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A 3 Pyramid Puzzle

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I came across this puzzle in Arthur C Clarke's novel "The Ghost of the Grand Banks". In one of the several sub-stories the young daughter of some very bright parents gets into trouble at school. Then came the second puzzle - if you join 1 tetrahedron and 1 square based pyramid (whose triangular faces are also equilateral triangles) how many faces are left? All the kids answered 7! (4 + 5 -2), except for the girl in question, who said 5. She refused to retract her answer, and was accused of stubbornness and just being plain difficult. A letter was sent home. MORE...

A Circle Cutter is so very useful for paper modelling

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Trying to make wheels for paper models is quite difficult. It needs a very good set of scissors, a steady hand and a good eye to cut out accurate circles. After a number of attempts with only poor results I went hunting for a circle cutter and found this one on eBay The make is Hobbico, and here is the web-site http://www.hobbico.com/tools/hcar0230.html MORE...

An Elephant and an Owl from Yamaha

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Here are two animal models in folded and glued paper (actually thin card, 200 grams per square metre, about twice as thick as normal photocopy paper). These and many more are available as free downloads from Yamaha's web-site. Yamaha bikes and scooters too, and the quality is excellent. MORE...

A Paper Pyramid Map of the Earth

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A Tetrahedron wanting to be a Sphere! This site has some remarkable downloadable "globes", some cubic, some icosahedral, and the simplest being tetrahedral, ie, a triangular based pyramid, with all faces being equilateral triangles. MORE...

A Paper Sushi Lunch

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I'd heard of the lacquered sushi food boxes ("bento" box ???) so when I saw this paper model I was instantly intrigued by it. http://paperm.jp/craft/food/obento/index.html MORE...

A Reindeer warming up for Christmas duties

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A Reindeer warming up for Christmas duties Here is a whimsical and animated paper model I found on the web at http://www.zuko.to/kobo/down-f/deer.html - it's in Japanese, but Google translation does a fair job. The creator of this model has some for-sale models as well, including some more and equally brilliant animations. MORE...

Benjamin Franklin's Folding Paper Ink Tray

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I've forgotten where I heard of this one, but my idea is Ben Franklin invented this as a disposable ink tray in his printing business. As a printer he probably had his fair share of scrap paper to use up. I can't find anything on Google, but if anyone knows whether Franklin did invent it, or who else did, please let me know. Its not essential, but a square gives good final proportions MORE...

Bugatti Type 35

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The Type 35 was, according to Wikipedia, the most successful racing car of all time, winning over 1000 races. They were designed by Ettore Bugatti of France in the 1920s. Notable features were a small straight eight engine with roller bearings for the crankshaft allowing 6000 rpm, very high for the time, alloy wheels with integral drum brakes, a hollow tubular steel front axle (to reduce the unsprung weight - most cars then had heavy forged "I" beam front axles) and one of the most beautiful two-seater bodies ever designed. The racing rules of the day required a second seat for the riding mechanic. Bugatti happily sold the cars to anyone that wanted (and could afford one). Here is a fairly simple paper model I downloaded from http://www.ypsfanpage.de/php/basteldl.php?bogen=288 MORE...

Citroen 2CV

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This is a fascinating and quirky car, France's answer to the VW just after the war, designed to carry the French farmer and his family and 100Kg of goods across the dreadful French country roads. It also could cross a ploughed field without breaking eggs in a basket on the front seat. The first ones produced had only 9 brake horsepower from their little 2 cylinder motor, and a top speed of about 40 MPH, unless going down hill. However, they did get about 60 MPG, which was no doubt well received in post-war France. Later models had bigger engines and about 30 BHP. MORE...

Classic Willys Jeep - Paper Model

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This is a very detailed model from http://www.scribd.com/doc/2627427/Jeep-MB-1941-Willys-Paper-Model The parts are very precisely printed, but the wording is all in Spanish. I thought I could work out everything but hit a few snags - in hindsight I should have used an on-line translator or dictionary to at least get the part names in English. Still, it turned out pretty well. MORE...

Construction Hints for the Paper-model of the Voison Laboratoire Racing Car

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Daihatsu Midget Three-wheeled Micro Truck, Paper Model

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Three wheeled micro trucks were very popular in the immediate post-WW2 years, being cheap to make and own, and small and nimble enough for getting around the tiny streets of many older towns and cities. They are still popular today in Europe (think here of the Piaggio Ape), India and Asia (think of the Indian Bajaj and the Tuk-tuks). MORE...

Dirkon Paper Pinhole Camera - and it works!

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What do you give to a colleague who is leaving work after many years, is a camera enthusiast, and I enjoy making quirky paper models? Obviously a paper model camera! I went hunting and found a free plan on the Net. MORE...

Experimental Delta Recumbent Trike

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Recumbent = lying down (or at least sitting and leaning back). This results in increased comfort and reduced air drag and pedalling effort. Delta = a tricycle with 1 wheel at the front and two at the back. MORE...

Great and Glue-less Paper Car Models from Japan

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I made this one while on holiday at Nelson Bay, March 2010. These simple paper models are a useful pastime for holidays - very little to pack, and not much to bring home either. MORE...

Making Paper Squircle Fold-ups with ImageMagick

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Years ago I received some advertising from IBM, content now long forgotten. What intrigued me was the unusual, large, glossy, black, glue-less envelope it came in. I kept that envelope for many years. Its shape, when opened out, was a square with a semi-circle on each edge. MORE...

Old Mumbles

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Old Mumbles is a lighthouse near the Mumbles Rocks in Swansea Bay, South Wales. It was built in 1794 and lit by two coal-burning fires, to warn ships of the danger. The paper model pictured below was built from a free downloadable plan from http://www.papershipwright.co.uk/ MORE...

Schrodinger's Cat

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This is based on a famous thought experiment in quantum mechanics. If you want to know what it means, there is a good write up on Wikipedia. If you don't understand it, don't worry - I didn't either 8-(. I read about Einstein's theory of general relativity when I was younger, and did not understand that either. Lately I've made several attempts on Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" with the same result. This model is not a free download, but it was well worth the small cost. It is Schrodinger's famous cat hiding in a rubbish bin (being very unwilling to partake of an experiment with about a 50% chance of a dead-cat result!). The accuracy of the parts is excellent and it went together very well. The gears and cam are beautifully done. You can get it from MORE...

The And-Goat

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For Lucy, who understands such things >8-) Logic gates are the building blocks of microprocessors, of the personal computers we take for granted now. MORE...

US Civil War Mortar Boat

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Mortars are short distance high trajectory cannon designed for shooting over the walls of fortifications. In the US Civil War armoured barges like the model below were used to get the mortars within range. The paper model pictured below was built from a free downloadable plan from http://www.papershipwright.co.uk/index.html/ MORE...

Voison Laboratoire - Extra Pix

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Voison Laboratoire Racing Car

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Paper Model of a 1923 Voison Laboratoire Racing Car Last updated: $07 August 2017 MORE...

Volkswagen Micro-bus - Paper Model

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This is a model of a VW Micro-bus (not sure what vintage - my knowledge of years and models ends with the original Type 2, which I once owned). I downloaded it from http://bastelbogen-online.de/Bastelbogen/29.html and assembled it while on holiday a few years ago. Finally it sees the light of day, though the actual paper model has since succumbed to the waste paper basket. MORE...

Yes Indeedy!

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This is a download of a mechanical model "Yes Indeedy". It is a cute sheep that nods "Yes" whenever you ask it a Yes/No question and turn the crank handle. MORE...


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