May 30, 2010
The Light Armored Assault Transport (LAAT), also known as a "Republic Gunship", first appeared in Star Wars Episode 1. StarWars.com describes these gunships as "rugged, combat-equipped repulsorcraft... covered in weapons, offering air-to-ground and air-to-air support as well as serving as an infantry transport." This papercraft LAAT was created by "Starfreak" and at 1:430 scale, is only 4 cm (1.5") long. This model is only for those who own a pair of tweezers and a load of patience. ;) The PDF template may be downloaded here.
May 28, 2010
Although the actor Mr. T has been reduced these days to doing television commercials for World of Warcraft, back in 1984 he was popular enough to have his own brand of breakfast cereal. As if that wasn't an odd enough twist of pop culture in and of itself, the cereal also went on to be immortalized on film by none other than Pee Wee Herman in the 1985 movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure...
When I came across a scan of a Mr. T cereal box in Jason Liebig's wonderful collection of retro product packaging photos on Flickr (check it out here), I couldn't resist creating a miniature papercraft version of it. So I asked, and Mr. Liebig graciously granted me permission to use his scan for my project. The template for the cereal box papercraft includes two sizes, one at 1:3 scale and the other at 1:6 scale (just the size for Barbie dolls). The one page template may be downloaded here. And just in case you were wondering, the cereal is rumored to have tasted a lot like Cap'n Crunch. ;)
May 23, 2010
Need a quick Cyberman mask? The Doctor Who Insania blog has just the thing, a printable 2D mask of one of the good doctor's most persistent enemies. Cybermen first appeared in the original Doctor Who science fiction television series in 1966 and have been plaguing the doctor ever since. A download of the mask is available here.
May 21, 2010
The Westphalian Public Observatory and Planetarium in Recklinghausen, Germany is offering free downloads of Solar System paper models on their website. In addition to a model of the Sun, downloads include the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Included with the Earth model is a model of Earth's Moon and included with the Jupiter model are models of the largest of Jupiter's moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Downloads of the PDF templates for these and other astronomical papercraft may be found here.
May 15, 2010
In the 1950's American television show, Adventures of Superman, Superman's alter ego Clark Kent drives a snazzy Nash Healey sports car. In 2006, Richard Taylor created a papercraft version of the car, complete with a Clark Kent figure to go in the driver's seat. The two page template for the paper model may be found here and here.
May 10, 2010
What makes these geometric paper models interesting is not so much their actual shapes, but the motifs that decorate their surfaces. These models and the plane filling motifs that cover them are the work of German artist Michael Albers. Plane filling motifs (sometimes referred to as "tessellations") are defined as a collection of identically shaped figures that interlock to fill a plane with no overlaps or gaps. Alber's tessellations are strongly reminiscent of some of the works of artist M. C. Escher. Fifty-nine different paper models are available for download at Alber's web page here.
May 7, 2010
This robot papercraft is a little different than most you will see in that it is built almost entirely from flat pieces, but surprisingly it still achieves a good 3D effect. The name of the robot is "Mr. Rippy" . His job is that of an assassin. Mr. Rippy was designed by "Nobody", comes in three colors, and was intended to be used in miniature gaming. A download of the template is available here.
May 4, 2010
This build of my Thor's Hammer papercraft is by "Fioutch", one of several contributors to a French language blog about superhero comics called Cable's Chronicles. Nice job! I have no explanation for the Pikachu in the photo so don't ask. ^^ A download of the Mjolnir template may be found here.
Other Marvel Comics Papercraft by Tektonten
May 2, 2010
That lovable Disney robot Wall-E has been featured in several papercraft designs, but this is the only origami I have seen for the little guy. What is amazing about this particular model by Brian Chan is that it was folded out of a single uncut square of paper. A folding diagram and also a video of the folding process may be found at Chan's web page here.