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22 Apr
22 Apr

Viking Head and Sine Waves

The head on my forthcoming Viking model is connected to the body so that it can nod back and forth and turn left to right. I have used a rotating tube to connect the neck to the head. To make the horizontal tube a good fit in what is effectively a vertical tube that is the head is going to require a little maths.

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20 Apr
20 Apr

Designing a Viking

It is a well known historical fact that the Vikings never had horns on their helmets. That said - they have become something of an icon so why not provide them as an optional extra! I'm working on a viking character, one that will be part of a paper animation as well as a static model that will be adaptable for your own character based models.

I've started with a free hand model using coloured card plus scissors and glue. I've put together a rough design for the head. Complete with horned helmet!

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19 Apr
19 Apr

A Collective Noun of Trumps

John K from the US was kind enough to send me this picture of a giant Trump that he made from a magnified version of my download. Thanks John!



Thank you also to wisejohn and michael42er for posting these fantastic videos of Paper Trump out in the wild!

 

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05 Apr
05 Apr

notes.robives.com update

Just a quick note to let you know that I have updated my "everything else" website, notes.robives.com

The website is now responsive (It will resize to your phone or your computer as appropriate) and I have freshened up the graphics and layout a bit. Check it out!

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31 Mar
31 Mar

Tooth and Slot Crank Design

The tooth and slot gear from the previous project works really nicely. The motion is smooth and positive and in contract to the mesh gears the tooth and slot gears are lined up on the same plane. Time to make a project with a practical application.

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29 Mar
29 Mar

Interchangeable Paper Characters to Download and Make

Interchangeable Paper Models. A new set of models for everyone to download and make for free. I have produced these three models for Brother International, the printer people. They are available to download and make for free by clicking on the three images below.

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19 Mar
19 Mar

Tooth and Slot Gear Design

You follow @mechamechanisms on twitter right? So you'll have seen this mechanism pop up on their stream of amazing mechanical animations.
Although it is labeled as a sheet metal gear it looked to me like a perfect candidate for a paper version. Time to crack out the coloured card!

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13 Mar
13 Mar

Greek Herbs

Every so often an email arrives from someone who has had some sort of difficulty with the website shop. Just such an email arrived last week from Konstantinia P. in Greece. She was trying to order but because of local currency difficulties was not able to use the PapPal gateway. I asked her what files she was interested in and emailed them through with my compliments - hey, I like it when people are keen to make my models :-)

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