You can NEVER go wrong with too many details on instructions!
I've always had this philosophy of making my instructions as detailed as possible. The Humble Hovel has about 180 steps over a 64 page manual, and each step features at least one illustration, often more. Even something as simple as the Skeleton paper miniatures came with a 9 page instruction manual, and there were 17 steps. For contrast, a lot of the stuff I've got from other publishers might have a single diagram, or nothing at all.
The thing is, I don't know if the person buying my stuff has ever even tried working with papercraft at all, so I feel that I need to make it as easy as possible for a complete novice to work out how to do it. Some of my stuff is also pretty complex, even for an experienced builder, so spelling it out exactly definitely doesn't hurt there either. On the other hand, The instructions can take forever to make. I know I spent over a week of 10 hour days making the instructions for the Hovel, and I'm not sure that anyone even read them. While I'm writing them out, I always have this worry that people are going to be bothered by the fact that I'm talking to them like they're 5 years old.
I guess the point I'm making here is that I don't actually know if it's possible to get too detailed with instructions, but it is definitely something that I worry about constantly.
Thanks both for the thoughts, glad I'm not alone with the 'to detailed" vs "not detailed enough" thoughts .
The instructions are 36 pages so far with about 4 pages of actual built photos to add (I'll add them, when I'm photographing the whole hoard).
I'm contemplating going slightly more generic as I always tend to unfold my cylinders, squarres/rectangles and triangles the same way. So I could add just a generic step section for those shapes at the front then for each piece refer back to those and simply include a picture of what each piece looks like finished.
For special shapes still continue with the full step by steps and keep the overview assembly diagrams.
But I'll need to do some mockups and run them past my wife she doesn't do paper modeling/craft at all so she makes a good not in the know person to run them past, if she asks me questions I know I've missed the mark.
Although its all a little academic as I seem to manage to finish about 1 model a year.... ;D
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2013 11:43:23 GMT -9 by Sirrob01
"There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humour." George Santayana, philosopher (1863-1952)
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