Simple Papermodel Ship Project

It has been quite a while since I built a papermodel ship.  The last one I made, I believe, was the Sikinami patrol boat which came out a little funky since I printed in on US letter paper and it was intended for A4

This time, I chose to build another patrol boat, but from a different part of the world.  In this case, Australia, a country surrounded with water, so it’s Navy must be on it’s toes.

Two pages of parts, 11 pages of instructions... eek!

Two pages of parts, 11 pages of instructions... eek!

The subject of this building is the Armidale class patrol boat, of which the Australian Navy has 12.  They are manned by a crew of 21 and have a range of 3,000 nm.  Not very large, but perfect for paper modeling.

This model has just two pages of parts, none of which appear too small, which indicates that this is not a highly detailed model.  However, there are 11 pages of instructions with it, so maybe this will be more complicated than it needs to be?  Well, you will just have to check back on my progress!

You can download the Armidale over here (there is also a submarine model available on the same page).

17MAY2010 – model is no longer available at the site above, looking for alternative download.  Sorry y’all! 

25nov2011 – Thorsten pointed out the download is available again. You can grab it here (PDF).

 

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Some Great Paper Model Ships

I have been a fan of paper models for a long time. My mom’s influence was paper model ships. While I really don’t like being on ships in the real world, I do enjoy building them from paper. Being on a tight budget, whenever a new free model is available, I get excited.  This is why having a directory of models is important.

I recently came across an awesome directory of paper model ships; Boats, Ships and Subs Paper Models.  Included are sites that feature some dioramas, including the Titanic and a houseboat.

The first link, Asuka Cruise Liner has a broken link, but you can find both models of the cruise ship here.

Papercraft: British Airways 747

Okay, this might make a great New Year’s Day project while trying to avoid the in-laws, but my track record for complex models is dismal. Anyway, when checking up on the Canon Papercraft site, I noticed a new 747 kit in British Airways livery.

With 14 pages of parts and some rather intricate cuts,  this is definitely not a beginner kit.  At the same site are links to their other “heavy metal” papercraft including an Airbus A320 and a Airbus A340.

Cheers!

Shedworking: A Great New Small Living Blog

For those of you who have been following the painfully slow development of my tool-shed living slash dog-trot paper model, you would know that I am fascinated by living efficiently in small spaces and have set a goal to own 200 acres, but live in a sub 1,000 square foot structure.   One day, I did a google search on small living, or something similar and stumbled upon Shedworking, A lifestyle guide for shedworkers.  While focused on those that work in sheds in the UK, the author offers a fascinating collection of “sheds” and the community that surrounds them.

I for one am inspired by the variety of designs and will use some of the ideas as inspiration as I develop my own “shed” design… something more along the lines a dog trot shed (or is its sheds, plural?).  I hope everyone else finds inspiration as well…

Happy Reading!

New Embraer Phenom Papermodel!

Looking to give your eyes a break from the monitor on a long virtual flight?  Tired of flying planes that don’t really exist in the material world?  Not a flightsim fan, but looking for a new papermodel project?  Well, PaperInside.com has the papermodel (cardmodel for those card people) for you.  Recently released is the Embraer Phenom 100 model consisting of three pages of parts and three pages of instructions.  The model comes with a stand, so if your good, you can show it off.  This one looks pretty simple (compared to Canon’s Starflyer A320 model) and should look good on anyone’s bookshelf.  Head on over and check it out.  If you like it, please leave a donation to make sure future become availalble.

If you are not into business jets, they also have an Embraer Super Tucano complete with missiles!  It is definitely not for the novice!

Happy cutting!

Papermodel “Dog Trot” Kit v0.2

I spent some time with my pencil, paper, and ruler and measured out a basic kit for the “dog trot” papermodel toolshed living unit I designed. I started typing this post offline, but before I knew it, it had exploded into a mini documentary of what sustainable living is and how this design fits into it. It was way too complex for what I wanted. I simply wanted to present the model, it being what it is. I even lightly colored the base paper with color pencil to show the ground layout; the brick along the front and down the “breezeway”, the black represents the parking area, and green is grass.

One thing I must note is that this design is NOT a dog trot living unit. A dog trot design has all rooms under a single roof, with the breezeway being half the width of the front rooms. Since the pictures below show three toolsheds, this is simply a dog trot inspired design.

DG_Front

The Front View

DG_FrontPers

The Front Perspective

DG_BckLft

The Back Left View

DG_bckRgt

The Back Right View

I have not decided if I will make this version of the model available. The roofs are currently not part of the kit and it looks rather rough. I think I might refine it some more before releasing it. If anyone is interested in such a kit, please leave a comment. It might inspire me to work harder on it!

Cheers!

Public Transportation, Papermodel Style!

Courtesy of the State Transit Authority of New South Wales, the papermodel community have three awesome public transit bus papermodels to fill time with.  There are three buses, two Mercedes Benz models and a newer Volvo.  They are single page kits and look impressive. I’ll post a picture once I get one put together…  in the mean time, you can take a gander at them over yonder. >>yonder<<