Welcome Friends to our 2012 Newsletter and Best Wishes to all.
Here in the Midwest the temperature has been in the upper 50s, there hasn't been snow until yesterday, and the New Year looks sunny and bright.
Topping the news in this first newsletter of 2012 is the announcement of the opening of our Forum. I'd like to give a shout-out to Philip Charlton, from England, who encouraged its opening: "Like your good self," Philip wrote a few weeks ago, "I've been busy cobbling together some things for Christmas. The varnish is drying on the 1940s Vintage Crèche as I type. Although I'm not a crèche maniac (they are called Nativity scenes where I come from), I've been active in building and collecting paper models of all kinds since I was a schoolboy. Your site is very entertaining and thank you for the Free Downloads."
May I also add that, in order to spare us all spam messages, the Forum is moderated and open to all for reading but to Registered Users only for posting? We'd love to hear from you; your message will appear just as soon as it is approved by one of our resident angels.
Philip has proved a veritable Sherlock Holmes in unearthing Vintage Models and Paper Cut Outs, Bible Paper Toys, and is sleuthing for more "wonderful stuff out there," for the benefit of paper modelers everywhere. Having returned from an 11,000 mile trip In Search of The Nativity, I was thrilled to see Philip's post, Traveling Man: "I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine, Thomas Clay, a retired Episcopal minister residing in Maryland, USA. His mission is to visit all the great religious buildings of Europe. He's been to quite a few already but hasn't stopped yet. He is also a keen paper modeler and tries to build a model (if one is available) of all the places he's been to. Not only cathedrals, churches, and the like, but secular buildings too. If you enjoy Alexis's In Search of The Nativity series, I think you might enjoy Thomas's travels as well. So I invite you to visit his web site where you will find, apart from the details of his journeys, lots of pictures of his built models. They are very nice."
The small photo at left of the Nativity setting at the Saint Benedict Monastery, Brazil, by Celso Rosa, doesn't begin to do justice to his diorama artistry. We're so grateful that he has begun a Dioramas thread on the Forum, and very much look forward to hearing all about his remarkable settings for the Nativity. "This year," Celso says, "I made something different than what I usually do, and designed a Neapolitan ruin — complete with soaring Corinthian columns and acetate stained glass window — to complement the Neapolitan figures of the monastery nativity scene."
Just reading the list on the Cathedral Quest home page of all the wonderful places Rev. Thomas Davies Clay has visited is a veritable Grand Tour: England 2003, Italy 2004, France 2005, Paris 2006, Germany 2007, Italy 2008, Spain 2009, Central Europe 2011. His mission? "To experience the great cathedrals and historic churches of Europe," and take us along, with wonderful photos and commentaries. I loved visiting with him and sharing our conversation — and a few of his incredible cathedral paper models — on my Blog.
With all the Forum excitement, I've only been able to add one more crèche to the Crèchemania Miniature Nativities, but it's a beauty: it measures just 3.5 x 2.75 x .75 inches, and adds a different setting to our miniature nativities collection: a leafy agave plant, double stone arch, curlicued carved columns, all that ivy! It's a palatial setting for the Nativity, which unfolds below a bright Star of Bethlehem which has come to rest on the roof. Aware that paper stars are especially fragile, this five-pointed one is attached to the front by a paper band. So that, if a mishap happens, all you need do is turn on your printer.
Have a Happy, Healthy 2012.
Talk to you on the Forum!
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