May 24, 2023

Mini Sphinx Papercraft

Sphinx Bastelbogen
Several years ago Canon started making mini versions of their architecture papercraft. These models were intended for beginners. One of my favs from their mini collection is this Egyptian Sphinx model. And yes, the pyramid is included! The finished model is small enough to sit in the palm of your hand. PDFs of the template and the instructions are available on the Canon website. A free Canon account is required in order to download. This model takes about a hour to build.

Other Papercraft with Ties to Egypt:

D&D Obelisks
Millennium Eye Artifact
ThunderCats Mumm-Ra Pyramid
Yu-Gi-Oh! Winged Dragon of Ra

May 21, 2023

Vintage Dutch Village Papercraft

Dutch Village Bastelbogen
The kids' activities website, Woo! Jr, offers this vintage Dutch village papercraft as a free download. Originally drawn in the 1930's, this diorama depicts farm life in the Netherlands in the 1800's. The 3D elements in the set include two houses, a rowboat, a bridge, and a windmill with blades that actually spin. The 2D elements include townsfolk, animals, a tree, and (of course) tulips. The color-it-yourself papercraft template for the village in the form of eight JPG files may be downloaded here. There are a few instructions for the trickier parts of the model on the download page.

Other Architecture Dioramas:

Japanese Cityscape
N Scale German Village
Old West Fort
Little House on the Prairie Town
Mini Christmas Village

May 14, 2023

Papercraft Wolf Head

Wolf Head Bastelbogen
It is curious why so many papercraft designers have created what amounts to life size paper models of taxidermized animal heads. Now, many of the heads are "low poly" geometric representations, but others, like this wolf head by Paper Juke are quite realistic. I assume Juke used a 3D model from some video game as the basis of this papercraft. The Pepakura PDO template for the head may be downloaded here. The finished model is about 10" (26 cm) wide. Build photo by Juraj Sáska.

Other Papercraft Heads:

X-Men Sentinel
Asian Dragon
Severed Zombie Head Toy
T-Rex Mask
MCU Ultron Prime

May 6, 2023

Assassin's Creed Papercraft: Al Mualim

Assassin's Creed Bastelbogen
In the Assassin's Creed universe, the character Al Mualim is the leader of the Levantine Brotherhood of Assassins. In the storyline of the video game, Al Mualim becomes obsessed with a powerful golden relic known as the "Apple of Eden" and works with his enemies, the Knights Templar, to obtain it. This paper model depicts Al Mualim with the Apple of Eden in his hand. The finished model stands at 15 3/4" (40 cm) tall. The Pepakura PDO template for the model may be downloaded here (click on the button that says "click to get", then wait.) Build photo and paper model template design by Juraj Sáska.

April 29, 2023

Game of Thrones Papercraft Coins

GoT Bastelbogen Coins
Papercraft coins are curious thing. Not much to them really. There are three parts: a front, a back, and a thin strip for the edge of the coin. Usually, the reason people build them is for a fan art display. Such is the case for Hellsword Papercraft who has created a collection of papercraft coins from Game of Thrones. There are nine different coins in the collection. I am not a GoT expert, but I think there are nine coins because there is one coin from each of the nine administrative regions of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Printable templates for the coins may be downloaded here.

Related Papercraft Fan Art:

Headpiece to the Staff of Ra
Final Fantasy X-2 Coins
National Treasure Masonic Medallion
Skyrim Gold Septim Coins
Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin

April 22, 2023

3D Papercraft Cicada Shell

Cicada Husk Bastelbogen
Across the world, there are more than 3000 species of the insect known as the "cicada". Each of the species has a common feature: the nymphs shed their skins to emerge as winged adults. At the right time of the year you can find hundreds of their empty shells clinging to plants and trees. Just the thing for scaring your little sister! ;) This 3D papercraft cicada shell was created by a Japanese papercraft designer in 2008. The template for the model consists of 7 JPG images which may be downloaded here. There is a link on the download page to photo instructions showing how to build the model. The estimated length of the model is 12" (30 cm).

Other Papercraft Bugs:

Mexican Tarantula
Emporer Butterfly
Arabian Fat-tailed Scorpion
Rhinoceros Beetle
Swallowtail Butterfly Origami

April 9, 2023

Nintendo Samus Aran Papercraft

Metroid Bastelbogen
Samus Aran is the playable main character of the long-running series of Metroid video games by Nintendo. In 2009, Gollum999 created this Samus paper model for the now defunct Nintendo-Papercraft website. Fortunately, the papercraft template for the model is still available here! The download includes both PDF and Pepakura PDO templates as well as some written instructions. The first appearance of Samus Aran was in the original 1986 Metroid video game.

Other Video Game Character Paper Models:

Prince of Persia
Marvel Punisher
FNAF Withered Freddy
Crash Bandicoot

April 5, 2023

Easy Mini Star Destroyer Papercraft

Easy Star Destroyer Bastelbogen
Japanese papercraft designer, Masayui, created several free paper models as "gifts" during the coronavirus lockdown in 2020 to help those shut in cope with the situation. One of these models was the simple mini Star Wars Star Destroyer pictured above. The template for the model may be downloaded here. As you can see there are two ships included in the template, one half the size of the other. The model is not any particular scale. Print as large or as small as you like!

Other Miniature Papercraft by Masayui:

RMS Titanic
Zoids Command Wolf