Paper Models and Military History: A Hobbyist’s Dream Come True

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will host a team of hobbyist paper modelers on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

A World War II era B-24 Liberator Bomber signed by veterans of the 44th Bomb Group, an M-4 Sherman Tank, and a King Tiger German Panzer will all be on display at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  The catch is that they are ultra-realistic models made out of paper!  The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will host Colonel (Retired) Don Boose of the U.S. Army War College and a team of hobbyist paper modelers for a demonstration of the up-and-coming art of military model creation in the Visitor and Education Center on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  You can learn to make models of some of the most iconic military vehicles in history.

The expert paper modelers will show off their collections of exquisite paper models of tanks, planes, and ships, followed by a series of three fifteen minute talks on the history and art of modeling military vehicles from all eras of history.  First, Colonel (Retired) Boose will give a presentation about the relationship between modeling and military history.  Second, Mr. Mike Scalingi will discuss how research into the heritage of the U.S. military helps him create extremely accurate depictions of military machinery.  Last, Dr. John Glessner will explain how he creates models from a two dimensional piece of paper through to a three dimensional piece of art.  After the talks, visitors will have the opportunity to watch more than eight paper modelers with complete work stations displaying their models and demonstrating building techniques. Visitors will also have access to free take-home models, website links to paper modeling resources, and time for in depth conversations with paper modelers who have been in the hobby for years.


The Paper Modeler Day is free and open to the public.  USAHEC’s main exhibit, “The Soldier Experience,” will be open, as will the museum store, book sale, and Café Cumberland.  Parking is free.  For directions to USAHEC, a download of the event flyer, and general information about USAHEC and upcoming events, please visit  For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.