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If you wonder what the name is supposed to mean:
My family name is Stahl, which means Steel in german, and hart of course means hard. It can be freely translated as “as hard as steel”, which is a name I use for all my productions. Plus it creates a nice contrast, being used for a papercraft website.
I design papercraft models, because I like to. It’s as simple as that. There is no target consumer, no business goal and no scope. These models are all here, because I like to do them. And since I already did them, why not share them with others, who share my hobby.
Work method

This whole project is a hobby, which I can work on only in my free time, so progress can be rather slow sometimes if I am too busy.

I enjoy putting together the models by hand. The prototype model is always put together from white cardstock and modeled from a threeside view. I then use a computer to built exact lines in Freehand. I dont use any CAD or 3D software. That lets the models be a little less accurate, but puts bigger emphasis on the paper modeling.

Except for some small Insignia, my models are completely vector-based, which means they can be scaled to any size, without becoming pixelated. The basic scale is 1:60 which is matching the WSAM (Worlds smallest aircraft museum) standard of Fiddler's Green.

You can find out more about the way I work in the "about designing the model"-section of each model's page.

Stahlhart papercraft are for free. You dont have to register or identify yourself or anything. Download any you like, as often as you like, and tell your friends about them. If you like them, I would be happy if you tell me about it.
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