Architectural paper models and kits

Cheltenham, United Kingdom · 2050 Sales


Architectural paper models and kits

Cheltenham, United Kingdom 2050 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Paper model kits and assembled models of world famous architectural landmarks - from temples to skyscrapers to bridges to monuments.

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Last updated on Apr 11, 2018

Paper model kits and assembled models of world famous architectural landmarks - from temples to skyscrapers to bridges to monuments.

Visit for more information, assembly tips and newest kits.


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Paper Landmarks That Make Difference

I used to make a lot of scale models while studying architecture, and it was an enjoyable part of my schooling. But Paper Landmarks and architectural models are not the same, even though both feature architecture in miniature.

Architectural models can be made from any available material, most often paper, cardboard, foam board or corrugated board. The main difference is that architectural scale models are made for a presentation, usually in just one copy, so there is no focusing on replicating the process of assembling the model.

Making a kit which will be assembled by people of various backgrounds constantly reminds me to make this experience technically smooth, but still very exciting.

I prefer designing paper models as close to the original as possible but still leaving room for imagination. Trying to strike that perfect balance between scale and level of detail, the quality of paper, and the ease of assembly, I look at each model as a unique piece of design rather than just a miniature replica.

The first landmark I chose was the Eiffel Tower, naturally. No doubt, it is the most recognizable landmark on Earth. It was a very tricky one to model with a lot of intricate cutouts and details. The challenge was to make a reproducible design which could be mass-produced on a die-cut machine. There are certain limitations to how small the details could be when making the die-cut forms, and at first glance it seemed that it may not be technically possible. To make all the cutouts needed for this remarkable design, I ultimately found a perfect solution - instead of making tiny cutouts in a single layer, I made a design with overlapping layers of paper. Each layer would have larger cutouts, but when put together, they formed a delicate pattern, as well as strengthened the structure by using both layers of paper.

And now, a little about my working process: First, I gather all the available materials for research - architectural drawings, such as plans, sections, elevations, photos, 3D models, etc. Then I redraw the plans and elevations in CAD software, and start to make a paper model, creating the layout of the parts, taking into account the thickness of the planned structure and adding gluing tabs. Sometimes the first prototype is just a basic mockup of the volume to determine the correct scale of the model.

Scale is one of the most important things to establish precisely early in the process, as it will determine several other things - layout, production costs, level of detailing and what kind of paper should be used. If two structures are in the same scale, they can be fairly compared, like my Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building. Both are in 1/1000 scale.

When scale is established, I can design all the details, which will allow me to determine the smallest detail which is technically possibly to die-cut. Again, several prototypes are made to assure that every detail is in place, and then I make a nice layout of the production sheet. When the model is ready and confirmed with my manufacturer, I still need to make set-up instructions, product images, packaging and website placements before the new model can be launched.

Since I create my designs on the computer, that is the hub of operations in my workspace. But I also have a table covered with a cutting mat for testing details, gluing prototypes and just hand drawing and writing. Still, I always find a place for my coffee mug.

If it's not a commissioned work, I usually choose between what landmark I feel personally connected to or what might be highly popular.

Obviously, some landmarks look better than others when modeled in paper. What might seem a landmark to the general public consensus and what the model depicts could be two different things entirely. When you look at the spires of skyscrapers from the street level, you have only that beautiful recognizable image in your mind. But when reproducing this architecture in scale, I need to include all the volume of the building, which makes "a surprise" difference from that iconic image you had in your head.

The Empire State Building or Eiffel Tower look good from any vantage point, but there are buildings & landmarks that only look awesome from that one iconic point of view.

To me, recreating the shape of the building in paper helps to better understand architecture itself. I hope you'll feel the same way.

Shop members

  • Imants Caklais

    Owner, Designer

    Having studied architecture and worked as a packaging designer, and being passionate about history, world architecture, traveling, paper, design and innovation, starting Paper Landmarks was something almost inevitable to me.

Production partners

  • Professional art printer

    United States

    Notebooks are printed by one of the largest and best fine art printers which has the production facilities in North Carolina (US), Georgia (US), California (US), and Glasgow (United Kingdom).

Shop policies

Last updated on November 19, 2017
Our models are finely detailed and express the very nature of the landmarks they represent. You can use these models as gifts, for interior decoration, for school projects or just spend your time in a great manner. Wherever you use them, we guarantee their superior quality.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
We will issue refund only if you return (at your expense) UNOPENED kits in a good quality within 30 days of receipt. ASSEMBLED models can't be returned and refunded.

Please notice that the shipping fee is not refundable.

Custom-made orders, special listing orders and orders exceeding either 10 kits or £100 can't be cancelled or returned.
We accept all major credit cards via Etsy Payments or PayPal.

You will receive receipt from us when the goods are actually dispatched (usually within 1-3 business days, if not stated otherwise in the description of the listing).
We are shipping from Cheltenham, United Kingdom via Royal Mail. Please choose your preferable service at the checkout:

Standard (not trackable) or Signed For (trackable) for domestic shipments,
Standard (not trackable) or Tracked for international shipments.
Assembled models are sent by trackable service only.

Royal Mail aims to deliver our kits and models to you to:

UK Mainland in 1-2 business days,
Europe in 3-5 business days,
USA & Canada in 5-7 business days,
Rest of the world in 7-9 business days.
However, this is not guaranteed, international deliveries may exceed the expected delivery times due to different reasons and so we encourage patience.

IMPORTANT! Please notice that the shipping time is added to the processing time.

Please ask if you need an express shipping and we'll look for the best option.
Additional policies and FAQs
Yes, we make custom models - either you want a classic "Cut & Glue!" model kit or an innovative pop-up card we can do it! We have previously made custom models for promotional industry, museums, private foundations, schools and collectors.

Our production possibilities allow to make a custom model for you in any quantity starting from just one to thousands of copies. We use digital, offset and screen printing, die-cut and kiss-cut scoring and cutting, cold and hot gluing, embossing, foil fusing and stamping and using the best designer papers and cardboards along with a long list of accessories to create a very special model just for you, your company or private event!

We do wholesale as well! If you are interested to carry our kits in your shop please convo us with your details and requests.

Getting in touch and talking to us is rewarding!

We know that our models are much loved by teachers and students for creative classroom paper craft activities. If you are a teacher or any other person responsible for purchasing supplies for your school, college or any other educational establishment and select at least 10 single kits you may claim a 25% DISCOUNT at the checkout by filling the special instructions field and we will refund you the difference.

If you are a keen architecture and paper craft enthusiast, a history buff or if you are sourcing for an activity to spend a quality time with your family and friends and want to buy at least 5 kits you can get a 15% discount by using a coupon code 15FOR5 at the checkout.

More information

Last updated on Sep 7, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Where are you shipping from? I am in San Francisco. If I order Golden Gate now when will I get it?

We are shipping from Cheltenham, United Kingdom.

Regular mail to the U.S. usually takes around 5-7 business days (7-10 days).

If you are in SF you can buy the Golden kit at SFMOMA, Coit Tower or Golden Gate gift shops.

What is difference between shipping and delivery time?

Shipping time means the days (usually 1-2 business days) needed for preparing your order and shipping it, while delivery time means days needed for the mail or courier service to deliver the order to you.

Can I track where my order is?

Standard shipping is not trackable but you have an option at the checkout to pay for Signed (UK domestic) or Tracked & Signed (international) shipments.

Please use the tracking number we provided to track your order through Royal Mail website, or a website of your country's mail service such as USPS.

Gift wrapping and packaging

We ship kits in beautiful kraft envelopes with our company name stamped and a minimum necessary product information attached. We can add a gift message on your behalf. Just write in the gift message text when placing your order.

I just realised I put the wrong shipping address on my order. Could I change it?

If your order hasn't been shipped yet, there is no problem to change the address. If it is already shipped we can't change the address.

If you wish to cancel then refuse the parcel on delivery and it will be returned to us without any additional cost to you. We will issue a refund once the parcel returns. Please notice that the shipping fee is non-refundable as described in our shop policies.

What age would you estimate is the minimum for putting one of these together? Are some easier than others?

We recommend our kits for anyone from 13 years, but some 10 year olds have done well, too. There is nothing wrong with starting earlier just patience and motor skills are usually better with larger kids.

Probably these pre-cut models are better for kids and generally beginners in paper model building since they contain less details and no cutting is needed - just folding and gluing:

Mayan Pyramid
Eiffel Tower
Golden Gate Bridge
Empire State Building

Is your paper thick? What tools do I need?

Paper is sturdy enough but definitely not thick, it's easy to score and cut with a hobby knife (X-Acto or similar). It's not so easy to use scissors as some details are quite small and delicate so we recommend cutting with a knife. We recommend using a white glue (PVA, Elmer's or similar). You can use paper strips or ear picks for gluing tools.

Can I get this model in different color or size? A custom design maybe?

Yes, you can order most of the kits in a variety of colors to choose from

Without much redesigning it is possible to enlarge or reduce the model size twice the original size.

Yes, we make custom models. Please send us your project description and deadline so we can give you a quote.