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Frankie

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£2.50

Frankie: A terrifyingly friendly monster to download and make. Turn the handle and the reduction gear give Frankie a particularly shambling gait.

Members and Patrons can download and make Frankie free. Thanks for your support! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50.


Print out the parts onto thin card. (230gsm / 67lb) Notice that the all coloured pages apart from sheet seven are printed on both the front and the back. Print one side, flip the sheet over and return it to the printer before printing the back. Score along all the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.


Some of the parts are made from double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down. Once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.

The pinion.


The main gear.


The cams


Fit the gear to the square cam shaft.


Fit the cams to the cam shaft lining them up with grey lines. Note that one faces one way and the other the other way.


Roll up and glue down the two axle tubes lining up the ends as accurately as possible.


Fit the gear axle into the cam shaft.


Fit the pinion to the short axle stub lining it up with the grey line.


Fold round and glue the box side as shown.


Roll round and glue the tabs on the box top and box base to make triangular tabs. Glue thetop and base to the box side as shown. Notice that the triangular tubes on the top and base are furthest away from the box end.


Assemble the box side with right angled triangle tubes and glue it to the box top.

Fit the gear into the hole in the box end.


Fold the box round threading the other end of the axle into position then glue the box closed.


Glue down the flaps from the box top and base.


Assemble the gear locator tube by curving it round and gluing it down


The gear locator rests gently against the gear holding it flat against the box. Thread it into place inside the box and glue it into position.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Glue the pinion to the pinion axle.


Thread the pinion axle into place so that it meshes with the gear.


Glue the handle to the other end of the axle.


Assemble the two leg stands.


Fit the two leg stands into the box.


Assemble the two cam followers.


Fit the cam followers into the box.


Fold over and glue the two push rods so that the centre section is double thickness.


Glue the push rods to the cam followers so that they thread up through the holes in the box top.


Wrap two pennies (20mm diameter 4 gram weight coin) tightly in scraps of card. Assemble the feet and glue a penny into each one.


Roll round and glue up the legs.


Glue the feet to the legs.


Thread the legs down over the leg stands and glue the ends of the push rods to the soles of the feet.


Assemble the hair.


Glue the nose to the head then roll round the head and glue it down.

Glue the neck front to the inside of the head lining it up as shown. Glue only on the grey area.


Assemble the body


Shape the arms


Fit the arms in the body.


Fit the head to the body and glue on the ears.


Fit the hair into place.


Finish the model by dropping the body onto the legs. Gravity holds it into position.

Turn the handle to see Frankie shamble!

Frankie: A terrifyingly friendly monster to download and make. Turn the handle and the reduction gear give Frankie a particularly shambling gait.

Members and Patrons can download and make Frankie free. Thanks for your support! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50.


Print out the parts onto thin card. (230gsm / 67lb) Notice that the all coloured pages apart from sheet seven are printed on both the front and the back. Print one side, flip the sheet over and return it to the printer before printing the back. Score along all the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.


Some of the parts are made from double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down. Once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.

The pinion.


The main gear.


The cams


Fit the gear to the square cam shaft.


Fit the cams to the cam shaft lining them up with grey lines. Note that one faces one way and the other the other way.


Roll up and glue down the two axle tubes lining up the ends as accurately as possible.


Fit the gear axle into the cam shaft.


Fit the pinion to the short axle stub lining it up with the grey line.


Fold round and glue the box side as shown.


Roll round and glue the tabs on the box top and box base to make triangular tabs. Glue thetop and base to the box side as shown. Notice that the triangular tubes on the top and base are furthest away from the box end.


Assemble the box side with right angled triangle tubes and glue it to the box top.

Fit the gear into the hole in the box end.


Fold the box round threading the other end of the axle into position then glue the box closed.


Glue down the flaps from the box top and base.


Assemble the gear locator tube by curving it round and gluing it down


The gear locator rests gently against the gear holding it flat against the box. Thread it into place inside the box and glue it into position.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Glue the pinion to the pinion axle.


Thread the pinion axle into place so that it meshes with the gear.


Glue the handle to the other end of the axle.


Assemble the two leg stands.


Fit the two leg stands into the box.


Assemble the two cam followers.


Fit the cam followers into the box.


Fold over and glue the two push rods so that the centre section is double thickness.


Glue the push rods to the cam followers so that they thread up through the holes in the box top.


Wrap two pennies (20mm diameter 4 gram weight coin) tightly in scraps of card. Assemble the feet and glue a penny into each one.


Roll round and glue up the legs.


Glue the feet to the legs.


Thread the legs down over the leg stands and glue the ends of the push rods to the soles of the feet.


Assemble the hair.


Glue the nose to the head then roll round the head and glue it down.

Glue the neck front to the inside of the head lining it up as shown. Glue only on the grey area.


Assemble the body


Shape the arms


Fit the arms in the body.


Fit the head to the body and glue on the ears.


Fit the hair into place.


Finish the model by dropping the body onto the legs. Gravity holds it into position.

Turn the handle to see Frankie shamble!

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Elephant Zine

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It's been a while since I produced a zine, time to set that straight!

I'm pleased to present Elephant: Mechanical Solutions to Everyday Problems a fun zine based around the theme of gears. Members can download and print out the file now - non-members will be able to download the file and join in the fun next week. If you can't wait you can become a member here.

Once you have the file downloaded, print it out onto normal printer paper. Make sure you set your printer to "Landscape" and "Scale to Fit"
There's an Instagram video showing how to fold up the Zine here. Belt and braces, there are instructions below.


This is how the finished page will be folded. Solid lines are cut lines, dotted lines are valley folds and dashed lines are hill folds. Notice the cut line across two panels in the centre of the sheet.


Use a sharp knife or a pair of scissors to cut off the excess from round the edge of the sheet.


Fold the sheet in half as accurately as possible.


Open up and fold the sheet in half the other way.


Open out the paper again then fold the ends into the centre. This will mark out the eight panels with creases.


Open out the sheet one last time then cut the centre line between the two vertical creases.


Fold the sheet in half then fold it up making this cross shape.


Fold it flat to make an eight page booklet.


Ta daa!

Download: 
ElephantZine.pdf (3.32 MB)

It's been a while since I produced a zine, time to set that straight!

I'm pleased to present Elephant: Mechanical Solutions to Everyday Problems a fun zine based around the theme of gears. Members can download and print out the file now - non-members will be able to download the file and join in the fun next week. If you can't wait you can become a member here.

Once you have the file downloaded, print it out onto normal printer paper. Make sure you set your printer to "Landscape" and "Scale to Fit"
There's an Instagram video showing how to fold up the Zine here. Belt and braces, there are instructions below.


This is how the finished page will be folded. Solid lines are cut lines, dotted lines are valley folds and dashed lines are hill folds. Notice the cut line across two panels in the centre of the sheet.


Use a sharp knife or a pair of scissors to cut off the excess from round the edge of the sheet.


Fold the sheet in half as accurately as possible.


Open up and fold the sheet in half the other way.


Open out the paper again then fold the ends into the centre. This will mark out the eight panels with creases.


Open out the sheet one last time then cut the centre line between the two vertical creases.


Fold the sheet in half then fold it up making this cross shape.


Fold it flat to make an eight page booklet.


Ta daa!

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Poseable Triceratops

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A cute poseable Triceratops to download and make. This papercraft project has movable legs and a poseable head. The neck joint is particularly interesting, featuring, as it does, a two axis two link joint for maximum head flexibility!

Members and patrons can download this paper dinosaur for free from the appropriate place - thanks for your support! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50.


Download the parts file and print out the pages onto thin card (230gsm / 67lb) Note that there are three different colour variants and an uncoloured version for you to choose from. The model uses four sheets of card, the fifth page needs to be printed onto the back of the forth sheet. Flip sheet four over and return it to the printer then print the back of sheet four.

Score along the dotted & dashed lines and cut the solid black lines before carefully cutting out the pieces.


Some of the parts in the model are made from double thickness card. This gives them extra stiffness and makes it easy to add colour to both sides of a piece.

Start by making the legs from double thickness card. Lift out the two small tabs so that they don't get glued down then fold over the card and glue it down to make double thickness.


Once the glue is dry carefully cut out the legs.


Make the horns from double thickness card, make sure that you don't glue the tabs at the base of the horns together.


Fold over the four large rectangular flaps on neck piece and glue them down to make double thickness card.


Once the glue is dry, cut out the holes and trim the long tabs to the profile of the neck pieces.


Roll the neck round and glue it as shown.


Each corner of the neck is assembled in the same way. Thread the slotted washer up through the hole and flatten the tabs out.


Glue a washer onto the two tabs. Don't get glue on the neck itself, the washer must be free to turn.


Glue a second washer onto the other side of the slotted washer. Again, making sure that the circle is free to turn.


Repeat this process on all four ends.


The two axles are assembled the same way as each other.

Roll up and glue down the axle tube lining up the end of the tube with the points of the arrows as accurately as possible


Start by lining up the edge of the outer tube with the arrow points as show. Roll it round the axle and glue it down on itself. Make sure no glue gets on the axle, The axle outer is a tight fit round the axle but should be free to move. Friction holds the outer axle tube into position.


Glue the the two end stops into position. These parts are glued to the axle - they don't move, they are there to keep the axle outer in place.


Dot a blob of glue into the centre of the two inner washers at one end of the neck and glue the neck to the outer axle.


Repeat the same at the other end. Once the glue is dry the the axles should be free to rotate in two axis.


Fold over and glue down the neck link pieces making double thickness card with a single thickness tab.


Glue the two neck links to one end of the neck as shown. Make sure that they are square with each other by placing them on a flat surface as in the picture.


Curve round and make the head top.


Glue in the two darts on the frill then glue the frill to the head.


Make the lower jaw.


Glue the lower jaw into the head.


The free end of the neck fits into the head with the axle axis running top of bottom.

Apply glue to the neck axle tabs tabs and thread the piece into the head. Hold the head into position as the glue dries.


There are two small alignment tabs on the body sides. Fold them over and glue them down.


Thread the two rear legs into position and lock them into place with a cover piece. The leg should be free to swing back and forth.


Fold round and glue down the tab on the body inner to make a triangular tube. This gives rigidity to the body inner.


Glue the body inner into place between the small arrow on the alignment tab and the small arrow at the top of the body. The cut-out in the body inner will allow the legs to move freely.


Fit the other body side to the body inner.


Fit the body top into position starting at the tail end.

Start by lining up the tabs on the body top with the tabs on the body sides so that they touch each other. Glue the body top tabs into place and glue the tail ends together.


Work your way along the body gluing down a few tabs at a time.


Fit the front legs into place with the tabs and cover pieces so that the are free to move.


Glue the tabs on the neck links to the front edge of the body


Glue on the three horns and the eyes to complete the model!


The finished triceratops ready to grace any desktop or mantelpiece!

A cute poseable Triceratops to download and make. This papercraft project has movable legs and a poseable head. The neck joint is particularly interesting, featuring, as it does, a two axis two link joint for maximum head flexibility!

Members and patrons can download this paper dinosaur for free from the appropriate place - thanks for your support! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50.


Download the parts file and print out the pages onto thin card (230gsm / 67lb) Note that there are three different colour variants and an uncoloured version for you to choose from. The model uses four sheets of card, the fifth page needs to be printed onto the back of the forth sheet. Flip sheet four over and return it to the printer then print the back of sheet four.

Score along the dotted & dashed lines and cut the solid black lines before carefully cutting out the pieces.


Some of the parts in the model are made from double thickness card. This gives them extra stiffness and makes it easy to add colour to both sides of a piece.

Start by making the legs from double thickness card. Lift out the two small tabs so that they don't get glued down then fold over the card and glue it down to make double thickness.


Once the glue is dry carefully cut out the legs.


Make the horns from double thickness card, make sure that you don't glue the tabs at the base of the horns together.


Fold over the four large rectangular flaps on neck piece and glue them down to make double thickness card.


Once the glue is dry, cut out the holes and trim the long tabs to the profile of the neck pieces.


Roll the neck round and glue it as shown.


Each corner of the neck is assembled in the same way. Thread the slotted washer up through the hole and flatten the tabs out.


Glue a washer onto the two tabs. Don't get glue on the neck itself, the washer must be free to turn.


Glue a second washer onto the other side of the slotted washer. Again, making sure that the circle is free to turn.


Repeat this process on all four ends.


The two axles are assembled the same way as each other.

Roll up and glue down the axle tube lining up the end of the tube with the points of the arrows as accurately as possible


Start by lining up the edge of the outer tube with the arrow points as show. Roll it round the axle and glue it down on itself. Make sure no glue gets on the axle, The axle outer is a tight fit round the axle but should be free to move. Friction holds the outer axle tube into position.


Glue the the two end stops into position. These parts are glued to the axle - they don't move, they are there to keep the axle outer in place.


Dot a blob of glue into the centre of the two inner washers at one end of the neck and glue the neck to the outer axle.


Repeat the same at the other end. Once the glue is dry the the axles should be free to rotate in two axis.


Fold over and glue down the neck link pieces making double thickness card with a single thickness tab.


Glue the two neck links to one end of the neck as shown. Make sure that they are square with each other by placing them on a flat surface as in the picture.


Curve round and make the head top.


Glue in the two darts on the frill then glue the frill to the head.


Make the lower jaw.


Glue the lower jaw into the head.


The free end of the neck fits into the head with the axle axis running top of bottom.

Apply glue to the neck axle tabs tabs and thread the piece into the head. Hold the head into position as the glue dries.


There are two small alignment tabs on the body sides. Fold them over and glue them down.


Thread the two rear legs into position and lock them into place with a cover piece. The leg should be free to swing back and forth.


Fold round and glue down the tab on the body inner to make a triangular tube. This gives rigidity to the body inner.


Glue the body inner into place between the small arrow on the alignment tab and the small arrow at the top of the body. The cut-out in the body inner will allow the legs to move freely.


Fit the other body side to the body inner.


Fit the body top into position starting at the tail end.

Start by lining up the tabs on the body top with the tabs on the body sides so that they touch each other. Glue the body top tabs into place and glue the tail ends together.


Work your way along the body gluing down a few tabs at a time.


Fit the front legs into place with the tabs and cover pieces so that the are free to move.


Glue the tabs on the neck links to the front edge of the body


Glue on the three horns and the eyes to complete the model!


The finished triceratops ready to grace any desktop or mantelpiece!

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Ice Lolly

£2.00

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Here's a simple, but fun paper project for you to download and make.

As always, members can download the parts file for free at the link. Non-members can join in the fun for £2.00


Start by printing out the parts. The first sheet makes the lolly and is printed onto thin card (230gsm/67lb)

The second sheet makes the wrapper. Print it onto normal photocopier paper. 80gsm

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


Assemble the two parts of the lolly stick


Fit the lolly stick into the support piece and line it up with the first grey line.


Thread the lolly stick through the hole in the lolly base and line it up with the second grey line. Glue it into position.


Glue the support down inside the lolly


Fold round the sides and glue them down.


Glue the end flap and tab together lining them up as accurately as possible.


Glue down the remaining tabs to complete the lolly.


Ta daa!


Pre-crease along the dotted line on the wrapper.
Roll the wrapper round and glue the two edges together as shown.


Pinch up the end and glue it down so that the seam runs along the centre of the wrapper.


Thread the lolly into the wrapper.


Glue down the other end.


Your completed lolly in its wrapper. I think you'll agree that it looks Fab!

Here's a simple, but fun paper project for you to download and make.

As always, members can download the parts file for free at the link. Non-members can join in the fun for £2.00


Start by printing out the parts. The first sheet makes the lolly and is printed onto thin card (230gsm/67lb)

The second sheet makes the wrapper. Print it onto normal photocopier paper. 80gsm

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


Assemble the two parts of the lolly stick


Fit the lolly stick into the support piece and line it up with the first grey line.


Thread the lolly stick through the hole in the lolly base and line it up with the second grey line. Glue it into position.


Glue the support down inside the lolly


Fold round the sides and glue them down.


Glue the end flap and tab together lining them up as accurately as possible.


Glue down the remaining tabs to complete the lolly.


Ta daa!


Pre-crease along the dotted line on the wrapper.
Roll the wrapper round and glue the two edges together as shown.


Pinch up the end and glue it down so that the seam runs along the centre of the wrapper.


Thread the lolly into the wrapper.


Glue down the other end.


Your completed lolly in its wrapper. I think you'll agree that it looks Fab!

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Gear Up!

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Gear Up! Turn the handle and the big gear with twenty nine teeth drives the smaller eleven tooth gear.
The small pinion is geared up by almost three times the speed.
This Essential Mechanism can be made as a pure mechanism or as a starting point for other character based automata. Have fun!


Check out the video of the model in action.

As an Essential Mechanism all paid members can download the parts of this model for free. Thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50

Print out the parts onto thin card. I used a combination of white and coloured card to make a colourful model.
Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.


All the parts ready to go.


Fold over and glue down the gears to make double thickness card. Once the glue is dry carefully cut out the parts. There are detailed instructions on making gears here.


Fold up and glue the box sides making right angled triangle tubes.


Fold round and glue the tabs on the box top and the box base making equilateral triangle tubes.


Glue the sides to the box top. Note that the holes in the sides are closest to the top piece.


Glue the base into place.


Glue down the side tabs to close the box.


Fit the box inner into place under the box top. Note that in this picture the box is upside down.


Roll round and glue down the two axle tubes lining up the edges with the points of the arrows as accurately as possible.


Thread the small gear onto the square axle tube and glue it down lining it up with the grey centre line.

Fit the gear onto the 'Small Gear' axle.


Drop the axle down through the two holes in the box top. The gear should be free to turn easily.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Glue the handle to the 'Big Gear' shaft.


Thread the axle through the box as shown.


Glue the shaft stub into place in the large gear.


Complete the model by gluing the large gear to the axle.


Turn the handle and watch the small gear spin!
There is something really satisfying about watching gears meshing, I love it!

Gear Up! Turn the handle and the big gear with twenty nine teeth drives the smaller eleven tooth gear.
The small pinion is geared up by almost three times the speed.
This Essential Mechanism can be made as a pure mechanism or as a starting point for other character based automata. Have fun!


Check out the video of the model in action.

As an Essential Mechanism all paid members can download the parts of this model for free. Thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50

Print out the parts onto thin card. I used a combination of white and coloured card to make a colourful model.
Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.


All the parts ready to go.


Fold over and glue down the gears to make double thickness card. Once the glue is dry carefully cut out the parts. There are detailed instructions on making gears here.


Fold up and glue the box sides making right angled triangle tubes.


Fold round and glue the tabs on the box top and the box base making equilateral triangle tubes.


Glue the sides to the box top. Note that the holes in the sides are closest to the top piece.


Glue the base into place.


Glue down the side tabs to close the box.


Fit the box inner into place under the box top. Note that in this picture the box is upside down.


Roll round and glue down the two axle tubes lining up the edges with the points of the arrows as accurately as possible.


Thread the small gear onto the square axle tube and glue it down lining it up with the grey centre line.

Fit the gear onto the 'Small Gear' axle.


Drop the axle down through the two holes in the box top. The gear should be free to turn easily.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Glue the handle to the 'Big Gear' shaft.


Thread the axle through the box as shown.


Glue the shaft stub into place in the large gear.


Complete the model by gluing the large gear to the axle.


Turn the handle and watch the small gear spin!
There is something really satisfying about watching gears meshing, I love it!

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Dog's Dinner

£2.50

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Dog's Dinner. Turn the handle and the cam powered dog munches enthusiastically in his bowl.

Members can download the parts for free at the link. Thanks for signing up. Non-members can download the parts file for £2.50

The parts file comes in both colour and un-coloured version. Choose the one you are making and print out the parts onto thin card. (230 gsm / 67lb) The colour version is printed on both sides. Print out the front, flip the card and return it to the printer and print out the back.

Once the ink is dry, score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.

Nom, nom nom!

Fold over the legs to make double thickness card then once the glue is dry cut them out.


Repeat with the rear legs.


Assemble the neck as shown.


Glue the neck into the body. Line up the body tab with the crease line and the bottom of the neck with the small lines on the lower edge of the body.


Tuck in and glue the neck as shown.


Glue on the body back.


Glue on the tail.


Thread the rear leg link through the holes on the body and glue the legs to the tabs so that they are free to rock back and forth.


Fold over and glue down the front leg support to make double thickness card.

Glue it to the tab at the bottom end of the neck so that the crease line runs along the middle of the support.


Assemble the head as shown.


Glue on the eyes.


Assemble the cam.


Thread the cam on to the axle tube and glue it down.


Roll up the axle tube gluing it down so that the ends lined up with the points of the arrows


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Glue together the top and bottom of the box.


Glue the push rod support to the underside of the box top.


Assemble the sides.


Glue the sides to the top as shown. Note that the round holes should be furthest away from the box top and the largest square hole is at the front of the top near the bowl circle.


Glue in the base.


Glue the ends of the box into place.


Thread the axle tube into place as shown.


Assemble the dog bowl.


Glue the dog bowl to the top of the box.


Roll a penny (20mm diameter coin 4 gram weight) in an off-cut of card and glue it to the inside of the head. Assemble the head inner triangle and glue it to the inside back of the head.


Glue the head to the neck tab.


Glue the rear legs to the base so that the head hands into the middle of the bowl.


Assemble the push rod. Thread it up through the hole in the box top and glue the end to the back of the front-leg support.


Thread the front leg tabs under the edge of the bowl without gluing them down.


Glue the front legs between the front leg tabs and the front leg holder.

Finish off the model by gluing on the handle.

 

Dog's Dinner. Turn the handle and the cam powered dog munches enthusiastically in his bowl.

Members can download the parts for free at the link. Thanks for signing up. Non-members can download the parts file for £2.50

The parts file comes in both colour and un-coloured version. Choose the one you are making and print out the parts onto thin card. (230 gsm / 67lb) The colour version is printed on both sides. Print out the front, flip the card and return it to the printer and print out the back.

Once the ink is dry, score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.

Nom, nom nom!

Fold over the legs to make double thickness card then once the glue is dry cut them out.


Repeat with the rear legs.


Assemble the neck as shown.


Glue the neck into the body. Line up the body tab with the crease line and the bottom of the neck with the small lines on the lower edge of the body.


Tuck in and glue the neck as shown.


Glue on the body back.


Glue on the tail.


Thread the rear leg link through the holes on the body and glue the legs to the tabs so that they are free to rock back and forth.


Fold over and glue down the front leg support to make double thickness card.

Glue it to the tab at the bottom end of the neck so that the crease line runs along the middle of the support.


Assemble the head as shown.


Glue on the eyes.


Assemble the cam.


Thread the cam on to the axle tube and glue it down.


Roll up the axle tube gluing it down so that the ends lined up with the points of the arrows


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Glue together the top and bottom of the box.


Glue the push rod support to the underside of the box top.


Assemble the sides.


Glue the sides to the top as shown. Note that the round holes should be furthest away from the box top and the largest square hole is at the front of the top near the bowl circle.


Glue in the base.


Glue the ends of the box into place.


Thread the axle tube into place as shown.


Assemble the dog bowl.


Glue the dog bowl to the top of the box.


Roll a penny (20mm diameter coin 4 gram weight) in an off-cut of card and glue it to the inside of the head. Assemble the head inner triangle and glue it to the inside back of the head.


Glue the head to the neck tab.


Glue the rear legs to the base so that the head hands into the middle of the bowl.


Assemble the push rod. Thread it up through the hole in the box top and glue the end to the back of the front-leg support.


Thread the front leg tabs under the edge of the bowl without gluing them down.


Glue the front legs between the front leg tabs and the front leg holder.

Finish off the model by gluing on the handle.

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Jack Russell - Poseable Paper Dog to Download and Make

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I've designed a set of four download-and-make poseable paper dogs for Brother International. You can download the parts and instructions for construction from the Brother website.

Click on the pictures below or this link to vist the page for the Jack Russell

Frenchie Jack Russell Sausage Dog Scottie

I've designed a set of four download-and-make poseable paper dogs for Brother International. You can download the parts and instructions for construction from the Brother website.

Click on the pictures below or this link to vist the page for the Jack Russell

Frenchie Jack Russell Sausage Dog Scottie

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Caterpillar

£2.50

Your rating: None (9 votes)

An animated Paper Caterpillar to print out and make! Turn the handle on this delightful model and the caterpillar creeps ever forward.
In the base of the box is a double crank and a pair of bell cranks which drive the creature in its lifelike movement.

Members can of course download the parts for free at the link, thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50

Print out the parts onto thin card, 230gsm / 67lb. Note that the colour version in the file is printed back and front. Print out the front, flip the card over and return it to the printer then print out the back. Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.



Fold over the push rod ends and glue them down making double thickness card. Once the glue is dry cut them out.


Fold over the caterpillar head to make double thickness card then cut it when the glue is dry.


Roll up the four tubes lining up the edges with the points of the arrows as accurately as possible.


Assemble the two push rods as shown gluing the push rod ends into position with a long tube through the holes as shown.


Assemble the crank centre.


Assemble the two crank side pieces.


Fit the two push rod tubes into the crank centre gluing then into place. Make sure that the push rods are free to rotate. Note the positioning of the tabs at the ends of the push rods.


Fit the two crank pieces into place, then glue in the two remaining tubes.


Fold up and glue together the pairs of tubes that make up the bell cranks.


Glue them together as shown.


Assemble the cross beam. Glue the tabs of the bell crank to the cross beam. Line up the tab of the short section of the bell crank between the grey lines.


Assemble the box sides as shown. The sides are folded up to make right angled triangles.


Assemble the two box top parts as shown.


Assemble the base, making triangle tubes as shown.


Join the two tops to the tabs on the two sides.


Fold the sides over and glue to the base.

Glue down the flaps from the top sides and one of the flaps from the base. Leave the remaining base flap open as shown.


Assemble the slider inner and thread on the two sliders.


Fit the slider into place in the top. The slider tubes should be free to move freely back and forth.


Glue the grey section of the tab on the short arm of the bell crank to the inside of one of the sliders as shown. Glue the cross beam into place between the grey areas on the box sides.
As the long arm on the bell crank is lifted up and down the slider tube should move back and forth.


Repeat the process with the other bell crank.


Fit the crank through the far hole in the box. Glue the push rod tabs to the bell cranks.


Fold up and glue down the remaining box side.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Fit the handle to the box. Once the glue is dry, test the movemnt by turning the handle.


The parts of the caterpillar are numbered. Assemble part one.


Assemble the two parts of section two.


The next few sections are all made the same way. Fold and glue as shown.


Glue the parts together in order.


Assemble the final section.


...and glue it into place


Turn the handle so that the bell cranks are level and the sliders are centred as shown.


Glue the caterpillar front and back to the two slider tubes so that it is lying flat.


Glue the head to the front of the body.


Ta daa! Turn the handle to bring the caterpillar to life.

An animated Paper Caterpillar to print out and make! Turn the handle on this delightful model and the caterpillar creeps ever forward.
In the base of the box is a double crank and a pair of bell cranks which drive the creature in its lifelike movement.

Members can of course download the parts for free at the link, thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50

Print out the parts onto thin card, 230gsm / 67lb. Note that the colour version in the file is printed back and front. Print out the front, flip the card over and return it to the printer then print out the back. Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.



Fold over the push rod ends and glue them down making double thickness card. Once the glue is dry cut them out.


Fold over the caterpillar head to make double thickness card then cut it when the glue is dry.


Roll up the four tubes lining up the edges with the points of the arrows as accurately as possible.


Assemble the two push rods as shown gluing the push rod ends into position with a long tube through the holes as shown.


Assemble the crank centre.


Assemble the two crank side pieces.


Fit the two push rod tubes into the crank centre gluing then into place. Make sure that the push rods are free to rotate. Note the positioning of the tabs at the ends of the push rods.


Fit the two crank pieces into place, then glue in the two remaining tubes.


Fold up and glue together the pairs of tubes that make up the bell cranks.


Glue them together as shown.


Assemble the cross beam. Glue the tabs of the bell crank to the cross beam. Line up the tab of the short section of the bell crank between the grey lines.


Assemble the box sides as shown. The sides are folded up to make right angled triangles.


Assemble the two box top parts as shown.


Assemble the base, making triangle tubes as shown.


Join the two tops to the tabs on the two sides.


Fold the sides over and glue to the base.

Glue down the flaps from the top sides and one of the flaps from the base. Leave the remaining base flap open as shown.


Assemble the slider inner and thread on the two sliders.


Fit the slider into place in the top. The slider tubes should be free to move freely back and forth.


Glue the grey section of the tab on the short arm of the bell crank to the inside of one of the sliders as shown. Glue the cross beam into place between the grey areas on the box sides.
As the long arm on the bell crank is lifted up and down the slider tube should move back and forth.


Repeat the process with the other bell crank.


Fit the crank through the far hole in the box. Glue the push rod tabs to the bell cranks.


Fold up and glue down the remaining box side.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Fit the handle to the box. Once the glue is dry, test the movemnt by turning the handle.


The parts of the caterpillar are numbered. Assemble part one.


Assemble the two parts of section two.


The next few sections are all made the same way. Fold and glue as shown.


Glue the parts together in order.


Assemble the final section.


...and glue it into place


Turn the handle so that the bell cranks are level and the sliders are centred as shown.


Glue the caterpillar front and back to the two slider tubes so that it is lying flat.


Glue the head to the front of the body.


Ta daa! Turn the handle to bring the caterpillar to life.

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Cam Box

£2.50

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Turn the handle in the Cam Box and the push rod protruding from the top of the box moves up and down. Vary the cam profile to vary the movement of the push rod. Use this model to experiment with how cams work or as the starting point for other character based models.

Members can download this model for free at the link.


Print out the parts onto three sheets of thin card. (230gsm / 67lb is ideal) I used coloured card for a colourful model.

Score along the dotted and dashed lines then cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.


Fold the cam in half and glue it down to make double thickness card. Once the glue is dry cut out the cam.


Roll up the two tubes. Align the edge of the card with the points of the arrows.


Glue the cam to the cam shaft outer using the grey line for alignment.

Fit the cam shaft inner into the outer lining it up with the two grey lines on the inner tube.


Fold up and glue down the cam follower.


Glue the cam follower end into place.


Glue the short tube down and wrap the cam follower end round it gluing the end down o hold the tube ino position.


Wrap a small coin in an off-cut of card. (1p UKP 1c US 1c Euro are all ideal. 20mm diameter, 4g weight) Glue it to the cam follower as shown


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Make up the base and the top of the box. The triangle tubes are all right angle triangles.


Make up the two sides as shown.


Glue the sides to the top with the grey arrows pointing to the top.


Fit the cam into place and glue on the base.


Fold round and complete the box.


Glue the tab on the push rod to the cam follower.


Thread the push rod up through the hole in the box lid.

Glue the cam follower to the centre front of the box. (The front is the side furthest away from the hole in the box lid.)


Complete the model by gluing the handle to the cam shaft.


Turn the handle and watch the push rod jump up and down in lively fashion!


Next I'll be completing this Dog's Dinner prototype and showing how you can use the Cam Box to make the dog eat enthusiastically! Nom nom nom!

Turn the handle in the Cam Box and the push rod protruding from the top of the box moves up and down. Vary the cam profile to vary the movement of the push rod. Use this model to experiment with how cams work or as the starting point for other character based models.

Members can download this model for free at the link.


Print out the parts onto three sheets of thin card. (230gsm / 67lb is ideal) I used coloured card for a colourful model.

Score along the dotted and dashed lines then cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.


Fold the cam in half and glue it down to make double thickness card. Once the glue is dry cut out the cam.


Roll up the two tubes. Align the edge of the card with the points of the arrows.


Glue the cam to the cam shaft outer using the grey line for alignment.

Fit the cam shaft inner into the outer lining it up with the two grey lines on the inner tube.


Fold up and glue down the cam follower.


Glue the cam follower end into place.


Glue the short tube down and wrap the cam follower end round it gluing the end down o hold the tube ino position.


Wrap a small coin in an off-cut of card. (1p UKP 1c US 1c Euro are all ideal. 20mm diameter, 4g weight) Glue it to the cam follower as shown


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Make up the base and the top of the box. The triangle tubes are all right angle triangles.


Make up the two sides as shown.


Glue the sides to the top with the grey arrows pointing to the top.


Fit the cam into place and glue on the base.


Fold round and complete the box.


Glue the tab on the push rod to the cam follower.


Thread the push rod up through the hole in the box lid.

Glue the cam follower to the centre front of the box. (The front is the side furthest away from the hole in the box lid.)


Complete the model by gluing the handle to the cam shaft.


Turn the handle and watch the push rod jump up and down in lively fashion!


Next I'll be completing this Dog's Dinner prototype and showing how you can use the Cam Box to make the dog eat enthusiastically! Nom nom nom!

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Running Dog

£2.50

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Running Dog. Turn the handle and see the dog run powered via the mesh gears and crank mechanism

Watch the running dog in action in this YouTube video!

The running dog is based on the Mesh Gear / Crank mkii Essential Mechanism. All the parts, including the Mesh Gear Crank are included in the Running Dog file. Members can download the parts file for free at the link, non members can join in the fun for £2.50

Download and print out the parts onto thin card. (230 gsm / 67lb is about right) Score along the dotted lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.

You will need to construct the Mesh Gear / Crank first, instructions are here.


Once you have completed the box it is time to construct the dog.

Start by assembling the neck and body then gluing them together as shown.


Glue the leg supports into the body with the front piece to the front and the back piece to the back. Make sure that the glued section is upright.


Assemble the stand and glue it into the body.


Fold up and glue down the two linkage pieces as shown so that the short section is made from double thickness card.


Glue the linkages to the leg supports so that they just clear the stand piece.


Make up the four legs by folding them over to make double thickness card then cutting them out. Make the paws in the same way and glue them to the tabs on the ends of the legs.


Assemble the head and ears.


Make up the tail from double thickness card and glue it to the back of the body


Glue the legs to the small tabs on the leg support (arrowed)

Line up the leg so that the centre top of the leg is over the hinge in the leg support. (dotted cross)


Repeat the same process with the front legs.

When you pull the linkages the legs should move up and down freely.


Glue the head to the neck.


Glue on the eyes and nose.


Fit the dog to the top of the main drive shaft gluing it into position .

Glue the two linkages to the top of the box to complete the model.


Turn the handle to see Spot run!

 

Running Dog. Turn the handle and see the dog run powered via the mesh gears and crank mechanism

Watch the running dog in action in this YouTube video!

The running dog is based on the Mesh Gear / Crank mkii Essential Mechanism. All the parts, including the Mesh Gear Crank are included in the Running Dog file. Members can download the parts file for free at the link, non members can join in the fun for £2.50

Download and print out the parts onto thin card. (230 gsm / 67lb is about right) Score along the dotted lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.

You will need to construct the Mesh Gear / Crank first, instructions are here.


Once you have completed the box it is time to construct the dog.

Start by assembling the neck and body then gluing them together as shown.


Glue the leg supports into the body with the front piece to the front and the back piece to the back. Make sure that the glued section is upright.


Assemble the stand and glue it into the body.


Fold up and glue down the two linkage pieces as shown so that the short section is made from double thickness card.


Glue the linkages to the leg supports so that they just clear the stand piece.


Make up the four legs by folding them over to make double thickness card then cutting them out. Make the paws in the same way and glue them to the tabs on the ends of the legs.


Assemble the head and ears.


Make up the tail from double thickness card and glue it to the back of the body


Glue the legs to the small tabs on the leg support (arrowed)

Line up the leg so that the centre top of the leg is over the hinge in the leg support. (dotted cross)


Repeat the same process with the front legs.

When you pull the linkages the legs should move up and down freely.


Glue the head to the neck.


Glue on the eyes and nose.


Fit the dog to the top of the main drive shaft gluing it into position .

Glue the two linkages to the top of the box to complete the model.


Turn the handle to see Spot run!

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