This paper model of a Victorian Era water tower in Vienna, Austria is uncommon for an architecture papercraft in that its template is hand drawn. The ornate brick tower, located in the Favoriten District of Vienna, was finished in 1899. The building was closed in 1956, but a late 80's renovation gave the tower new life as a museum and cultural venue. The details of the paper model are somewhat simplified when compared with the actual building, but the finished papercraft still has a nice look. The four page template for the "Wasserturm Favoriten" can be found here.
November 30, 2010
November 28, 2010
DeviantART member Sercho05 has created another Gremlins paper toy. This time the character is Mohawk, the leader of the evil gremlins from the 1990 Gremlins 2 movie. Sercho has the template for Mohawk posted here.
November 26, 2010
These papercraft rockhopper penguins look a little grumpy. Maybe they are upset about being on the endangered species list. ;) There are several different species of rockhopper penguins, which are also called "crested penguins" (for obvious reason). These papercraft ones look most like the northern rockhopper penguin species. The templates for the two penguins are available for download here.
November 24, 2010
I couldn't find out much about the origin of this French antique papercraft train, but the style of the graphics have a definite 1930's flavor. The first page of the pattern for this locomotive announces that it is a "a real toy" with "easy assembly" and "no glue required". The picture above is a build photo by Patricia M. who runs the Agence Eureka blog. Patricia has the complete template for the train posted here.
November 23, 2010
The Front Mission 4 video game was released in Japan by Square Enix in 2003. As part of a publicity campaign, free official papercraft models of two of the mechas from the game were offered. On the left is a Zenith mecha and the right is a Blizzaia L mecha. Although hard to locate on Square Enix's website, the templates for these mechas are still available. The build photos and the links below are both via studionebula.com. From experience, it appears that right clicking and doing the "save target as" option on the links works better than left clicking to download the templates.
November 21, 2010
This deformed car paper toy is a custom design by illustrator Rory Phillips using the car template at the Portland Paper City website. The car is labeled "Pontiac" on the side, but I am unsure what model or year of Pontiac it might be. My guess is it's a Pontiac Catalina from the early 60's or perhaps a conglomeration of several different cars. Rory's template for the car may be downloaded here.
November 19, 2010
In 2007, the BBC offered a free download of a papercraft Doctor Who Christmas ornament. The ornament is of one of the angelic looking service robots known as the "Heavenly Host" from the Doctor Who episode entitled Voyage of the Damned. Despite their "holy" appearance, the robots can be deadly, their halos being used as throwing weapons. A download of the template for the ornament is still available here.
November 16, 2010
Given the fact that I have done papercraft identity discs for every other major character in the Tron universe, you knew it was just a matter of time before I did a paper model of Sam Flynn's identity disc from the upcoming Tron: Legacy movie. ^^ Sam is the son of Kevin Flynn, the lead character in the original Tron movie. Here are some scenes of the disc in action (with some Daft Punk music for atmosphere ^^):
Unlike the previous identity discs I did, which were 1:2 scale, this identity disc is full size. Although the disc may look pretty simple, but it is actually a fairly difficult build. There are two templates in the download, one with folding guide lines and one without. In the photo is my test build of the unlined template built without any folds. If the disc is built with folds I would give the difficulty level a 4 out of 5. Building without folds, I would give it a difficulty level of 5 out of 5! The finished disc is 10" (25 cm) across and 1" (2.5 cm) thick at the widest part. The PDF templates for the disc are available here.
November 14, 2010
At the request of a couple of visitors, I have added two more ways to follow Tektonten Papercraft. First, e-mail subscriptions are now offered. Sign up, and an e-mail will be sent to you each time there is a new blog post on Tektonten. Secondly, we are now on Facebook. When you "like" Tektonten Papercraft on Facebook you will receive updates on your Facebook news feed for each new blog post. In addition, on Facebook I will be posting information about my papercraft works in progress (this information is not available any other place!) If you would like to take advantage of either of these new options, look for the links halfway down the right hand column. Thanks!
November 12, 2010
A Brazilian website has six different Volkswagen papercraft available for download. Three of the paper models are of the Golf, Volkswagen's small family car which has been produced since 1974. The other three models are of Volkswagen Type 2 microbuses with skylight windows on their roofs. Each of the paper cars has a different paint scheme. To download templates for the cars go to the website here and click on the buttons labeled "Baixar".
November 10, 2010
Mass Effect 2 is a relatively new video game released in January 2010. It is a futuristic action role playing game set in the year 2183. This papercraft based on a 3D model from the game is of a female character whose full name is Tali'Zorah nar Rayya. Tali is a Quarian, a nomadic species of humanoid aliens. Of the two papercraft I have seen of this character, I think this one is the better of the two due to its more relaxed, natural pose. The creator of this model is DeviantART member Xenonray (who also runs the Hyrule Papercraft blog). A free download of the template is available here.
November 8, 2010
Here is a horse to add to your collection of illusion papercraft animals. ^^ This illusion was created by the OSA-IFISC Student Chapter for a 2009 Science Fair on Menorca Island, Spain. OSA-IFISC Student chapter members are Ph.D. students with a common interest in optics. If you are not familiar with this type of paper model, it creates an optical illusion as you move about the room that the head and eyes of the animal are following you. The template for the horse is located here.
Other Illusion Papercraft Animals
November 7, 2010
If I am not mistaken, this WoW papercraft is a catapult of the orc clan known as Dragonmaw. At only 4" (11 cm) tall, the model might be small enough to be used as miniature gaming prop. The template for the catapult was created by Freddy Patzi of Bolivia and may be downloaded here.
November 5, 2010
Today marks the second anniversary of Tektonten Papercraft! As I did for last year's anniversary, I am sharing a photo of a shelf in my office and also some stats for the Tektonten blog. In the photo is my "Tron shelf" where I keep most of my Tron papercraft. Some of the stats for the last year are:
- Number of page views in the past 12 months: a little over 1,000,000 (That's exactly twice as many as year one!)
- Number of downloads of my papercraft designs: 80,000 and counting
- Number of papercraft designs released to date: 58
The top ten most downloaded papercraft designs by Tektonten are (drum roll please):
1. Mjolnir, Thor's Hammer (Marvel Comics)
2. Hal 9000 Interface (2001: A Space Odyssey movie)
3. Kaonashi Mask (Spirited Away movie)
4. Glock 9mm Handgun (Half-Life 1 video game)
5. Spider-Man Mask (Marvel Comics)
6. Tron Bit - "No" Configuration (Original Tron movie)
7. Uruk-Hai Sword (Lord of the Rings movies)
8. Holy Hand Grenade (Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie)
9. Tron Bit - "Neutral" Configuration (Original Tron movie)
10. Tron Bit - "Yes" Configuration (Original Tron movie)
What papercraft is coming in year three? I hope to do some more Tron and Kingdom Hearts papercraft as well as branch out into some Star Wars papercraft. Here is a heartfelt "thanks" to everyone who continues to support my blog. I couldn't do it without you!
-Chris at Tektonten Papercraft
November 3, 2010
I made this genie bottle papercraft as a favor to my DeviantART friend, Fractaljinn. Fractaljinn wanted a papercraft model of the bottle of a female genie named Eden who is a character in the Aladdin animated television series by Disney. The series ran from 1994 to 1995. You may notice that the papercraft bottle doesn't have a handle like the one in the image from the TV show. Although a handle is included as part of the template, I sort of liked the way the bottle looked without it, so I didn't attach it when I did my test build. As a convenience to Fractaljinn who resides in Europe, the template was created for A4 size paper, so if you are printing on US Letter size paper you will need to use the "scale to fit" option. If printing on A4 paper, the finished bottle is roughly 40cm (15.75") tall. Another feature of the bottle is that the stopper is removable. Because the majority of the construction of the bottle is done by curving pieces of card stock, I give this a difficulty level of 4 out of 5. The PDF template for the bottle may be downloaded here.
Jafar's Black Lamp
Jafar's Black Lamp
November 2, 2010
Aston Martin made its return to international racing in 2005 with the DBR9. The return was a success with the DBR9 winning its debut race. In 2006 Milos Harant designed this finely detailed 1:18 scale paper model of the 2005 DBR9. A download of the template and instructions for the building the model are available here. Also available is a template of the 2008 racing season DBR9 which has a light blue rather than green color scheme.