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)
wyvern: surfduke: You should be able to post links to any files or images already on a website somewhere by just adding the URL when you set-up a post using the full "Create Post" Forum post editor (i.e. NOT the "Quick Reply" version).
May 27, 2020 10:20:28 GMT -9
wyvern: I've found Photos loading the first image slowly every time I've switched on the computer in recent times. It's been OK after that, but seems like it can't quite remember how to do it just after it's been woken up...
May 27, 2020 10:17:36 GMT -9
surfduke: Do you want a preview pdf of the Jupiter 2 here? If so how do I post it.
May 27, 2020 0:39:56 GMT -9
Vermin King: That would explain why 'Photos' loaded slower this weekend. It was 'improved'
May 26, 2020 8:07:25 GMT -9
wyvern: It wasn't some fresh Windows "improvement" then... I noticed the icon for the MS image viewer, "Photos", changed a few days back as well. Doesn't seem to have changed the app, as far as I can tell. Yet.
May 26, 2020 4:26:25 GMT -9
lightning: Glad that only a restart was involved. I wouldn't have the energy to much more today :-)
May 26, 2020 3:01:39 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had a scare and a half. Went to open a pdf for the first time today and nothing happened. Checked All Programs and saw that Reader updated on 05/23. Restarting fixed it. Whew
May 25, 2020 10:56:44 GMT -9
Vermin King: His eyes must not be as old as mine
May 21, 2020 11:12:39 GMT -9
cowboyleland: I always thought Tirick was a little mad.
May 21, 2020 7:11:40 GMT -9
Vermin King: Really worn out tonight, so when I'm like that I just look for things I used to have, but don't any more. I got the Zippy models and am rebuilding my Tirick/TCF Gaming folder. How the heck would anyone build his 1/1000 Battletech mechs without enlarging
May 20, 2020 17:12:58 GMT -9
Toman: yea I have been. pretty cool project. I've done a few scratch builds like that but not as large. cutting individual stones or carving stones in foam sucks.
May 19, 2020 16:50:41 GMT -9
Vermin King: Anybody else following Mauther's home-made Playmobile castle build? Looks really good so far
May 18, 2020 18:13:38 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Good point. Maybe make the wing feathers seperately so that the wind could get through them?
May 14, 2020 6:10:23 GMT -9
squirmydad: We had two operators for the hawk though, one to carry the weight and the other to flap the wings.
May 13, 2020 11:02:25 GMT -9
squirmydad: Probably silk and dowels. I assisted in the construction of a giant hawk puppet for an indoor show, probably about the same size as that pegasus.
May 13, 2020 11:01:49 GMT -9
Vermin King: It's got to be really light. The article dealt with parade puppets. I don't think I'd want to be trying to control that in a stiff wind
May 13, 2020 4:21:20 GMT -9
lightning: that's a nice pegasus!
May 13, 2020 4:10:32 GMT -9
shep: Will it fly, if you move the wings fast enough?
May 13, 2020 1:10:51 GMT -9