03 July 2007

Davinci Code Papercraft Cryptex



Are you a fan of Dan Brown? you know, the guy that wrote the bestselling novel "Angels and Demons" and more recently the very controversial "The Davinci Code"? Are you interested in cryptography, keys, codes? Today we have the papercraft model (replica) of Dan Browns' "cryptex", which was mentioned in his book and also used in the blockbuster movie of the same name starring Tom Hanks.

"The word cryptex is a neologism coined by the author Dan Brown for his 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, denoting a portable vault used to hide secret messages. It is a combination of the words cryptology and codex; "an apt title for this device" since it uses "the science of cryptology to protect information written on the contained scroll or codex" – although actually a "codex" is a term for early forms of what would now be called a "book", as opposed to a rolled "scroll". It is claimed in the novel that the original design came from the secret diaries of Leonardo da Vinci. In reality, there is no record of him having designed such a device". - wikipedia

This should keep you busy for the week, have a safe and fun 4th of July.

Update: Some naughty people have edited the version that we've shown before but now we've confirmed that this papercraft model was designed by Deutsch papercrafter Skubu and he has presented us with a better quality version, in other words, the original pattern. Dankt Skubu!

Davinci Code Papercraft Cryptex [via mediafire]


34 comments:

  1. No instructions. You made this, yes? Is it a hard one? The cutting and glueing look easy enough, how about assembly?

    Jason

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  2. It's now updated with instructions. I didn't make the pattern, but I did assemble it. Is it a hard one? No, cutting was not a problem and assembly was quite easy.

    Have Fun!

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  3. just saw this one, i love it. Im a big dan brown fan and im still upset i didnt win that cryptex giveaway during their web promo were you have to answer some questions about the book. i can consider this my consolation, LOL

    nice work, thanks again for all the good models you've shown me, its been inspiring. BTW, on the first pic, is that the "key" word to unlock the cryptex? funny as hell :)

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  4. oh, and dont forget to go to www.funnyordie.com for some hilarious videos

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  5. awesome papercraft, 'm a big brown fan and this is just sweet!

    hey will, thought id tell you that i too was upset coz i also did not win any prize on the contest. if i didnt win then it must be rigged, lol

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  6. thanks and nice work

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  7. truly amazing work, this must have taken forever to finish

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  8. Wonderful work with paper! Very genial yor kriptex too. Congratulations.

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  9. I love all the paper models you have on here and Ive made a bunch of them recently. I was wondering if you have any idea where or if there are any disney princess making instructions?

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  10. outstanding work as always, thank you

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  11. Nice to see MY! cryptex at PaperKraft.net

    First posted at /po/ on 4Chan.org

    This PDF has less quality than my jpg's and someone (maybe Gil St. John) delete my Name from the pattern.

    Hope Ron can edit his post with the editors name (Skubu).
    I would be pleased ^^


    Skubu

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  12. Here si the link to the better original:
    http://rapidshare.com/files/41803370/Cryptex_by_Skubu.zip.html

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  13. @skubu

    Send me an email so we can clear this thing up, I've emailed Mr. St. John and he's pointing me to another site where he got it from. I always try to credit the "original" poster, right now I don't know which is which since somebody else is trying to claim it as their work.

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  14. Thanks, Ron
    Funny idea to use german comments^^

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  15. Hi there
    Just stumbled across this paper version - it looks good.
    If you want to see another more substantial version of this great item then look at this link http://www.thegoodgift.co.uk/gift001/cryptic.html

    Keep up the good work.
    regards
    Colin

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  16. that's an interesting toy, thanks for sharing

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  17. by any chance can anyone post it on mediafire or something ?

    rs have something against my country ISP or something ><"

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  18. @globe

    done, I've switched it to mediafire

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  19. a million thanks ron =]

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  20. hi..may i know what size should i print each page on?

    please advise thanks =)

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  21. If 100% overlaps or cuts the picture, I usually just use the "Fit to Paper" option under the Page Scaling option.

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  22. so i print on A4 or A3?

    i tried on A4 it was hard to paste and all..=(

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  23. the one pictured above was printed on A4

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  24. hey did u use paper or card? i tryed making one, but it just fell apart and looked bad. i did it twise but it still turned out bad, and i didn't quite get the instructions. hey could u do a step by step tutorial?

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  25. how long did it take you to make the whole thing?

    how did you make it so neat and tidy?! lol my one fell apart and it took me like 4 hours!

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  26. @Jess

    It's all due to practice - I've had lots of it ^^
    Been doing papercrafts since the 80s

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  27. ich danke dir skubu :D
    wirklich gute arbeit!

    ...gonna try that one out^^

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  28. is it possible to have the instructions without having to download them?

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  29. uhm how do i get the instructions..reply plz



    tHat is so cooL!

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  30. @daniel_rivera1997
    yes it does

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  31. Ron, what paper kind did you use and what would be more suitable for this kind of model?

    I thought about 160 g/m. 200 g/m seems too much.

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  32. @Isaac Nordström

    I always use 200gsm for ALL the papercrafts that I assemble (110lb cardstock here in the US). But 160 gsm would also be good for this.

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