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Designing a Viking

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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!


I've made the body in the same way - freehand with coloured card. I got to this point and realised it would probably make an interesting YouTube video. Like those those speeded up sketching videos but with cutting out and making. Maybe next time.


First draft after fitting the parts together.

Here are some details from different viewpoints.


Next step - The shirt needs to be more like a tunic. He needs boots rather than shoes and I think I might make his upper body slightly larger.

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!


I've made the body in the same way - freehand with coloured card. I got to this point and realised it would probably make an interesting YouTube video. Like those those speeded up sketching videos but with cutting out and making. Maybe next time.


First draft after fitting the parts together.

Here are some details from different viewpoints.


Next step - The shirt needs to be more like a tunic. He needs boots rather than shoes and I think I might make his upper body slightly larger.

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Gentleman Jack

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Gentleman Jack-Hammer has a hole to dig. Turn the handle to help him on his way.


Members and Patrons can download this paper animation kit for free at the link. Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50/$3.75

Print out the parts onto thin card. (230 micron / 67lb is about right) Notice that the first three sheets are printed double sided. Print out the page, flip it over and print out the other side on the back.

Score along all the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.

 


Making the Box

Fold up the box top and base as shown, note that they are glued slightly differently.


Fold and glue box sides making triangular tubes as shown.


The cam is made from double thickness card. Fold it over and glue it down. Once the glue is dry carefully cut it out.


Thread the cam onto the cam shaft and glue it into position.


Roll round and glue the various axle tube as accurately as possible.


Glue the two axle tubes into place using the grey lines for alignment.


Glue the four parts of the box together. Use the picture to ensure that they are arranged in the correct order.

 


Fold the box round and fit the cam shaft into place.


Glue the box closed.


Make the handle in three steps.


Glue the handle to the cam shaft.


Fold round and glue down the cam follower sides.


Glue the cam follower end into place as shown.


Glue on the push rod.


Thread the push rod up through the hole in the box top. Glue the other end of the cam follower to the back of the box.


Find a small coin - a UK Penny is perfect (20mm diameter 4g weight)

Wrap and off-cut of paper round it and then glue it to the inside of the box.


Fold found and glue the jack-hammer body. Glue in the support on the opposite side to the coin.


Close up and glue the jack-hammer.

Thread in the handle.

Glue the grey area on the push rod to the support inside the jack-hammer.


Roll round and glue the legs.


Assemble the shoes.


Glue the shoes to the legs.


Glue the two legs together. Glue the leg strap in place across the top of the legs.


Glue the feet to the box top.


Curve round and glue down the jacket.


Glue together the top hat.


Make sure you cut round the ears. Glue the nose to the grey area on the face.


Fit the hat to the head.


Score along the grey lines on the arms and crease them as shown.


Roll round and glue the neck inner then glue the collar into place.


Glue the back of the head to the top back of the neck.


Glue in the two body sides.


Trim away the excess from the bottom of the sides.


Glue the collar to the body.


Glue in the three tabs.


Thread in the neck and glue it into place onto the three tabs.


Glue the hands to the jack-hammer handle so that the creases in the arm are the same distance apart as the shoulders.


Complete the model by gluing the arms to the body.

Gentleman Jack-Hammer has a hole to dig. Turn the handle to help him on his way.


Members and Patrons can download this paper animation kit for free at the link. Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50/$3.75

Print out the parts onto thin card. (230 micron / 67lb is about right) Notice that the first three sheets are printed double sided. Print out the page, flip it over and print out the other side on the back.

Score along all the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.

 


Making the Box

Fold up the box top and base as shown, note that they are glued slightly differently.


Fold and glue box sides making triangular tubes as shown.


The cam is made from double thickness card. Fold it over and glue it down. Once the glue is dry carefully cut it out.


Thread the cam onto the cam shaft and glue it into position.


Roll round and glue the various axle tube as accurately as possible.


Glue the two axle tubes into place using the grey lines for alignment.


Glue the four parts of the box together. Use the picture to ensure that they are arranged in the correct order.

 


Fold the box round and fit the cam shaft into place.


Glue the box closed.


Make the handle in three steps.


Glue the handle to the cam shaft.


Fold round and glue down the cam follower sides.


Glue the cam follower end into place as shown.


Glue on the push rod.


Thread the push rod up through the hole in the box top. Glue the other end of the cam follower to the back of the box.


Find a small coin - a UK Penny is perfect (20mm diameter 4g weight)

Wrap and off-cut of paper round it and then glue it to the inside of the box.


Fold found and glue the jack-hammer body. Glue in the support on the opposite side to the coin.


Close up and glue the jack-hammer.

Thread in the handle.

Glue the grey area on the push rod to the support inside the jack-hammer.


Roll round and glue the legs.


Assemble the shoes.


Glue the shoes to the legs.


Glue the two legs together. Glue the leg strap in place across the top of the legs.


Glue the feet to the box top.


Curve round and glue down the jacket.


Glue together the top hat.


Make sure you cut round the ears. Glue the nose to the grey area on the face.


Fit the hat to the head.


Score along the grey lines on the arms and crease them as shown.


Roll round and glue the neck inner then glue the collar into place.


Glue the back of the head to the top back of the neck.


Glue in the two body sides.


Trim away the excess from the bottom of the sides.


Glue the collar to the body.


Glue in the three tabs.


Thread in the neck and glue it into place onto the three tabs.


Glue the hands to the jack-hammer handle so that the creases in the arm are the same distance apart as the shoulders.


Complete the model by gluing the arms to the body.

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Paper Trump. Tremendous!

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Love him or hate him you'll love this tremendous model of Trump I just published on the Instructables website.

Check it out and download for free here.

Huge!

Love him or hate him you'll love this tremendous model of Trump I just published on the Instructables website.

Check it out and download for free here.

Huge!

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Boombox Penguin

£2.00

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Say what you will, there really is nothing quite like a penguin holding a boom box in the air with his flippers.

This model is inspired by a vision I woke up to a couple of days ago. The subconscious is a weird thing. Members and Patrons can download the model at the link for free, thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2 / $3

It is all pretty straightforward to put together this delightful papertoy so let's get started.


Print out the parts onto a single sheet of thin card. Score along the dotted and dashed lines the carefully cut out the parts.


Fold up and glue the boom box.


Fold over and glue down the handle to make a double thickness card. Once the glue is dry carefully cut the handle out.


Glue the handle the top of the box to complete it.


Making the penguin.

The wings and feet are made from double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down. Once the glue is dry on these parts and cut them out.


Starting from the back, glue the sides to the body two or three tabs at a time.


Leave the base flap un-glued for now.


Glue on the beak.


Add the eyes.


Glue the wings to the boom box.


Glue the wings to the body.


Fold up and glue down the base. Complete the model by gluing on the feet.


Ta daa!

Say what you will, there really is nothing quite like a penguin holding a boom box in the air with his flippers.

This model is inspired by a vision I woke up to a couple of days ago. The subconscious is a weird thing. Members and Patrons can download the model at the link for free, thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2 / $3

It is all pretty straightforward to put together this delightful papertoy so let's get started.


Print out the parts onto a single sheet of thin card. Score along the dotted and dashed lines the carefully cut out the parts.


Fold up and glue the boom box.


Fold over and glue down the handle to make a double thickness card. Once the glue is dry carefully cut the handle out.


Glue the handle the top of the box to complete it.


Making the penguin.

The wings and feet are made from double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down. Once the glue is dry on these parts and cut them out.


Starting from the back, glue the sides to the body two or three tabs at a time.


Leave the base flap un-glued for now.


Glue on the beak.


Add the eyes.


Glue the wings to the boom box.


Glue the wings to the body.


Fold up and glue down the base. Complete the model by gluing on the feet.


Ta daa!

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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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Platonic Bird Prototype

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The Next Platonic Friend.

I'm working on a series of five models based on the five platonic solids The tetrahedron is the platonic solid with the fewest faces. Each of the the four faces is an equilateral triangle. I made up a tetrahedron from the Platonic Solids set here and spent a morning rotating it round in my hand trying to visualise which Platonic Friend it could be converted into. Here's what I came up with, the prototype Platonic Bird.


I had originally made the legs from a single layer of flat card but found that they weren't able to support the weight of the body. Instead I have gone for laminated legs. I shaped one layer in the shape that I wanted bending the leg at the knee and ankle. I thn glued a second layer of card onto the first keeping the knee and ankle bends. I then set the preshaped piece aside for the glue to dry. I might end up using a third layer on the final version but for now two layers seems to work fine. Once the glue was completely dry I cut out the outline of the leg and glued it to the body. I then glued another another piece to the foot and cut out the rear toe. All it all it was an interesting exercise in paper engineering and more to the point, it worked!

Next step. I'll scan the parts into the computer and finalise the design then I'll add some colour and pattern.

The Next Platonic Friend.

I'm working on a series of five models based on the five platonic solids The tetrahedron is the platonic solid with the fewest faces. Each of the the four faces is an equilateral triangle. I made up a tetrahedron from the Platonic Solids set here and spent a morning rotating it round in my hand trying to visualise which Platonic Friend it could be converted into. Here's what I came up with, the prototype Platonic Bird.


I had originally made the legs from a single layer of flat card but found that they weren't able to support the weight of the body. Instead I have gone for laminated legs. I shaped one layer in the shape that I wanted bending the leg at the knee and ankle. I thn glued a second layer of card onto the first keeping the knee and ankle bends. I then set the preshaped piece aside for the glue to dry. I might end up using a third layer on the final version but for now two layers seems to work fine. Once the glue was completely dry I cut out the outline of the leg and glued it to the body. I then glued another another piece to the foot and cut out the rear toe. All it all it was an interesting exercise in paper engineering and more to the point, it worked!

Next step. I'll scan the parts into the computer and finalise the design then I'll add some colour and pattern.

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First of the Platonic Friends

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This twelve faced regular solid is a dodecahedron. It is one of the five Platonic solids. Starting with this shape I'm planning a series of five paper toys called the Platonic Friends.


Here's number one, the Platonic Elephant.


The download includes three versions, two patterned and one plain for your own decorations.

Members and Patrons can download the file from the shop for free, thanks for your support! Non members can join in the fun for £2.00 / $3.00 USD

This twelve faced regular solid is a dodecahedron. It is one of the five Platonic solids. Starting with this shape I'm planning a series of five paper toys called the Platonic Friends.


Here's number one, the Platonic Elephant.


The download includes three versions, two patterned and one plain for your own decorations.

Members and Patrons can download the file from the shop for free, thanks for your support! Non members can join in the fun for £2.00 / $3.00 USD

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Paper Ninja, Late Stage Prototype

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For a while now I've been planning on making a Paper Ninja for all you Paper Ninja's to download and make. Time to put that idea into practice!

Here's a late version, in this case made from blue card. I have all the parts layed out - just need to colour the design and take assembly photographs. The final version will most likely be black with an uncoloured version included in the downlad file. I'm hoping to finish it off and post it tomorrow.

For a while now I've been planning on making a Paper Ninja for all you Paper Ninja's to download and make. Time to put that idea into practice!

Here's a late version, in this case made from blue card. I have all the parts layed out - just need to colour the design and take assembly photographs. The final version will most likely be black with an uncoloured version included in the downlad file. I'm hoping to finish it off and post it tomorrow.

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Stanley Clause

£2.00

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Stanley Claus: Santa's younger brother. Stanley takes care of the New Year after Santa has finished his shift. Members can download and make Stanley for free at the link - thanks for signing up. Non-members can join in the fun for £2.00


There are two versions of the model, coloured and uncoloured. Print out the version of your choice onto thin card. 230gsm/67lb


Before cutting out the parts score along all the dotted and dashed lines and cut round the nose and the ears.


The antlers are double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down before carefully cutting them out. Make sure you don't glue the tabs together.


Curve round the four sections of the head and glue them together.


Glue the antlers to the marked areas on the top of the head.


Glue the beard into place.


Glue the 'tache to the underside of the nose.


Gently curve round the body in preparation for gluing.


Glue the body.


Roll round and glue the legs.


Glue the legs together


Curve the arms.


Glue the arms into the shoulder holes in the body.


Glue the legs to the feet.


Glue the legs to the body lining up the top of the leg tab to the bottom of the arm hole.


Complete the model by threading the head tabs into the body slots. there is no need to use glue for this stage, leaving it i=unglued allows you to move the head changing the pose slightly.


Stanley Clauses!

Stanley Claus: Santa's younger brother. Stanley takes care of the New Year after Santa has finished his shift. Members can download and make Stanley for free at the link - thanks for signing up. Non-members can join in the fun for £2.00


There are two versions of the model, coloured and uncoloured. Print out the version of your choice onto thin card. 230gsm/67lb


Before cutting out the parts score along all the dotted and dashed lines and cut round the nose and the ears.


The antlers are double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down before carefully cutting them out. Make sure you don't glue the tabs together.


Curve round the four sections of the head and glue them together.


Glue the antlers to the marked areas on the top of the head.


Glue the beard into place.


Glue the 'tache to the underside of the nose.


Gently curve round the body in preparation for gluing.


Glue the body.


Roll round and glue the legs.


Glue the legs together


Curve the arms.


Glue the arms into the shoulder holes in the body.


Glue the legs to the feet.


Glue the legs to the body lining up the top of the leg tab to the bottom of the arm hole.


Complete the model by threading the head tabs into the body slots. there is no need to use glue for this stage, leaving it i=unglued allows you to move the head changing the pose slightly.


Stanley Clauses!

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Reindeer

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Paper Reindeer and Tree - A little gift for all my lovely subscribers :-) Papertoy Reindeer for members to cut out and make. Print out and make this festive project as a table decoration or as a paper character. Match it with an Essential Mechanism to bring it to life!

Print out the parts onto thin card. Score along the dotted and dashed lines then cut the parts out.


Fold over the legs and glue them down to make double thickness card.


Carefully cut along the thicker parts of the lines at the top of the legs, You need only cut small arches to give the legs a 3D look in the finished model.


Carefully cut the body out.


Make the head from double thickness card.


Glue the body inner to the inside of one side of the body


Gently curve the body round and glue it to the other side of the body inner.


Glue the neck into place.


Glue the head to the neck tab lining it up as shown.


Ta daa!


Glue the three parts of the tree together as shown. Glue the tree to the circular base.


Looking good! Next I'll be publishing the parts for a three cam box perfect for mounting the reindeer to.

You might want to make three reindeer to be ready!

Download: 
reindeer.pdf (949.72 KB)

Paper Reindeer and Tree - A little gift for all my lovely subscribers :-) Papertoy Reindeer for members to cut out and make. Print out and make this festive project as a table decoration or as a paper character. Match it with an Essential Mechanism to bring it to life!

Print out the parts onto thin card. Score along the dotted and dashed lines then cut the parts out.


Fold over the legs and glue them down to make double thickness card.


Carefully cut along the thicker parts of the lines at the top of the legs, You need only cut small arches to give the legs a 3D look in the finished model.


Carefully cut the body out.


Make the head from double thickness card.


Glue the body inner to the inside of one side of the body


Gently curve the body round and glue it to the other side of the body inner.


Glue the neck into place.


Glue the head to the neck tab lining it up as shown.


Ta daa!


Glue the three parts of the tree together as shown. Glue the tree to the circular base.


Looking good! Next I'll be publishing the parts for a three cam box perfect for mounting the reindeer to.

You might want to make three reindeer to be ready!

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