What is papercraft?
Papercraft, also called card models or paper models, are models constructed mainly from sheets of heavy paper, paperboard, or card stock.
This may be considered a broad category that contains origami and card modeling. Origami is the process of making a paper model by folding paper without using glue. Card modeling is making scale models from sheets of cardstock on which the parts were printed, usually in full color. These pieces would be cut out, folded, scored and glued together. They are generally more popular in Europe and Japan than in the United States.
How to make papercraft?
The images are made by unfolding a 3D computer graphic into 2D using
Pepakura, a program designed specifically for papercraft, or Ultimate Papercraft 3D. These 3D images are either made by graphic softwares, or taken indirectly from the video game. A few models are hand drawn using trial and error.
What tools and materials do you need?
Here is a list what you will need, please check: Paper Model Tools and Materials.
What’s so great about papercraft?
Papercraft is an inexpensive hobby that requires planning and hand-eye coordination. Many model hobbyists became attracted to papercraft because it offers a greater variety of free and difficult models to build.
Categories of Paper Crafts, Paper Models, Paper Toys and Origami?
There are so many papercraft subjects, that accurate classification seems to be a very difficult job, so the categories are based on the paper model themes (such as: Gundam, anime and manga, mecha and robot, vehicles, airplane / aircrafts, origami, military, games, movies, etc.), but you can use tags / labels for more detailed categories or themes (for exsample, you can click on the tag "Tank" for many Tank Paper Models). Of course, you can also use the search function to find the paper model which you want to get.
Tips: You can search paper crafts using combination of keywords (theme, name, scale, etc.), such as "SD Gundam GAT-X105 Strike", "1:72 World War II SU-76 tank", "Marvel Avengers Cube Hulk"...
I am a designer and I would like to submit my papercraft!
Please check the Submission Guidelines, and we look forward to and welcome you to upload your designs!
Is it free?
Yes! They are free of charge! You can download it and print to build by yourself.
I do not know how to do!
Check the Beginners Guide, it has information about how to do papercraft.
Some .pdo files missing left/right parts?
Some templates seem missing left or right side, you could Mirror Print them. To print the mirror image of a document (You can also search "Mirror Print" within google, bing or other SE):
WINDOWS Operating System
- Open the file you want to print.
- On the File menu, select Print.
- Click Properties.
- Click the Layout tab, then select Print mirror image.
- Click OK.
- Click OK.
- In Apple Preview, open the file you want to print.
- On the Tools menu, select Flip Horizontal.
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