July 29, 2019

Star Wars Laser Cannon Papercraft

This is my papercraft release for the month of July (see a list of previous releases here). You will probably recognize this weapon as a common one in the Star Wars universe. Although I have labeled it the generic term "laser cannon", it might more properly be called a "turbolaser turret". The first time we saw a weapon of this type was on the surface of the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV. I am offering two sizes of this paper model: a 1:18 scale version for use with 3 3/4" action figures and a 35 mm scale version for use with miniature gaming figures. Templates for both sizes may be downloaded here. This papercraft was based on a 3D model from the Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy video game.

Other Star Wars Papercraft:

X-34 Landspeeder
Collection of 23 Miniature Starships
Mini Hoth Turret and Cannon
Techno Union Shuttle
Jedi Interceptors

July 23, 2019

Dragon Ball Z Nappa Papercraft

In the Dragon Ball Z anime, Nappa is a warrior who once was the general of the Saiyan Army on Planet Vegeta. After the destruction of his planet, Nappa worked as a soldier under Frieza, which eventually lead him to Earth. This paper model of Nappa was created by PaperJuke. The Pepakura PDO template file for the model may be downloaded here (drop down the green arrow in the upper right corner, then click on the link that has "PC" in the title).  The finished model stands about 24" (60.5 cm) tall. Build photo by Sinsis.

Other Dragon Ball Z Papercraft:

1:1 Saiyan Chest Armor
Kid Goku
Life Size Kid Buu and Super Saiyan Goku

July 15, 2019

Doge Illusion Papercraft

It all started, I believe, with a dragon. It's eyes followed you no matter where you went in the room. From there, the papercraft illusion evolved into a myriad of characters, all with the same unwavering stare. Pictured is a version of the illusion that features the dog (a Shiba Inu to be precise) from the "Doge" meme. The printable template for this illusion may be downloaded here. Photo and design by Muumin Craft.

Other Papercraft to Fool the Eye:

Super Robot Dog

July 7, 2019

Leonardo's Fighting Vehicle Paper Model

One of the better known inventions of Leonardo da Vinci is his military "fighting vehicle" (aka "turtle tank"). Movement of the vehicle was powered by four men inside operating hand cranks. The idea was to move into the midst of a company of enemy soldiers and then open fire with the cannons mounted around the sides. This paper model of the fighting vehicle may be downloaded at the Russian "Museum on a Desk" web page located here (the two page template is at the bottom). The style of the template reminds me a lot of the templates that used to be published in the Czech children's magazine, ABC.

Other Leonardo Papercraft:

Simplified Fighting Vehicle
BBC Models
Cam Hammer Machine

UPDATE 10/15/19: Below is a build photo of the finished model!