiful work as usual, John :)
I guess the dome, with a lot of thin slices, will be a challenge to build, as well...

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Tuesday, May 6th 2008, 3:08pm

Good morning Ricardo. Thanks. Yes, I find constructing domes challenging at the best of times. This one could do me in.

Externally the dome is circular, but inside the rotunda walls are oval. In the first shot, you are looking down into the rotunda. You can see the stairs at the bottom leading forward through an arch.

In the second shot, you see the floor of the rotunda. Those are chairs on the floor - one half green and the other side gray.

The third shot shows the floor of the rotunda from the bottom of the model. Actually, the floor is a little short of the bottom plane of the church foundation. The tabs won't reach the base of the model. Not a problem.

I must confess to a flaw in my model. You can just see the top of a vertical strip of paper running down into the rotunda in the last shot. I found the oval too small on my model and had to open it up with a slit to let it expand to the proper shape. I should have checked its size by fitting it to the top plate under the dome before I glued it closed.
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Tuesday, May 6th 2008, 4:53pm

I agree with Yu, it is mesmerizing to watch the master at work!
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Tuesday, May 6th 2008, 5:28pm

Well Fred, after my goof with the interior wall of the rotunda, I don't think that term applies.

Perhaps 'The Master' could suggest a method of closing this dome. Ricardo...?
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Thursday, May 8th 2008, 2:54pm

Thanks for the exageration, John :D :rotwerd: Well, at first sight, I'd use a similar method as in the Berlin Cathedral. I put some pictures on Friedulin's thread. It is here:

Berliner Dom [FERTIG]

The trouble is that all the slices are drawn around the circular base. Once you glue any two of them together, they should go straight to the final position. It makes less sense to glue the slices in pairs, than in groups of 4 and so on. Access to the interior gets harder, too, as the hole in the base (not yet cut, on your picture) is rather small. Another snag is that there are 24 slices and they get very thin on the top. I'd make the inside tabs shorter, perhaps to the point where the dome will be covered by other parts. The remaining bits would be put together with an inside small circular part, added at the end. Anyway, it looks challenging ;)

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