May 15, 2022

Illusion Papercraft Collection

Illusion Animal Bastelbogen
The folks at the education website, e*chalk, have a collection of papercraft illusions available for download. Sure, you know the illusion, the one where the character's head turns to follow you no matter where you move in the room. E*chalk calls their version of this trick "Swivel Heads". Four of the twelve illusions available are pictured. The ones not pictured are a cat, a fox, a dragon, a knight, a duck, a horse, a rooster and a skeleton. I wouldn't build too many of these.  The effect of a dozen pair of eyes following your every move can be kind of creepy! ;)

Other Illusion Papercraft:

Robot Dog
Tyrannosaurus Rex
Rolling Dice
Doge the Shiba Inu
Disney Hitchhiking Ghosts

May 8, 2022

Daffy Duck Papercraft

Looney Tunes Bastelbogen
I think this Daffy Duck paper model captures well the ill tempered fowl's personality. Daffy made his debut as an animated cartoon character in 1937. In the beginning, he had a much more cheerful, albeit insane, disposition. In later years he became less crazy, but more disgruntled, primarily due to the schemes of his nemesis, Bugs Bunny. This papercraft was created by Paperttore. The printable PDF and Pepakura PDO templates may be downloaded here. The finished model stands 17.7" (45 cm) tall.

May 1, 2022

Life Size Pokemon Papercraft: Eevee

When it comes to 1:1 scale papercraft, there haven't been many Pokemon models created. One exception is this life size Eevee paper model by Sabi96. The color PDF template for this model comes with a companion untextured Pepakura PDO file to use as instructions. All the files are available here. The finished model is 12" (30.5 cm) tall. Eight different Pokemon evolve from Eevee (see paper toys of them here).

Other Life Size Papercraft:

Majora's Mask
Baby Groot
DBZ Vegeta

April 24, 2022

Medieval Inn and Cottage Paper Models

Middle Ages Bastelbogen
These half timbered medieval buildings are a good example of how papercraft designers sometimes build on each other's work. The original black and white templates for these models by designer Brian Burger were hand drawn. Some years later, the "Professor" (Chris Spitler) at Paper Empire "digitally enhanced" the templates adding color and bases. The enhanced PDF template for the inn and the cottage may be downloaded at the bottom of the page here. These models are a good size for miniature gaming!

Other Papercraft Buildings:

German Inn and Bakery
Czech Fortress
Medieval Village Buildings
Tent Collection
Vintage Mini Castles

April 18, 2022

Dune 1984 Mini Paper Model Collection

Dune 1984 Bastelbogen
PRmodels does it again: another awesome collection of mini sci-fi papercraft! This time it is a set of objects from the 1984 movie, Dune. Pictured are a harvester, a sand worm, the emperor's selamlik, and the House Atreides frigate. Also included, but not pictured, are a Spacing Guild heighliner, a carryall, the Atreides ornithopter, and the Harkonnen ornithopter. The PDF templates for each of these eight models may be downloaded here. After Dune 1984, it would be 37 years before another Dune move was released.

April 9, 2022

Chibi Batman Papercraft

Batman Bastelbogen
I like the stern smirk on the face of this chibi Batman papercraft. His costume appears to be the traditional comic book version and not one of the versions that has appeared in movies or video games. This model was created by Paperwar in 2014. The finished figure stands about 8" (20 cm) tall. The locked Pepakura PDO template may be downloaded here. The template may be opened with Pepakura Viewer without a password. The newest movie about the Dark Knight, The Batman, was released in US theaters on March 4, 2022.

March 31, 2022

Montgolfier Balloon Papercraft

Montgolfier Bastelbogen
I don't know much about this paper model of one of the Montgolfier brother's balloons. It appears to be from a 1988 magazine. The instructions are in French.  I can make out that the balloon depicted by the model flew in 1783 (the year of the first flight by a human in a hot air balloon, I believe). The JPG format pages of the template may be downloaded here. The person who posted the model warns it is not as easy to build as it looks. Due in part to the Montgolfier's experiments, France became the first county to use balloons for aerial reconnaissance (during the French Revolutionary Wars in the 1790's).

Other Paper Models of Flying Things:

March 22, 2022

Country Church Paper Model

Kirke Bastelbogen
This country church is part of a collection of architecture paper models based on buildings seen in the Hallmark Channel series, When Calls the Heart. The series is set in 1910 in the fictional Canadian town of Hope Valley. The papercraft collection includes 18 different models including various mercantile buildings, a water tower, row houses, ground textures, and backdrops. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, I think these models would make a great Christmas village. Printable PDFs for each of the buildings may be downloaded here.

Other Papercraft Buildings:

Old West Saloon
Lincoln Bicentennial Architecture
German Village
Hungarian Buildings
Native American Houses