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Sledging Penguin

£2.00

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Download and make the Sledging Penguin as a stand-alone papertoy or as character starting point for your own paper animations. The Sledging Penguin is a perfect model for combining with one of the Essential Mechanisms. Members can download the parts for free, thanks for your support! Non-members can join in the fun for £2/$3


Print out the parts onto thin card (230 micron / 67lb)

Score along the dotted and dashed lines then carefully cut out the parts.


Making the Penguin

The wings and feet are made from double thickness card, this allows them to be printed in colour on both side. Fold the parts over and glue them down. When the glue is dry carefully cut them out.


Starting from one end of the body glue the sides into place. Glue a couple of tabs at a time and work your way round to complete the body.


Give the beak a gentle curve along its length then glue it to the lower part of the eye area.


Glue on the eyes in to place covering the beak tabs.


Glue the feet into position.


Complete the penguin by gluing on the wings.


Making the Sledge

The sledge sides are made from double thickness card. Fold them over, glue them down then carefully cut them out.


Assemble the sledge base as shown.


Glue the sides to the sledge body.


Make a rope by cutting a long thin strip of scrap card and gluing it onto place as shown.


Glue the Penguin into place on the sledge to complete the model.

Handy tip if you are using the Penguin as part of an automata: when attaching the Penguin, glue just the feet so that the body is free to rock back and forth.


Try fitting the completed penguin to one of the Essential Mechanisms to bring it to life. The crank slider shown here makes the sledge bob and jump. Why not try attaching it to a mesh gear to make the penguin spin on the spot!

Download and make the Sledging Penguin as a stand-alone papertoy or as character starting point for your own paper animations. The Sledging Penguin is a perfect model for combining with one of the Essential Mechanisms. Members can download the parts for free, thanks for your support! Non-members can join in the fun for £2/$3


Print out the parts onto thin card (230 micron / 67lb)

Score along the dotted and dashed lines then carefully cut out the parts.


Making the Penguin

The wings and feet are made from double thickness card, this allows them to be printed in colour on both side. Fold the parts over and glue them down. When the glue is dry carefully cut them out.


Starting from one end of the body glue the sides into place. Glue a couple of tabs at a time and work your way round to complete the body.


Give the beak a gentle curve along its length then glue it to the lower part of the eye area.


Glue on the eyes in to place covering the beak tabs.


Glue the feet into position.


Complete the penguin by gluing on the wings.


Making the Sledge

The sledge sides are made from double thickness card. Fold them over, glue them down then carefully cut them out.


Assemble the sledge base as shown.


Glue the sides to the sledge body.


Make a rope by cutting a long thin strip of scrap card and gluing it onto place as shown.


Glue the Penguin into place on the sledge to complete the model.

Handy tip if you are using the Penguin as part of an automata: when attaching the Penguin, glue just the feet so that the body is free to rock back and forth.


Try fitting the completed penguin to one of the Essential Mechanisms to bring it to life. The crank slider shown here makes the sledge bob and jump. Why not try attaching it to a mesh gear to make the penguin spin on the spot!

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Pirates Ahoy!

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It's been a while - I've been finishing off a book project for a US publisher - I'll tell you all about it as soon as I can. Meanwhile, I'm now working on a pirate model, here's the head, of which I'm rather pleased. Normal service will now be resumed.

It's been a while - I've been finishing off a book project for a US publisher - I'll tell you all about it as soon as I can. Meanwhile, I'm now working on a pirate model, here's the head, of which I'm rather pleased. Normal service will now be resumed.

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Paper Knight Prototype

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I'm working on a character that will work as a stand alone papertoy and will also be useable as the starting point for a possible paper animation. If you follow me on Instagram you will have already seen the freehand version I made yesterday - Today I have taken that model, cut it up, scanned the parts and prepared a digital file.

Here is the paper knight printed and cut out onto coloured card. There are a few small changes needed then I'll be adding colour and details such as rivets to complete the layout.


The helmet fits into place one tube inside the other allowing the head to rotate.


I've made the arms moveable using the same mechanism I used for the tail in the poseable dog model.

I'm away for a couple of days then I'll be finishing off the paper knight as a downloadable project! Ni!

I'm working on a character that will work as a stand alone papertoy and will also be useable as the starting point for a possible paper animation. If you follow me on Instagram you will have already seen the freehand version I made yesterday - Today I have taken that model, cut it up, scanned the parts and prepared a digital file.

Here is the paper knight printed and cut out onto coloured card. There are a few small changes needed then I'll be adding colour and details such as rivets to complete the layout.


The helmet fits into place one tube inside the other allowing the head to rotate.


I've made the arms moveable using the same mechanism I used for the tail in the poseable dog model.

I'm away for a couple of days then I'll be finishing off the paper knight as a downloadable project! Ni!

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housemaid

£0.00

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Here's a simple but effective character to add to the top of your crank box project from the previous post. The template is free for everyone download.

Cut out the single shape, fold it as per the picture and glue it to the box top. Knees to the box, one hand to the sliding pad and one hand to the box top next to the slide.

Turn the handle and the housemaid cleans the floor diligently

Here you can see an Instagram animation of the simple Housemaid character working.

Download: 
housemaid.pdf (814.73 KB)

Here's a simple but effective character to add to the top of your crank box project from the previous post. The template is free for everyone download.

Cut out the single shape, fold it as per the picture and glue it to the box top. Knees to the box, one hand to the sliding pad and one hand to the box top next to the slide.

Turn the handle and the housemaid cleans the floor diligently

Here you can see an Instagram animation of the simple Housemaid character working.

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The Dancing Man

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Download and Make the Dancing Man here!

 


One starting point mechanism can be used for all sorts of different paper automata. Take, for example, the four bar linkage mechanism. This project was originally used as a pointing finger for my YouTube video outro,


With a little extra work it makes this rather fetching dancing figure.


No sooner had I posted the Instagram animation above than I received a tweet from @loobydotlu suggesting it could also be a goal keeper. Nice idea!


I'll be releasing the plans for this character shortly. I'll keep it blank so you can choose how to dress it. Dancer, goal keeper, person dodging bees... it'll be up to you.

Download and Make the Dancing Man here!

 


One starting point mechanism can be used for all sorts of different paper automata. Take, for example, the four bar linkage mechanism. This project was originally used as a pointing finger for my YouTube video outro,


With a little extra work it makes this rather fetching dancing figure.


No sooner had I posted the Instagram animation above than I received a tweet from @loobydotlu suggesting it could also be a goal keeper. Nice idea!


I'll be releasing the plans for this character shortly. I'll keep it blank so you can choose how to dress it. Dancer, goal keeper, person dodging bees... it'll be up to you.

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Designing and Eagle Head

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Starting from this sketch I've been working on the head for my Eagle model. Notice that the zig-zag section at the bottom of the head is flaired outwards. Because of this, the head section can't be made from a simple cylinder.


Instead I've made five identical pieces like this, The two sections at the bottom are flaired first by an extra four millimetres width, then by an extra six millimetres.


With the five pieces interlocked and glued together the bottom of the neck looks like this with the base flairing out nicely!


I finished off the head with a curved piece making the rounded top of the head then couple of beak parts and a set of glowering eyes.

The finished result looks suitable stern I reckon. Next I need to work out what I'm doing with the body, I think it is going to need to be scaled down compared to the head otherwise the finished model will be enourmous!

Starting from this sketch I've been working on the head for my Eagle model. Notice that the zig-zag section at the bottom of the head is flaired outwards. Because of this, the head section can't be made from a simple cylinder.


Instead I've made five identical pieces like this, The two sections at the bottom are flaired first by an extra four millimetres width, then by an extra six millimetres.


With the five pieces interlocked and glued together the bottom of the neck looks like this with the base flairing out nicely!


I finished off the head with a curved piece making the rounded top of the head then couple of beak parts and a set of glowering eyes.

The finished result looks suitable stern I reckon. Next I need to work out what I'm doing with the body, I think it is going to need to be scaled down compared to the head otherwise the finished model will be enourmous!

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Paper Boy to Download and Make

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A fun model to download and make. the Paper Boy is a simple model designed by yours truly and available to download for free from the Brother website here


Pull down the legs and the arms lift up!

A fun model to download and make. the Paper Boy is a simple model designed by yours truly and available to download for free from the Brother website here


Pull down the legs and the arms lift up!

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IKB

£2.50

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Make your own hero of the Industrial Revolution. IKB was the engineer behind all kinds of Victorian wonders from the ship Great Eastern to the beautiful Clifton Suspension Bridge. You can find out about him here.

Members can download the model for free, non-members can download the parts for £2.50


Print out the parts onto thin card. You will need seven sheets of 230 micron / 67lb card. Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before cutting out the parts.


Roll round and glue the top hat body and glue on the rim. Sandwich on a second rim lined up with the first.


Glue on the hat top.


Glue the nose into place. Roll round and glue down the head.


Roll the cigar piece tightly round and glue it down so that the red tip is tapered back as shown.


Fit the cigar into place with a small dot of glue.


Roll up and glue the neck Line up the edge of the neck with the edge of the grey area.


Glue one of the two thin neck rings to the top of the neck.


Fit the other two rings as shown. The middle ring should be free to turn so only glue it to itself.


Glue the neck tabs to the slip ring.


Glue together the head inner.


Fit the head inner to the neck tabs then glue on the tab covers so that the head inner is free to rotate round the neck and rock back and forth.


Glue the head inner inside the head to the inside front and back of the head.


Glue the top hat into place at a slightly jaunty angle. Not too jaunty!


Glue the front of the side burns into place and pull them out slightly to give them a ruffled profile.


Glue the collar to the neck curving down the collar wings as shown.


Roll round and glue together the two legs.


Join the legs together first at the back then at the front.


Assemble the two feet.


Glue the two feet to the legs so that they are pointed slightly outwards.


Glue together the various tabs to make up the jacket.


Glue the arms into the arm holes. Make sure you get them on the right way round!


Glue the edge of the inside of the collar into place. Lift the outer edge slightly to give a 3D look.


Thread the neck down into the body and glue it to the inside back of the body.


Finish off IKB by joining the body and legs together then tucking in the hands into the slots in the jacket and trousers.


Making the display stand.

Glue the ends onto the display back.


Fold round the sides to make two rectangular section tubes.


Glue the two stiffeners into place, make sure you get them the right way up by checking the light and shadow on the rivet heads.


Fold round the ends and glue them down.


Fold up and glue down the right angle triangle sections on the base.


Carefully glue together the base.


Glue the base to the grey areas on the back board.


Proudly display your Brunel on the stand. Now go and read all about him, he was an amazing fellow!

Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Make your own hero of the Industrial Revolution. IKB was the engineer behind all kinds of Victorian wonders from the ship Great Eastern to the beautiful Clifton Suspension Bridge. You can find out about him here.

Members can download the model for free, non-members can download the parts for £2.50


Print out the parts onto thin card. You will need seven sheets of 230 micron / 67lb card. Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before cutting out the parts.


Roll round and glue the top hat body and glue on the rim. Sandwich on a second rim lined up with the first.


Glue on the hat top.


Glue the nose into place. Roll round and glue down the head.


Roll the cigar piece tightly round and glue it down so that the red tip is tapered back as shown.


Fit the cigar into place with a small dot of glue.


Roll up and glue the neck Line up the edge of the neck with the edge of the grey area.


Glue one of the two thin neck rings to the top of the neck.


Fit the other two rings as shown. The middle ring should be free to turn so only glue it to itself.


Glue the neck tabs to the slip ring.


Glue together the head inner.


Fit the head inner to the neck tabs then glue on the tab covers so that the head inner is free to rotate round the neck and rock back and forth.


Glue the head inner inside the head to the inside front and back of the head.


Glue the top hat into place at a slightly jaunty angle. Not too jaunty!


Glue the front of the side burns into place and pull them out slightly to give them a ruffled profile.


Glue the collar to the neck curving down the collar wings as shown.


Roll round and glue together the two legs.


Join the legs together first at the back then at the front.


Assemble the two feet.


Glue the two feet to the legs so that they are pointed slightly outwards.


Glue together the various tabs to make up the jacket.


Glue the arms into the arm holes. Make sure you get them on the right way round!


Glue the edge of the inside of the collar into place. Lift the outer edge slightly to give a 3D look.


Thread the neck down into the body and glue it to the inside back of the body.


Finish off IKB by joining the body and legs together then tucking in the hands into the slots in the jacket and trousers.


Making the display stand.

Glue the ends onto the display back.


Fold round the sides to make two rectangular section tubes.


Glue the two stiffeners into place, make sure you get them the right way up by checking the light and shadow on the rivet heads.


Fold round the ends and glue them down.


Fold up and glue down the right angle triangle sections on the base.


Carefully glue together the base.


Glue the base to the grey areas on the back board.


Proudly display your Brunel on the stand. Now go and read all about him, he was an amazing fellow!

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IKB - Quick update

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Monday is my paperwork day. Sigh. Having completed a particularly dull pile of records I spent the next two hours in a frustrating bid to fix, and eventually re-install my copy of Illustrator. Pah.


That done, I've finally got on with the fun stuff. I've laid out the parts for a slightly enlarged back plate for the display stand then knocked together a corrugated card box to fit everything in. Colour and artwork next then we're good to go!

Monday is my paperwork day. Sigh. Having completed a particularly dull pile of records I spent the next two hours in a frustrating bid to fix, and eventually re-install my copy of Illustrator. Pah.


That done, I've finally got on with the fun stuff. I've laid out the parts for a slightly enlarged back plate for the display stand then knocked together a corrugated card box to fit everything in. Colour and artwork next then we're good to go!

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IKB Display Stand

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Display stand for Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A box girder back to keep the surface flat. It'll look the part with some printed rivets!


A section of chains from the classic IKB picture should finish the back off nicely.

I'm ignoring Smelter's facebook prods - paper chains? This is IKB not Father Christmas.

(That said I'll probably give it a go and see how it looks.)


Referring to original IKB pictures I decided to give the side-burns a little depth.


This simple fold of paper seems quite effective.


And here he stands. The back board is 20mm short but looking promising I think. 

I'm going to have a go at  making a corrugated card box with sliding sleeve to fit the whole thing in.

Display stand for Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A box girder back to keep the surface flat. It'll look the part with some printed rivets!


A section of chains from the classic IKB picture should finish the back off nicely.

I'm ignoring Smelter's facebook prods - paper chains? This is IKB not Father Christmas.

(That said I'll probably give it a go and see how it looks.)


Referring to original IKB pictures I decided to give the side-burns a little depth.


This simple fold of paper seems quite effective.


And here he stands. The back board is 20mm short but looking promising I think. 

I'm going to have a go at  making a corrugated card box with sliding sleeve to fit the whole thing in.

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