25 January 2008

Indian Peafowl Papercraft - Canon 3D

An update to the Canon 3D papercraft site, this beautiful looking papercraft bird that you're looking at is an Indian peafowl. Description by Canon 3D:

"The Indian peafowl is the national bird of India, and can be found mainly in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other areas of south Asia. The male, known as the peacock, has large, brightly-colored feathers, which he displays to attract females (peahens) during courtship in spring. Peacock feathers are a beautiful iridescent blue, making them popular for use in artwork. Peafowl are also considered very useful birds to keep as they eat poisonous insects and snakes."

Peafowl Papercraft [Canon 3D]

For The Serious Papercraft Collector

List of paper model kits inside. I went through eBay last night and here's what I found, these are some of the legit paper model kits that you can acquire today.

Lineage 2 Female Elf Warrior

Ultraman Series - Red King


Mazinger Z


24 January 2008

Romulan Bird-of-Prey Paper Model - eBay

Due to our recent post on the paper model scams on eBay, my email got bombarded with requests for me to point out the sellers that are doing the scams. I want to clarify that the post was just for awareness and not to start a crusade on outing each and everyone of the scammers. Another request was for me to post legit auction items relating to paper model books and kits. I thought about it and I think it's a good idea although I've got a few notes to make.

  • I'm only going to post items that I'm familiar with or items that I already have in my collection.
  • I can't be 100% sure if a particular auction listing is legit, I can only tell a scam if it's pretty obvious . You would still have to do the detective work like checking out seller feedback or contacting the seller for any questions that you have.
  • I won't be able to search through eBay's listings all the time because of my regular work, so if you see any listing that looks good and you have doubts about it, email it to me and I'll check it out.
So with that in mind, here's our first eBay listing: This one is for the Trekkies, scifi junkies, and papercraft collectors out there, it's a Star Trek paper model featuring the Romulan Bird-of-Prey spacecraft. I have this in my collection, this one usually comes with another kit featuring the Starship Enterprise paper model but I guess this one doesn't have it. It's an old school type design, that means no cutting involved, the book is pre-scored so you'll just have to pop out the pattern and add glue to assemble it. The type of paper used is stiff and glossy, perfect for that display finish look. The book was published in 1997. Good luck and happy bidding!

Star Trek Romulan Bird of Prey [eBay]

Nissan Motors Papercraft Cars

Nissan is one of the top three major Japanese automakers in Japan alongside Toyota and Honda, and like any other big name brand in Japan, they have their very own papercraft section on their web site. Today we'll showcase the official Nissan Motors papercraft cars which includes sedans, coupes, convertibles, sports cars, race/rally cars, vans, mini-vans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), pickup trucks, hybrids, prototypes and concepts. They've got all the types of cars covered and has an impressive 83 paper models in their collection. These Nissan papercraft cars were designed by Yutaka Mori and each cars' pattern has three options for you to choose from, there's the regular colored pattern in PDF format, the no-color PDF pattern for printing on colored paper, and a GIF file.

I've tested a few, it was really very easy and the results are very nice. I would highly recommend to this to those starting out with papercrafts. There's not much cutting on the inside of the pattern, just mostly on the outlines. Beginners can breeze through 3 to 5 of these models and come out feeling accomplished - ready to move on to more complicated ones and consider themselves a graduate of beginners school. Give it a try!

Nissan Paper Cars - [Nissan Motors Japan]
Nissan Paper Cars - [Translated Jap-Eng]
Yutaka Mori Profile - [Nigensha]

22 January 2008

Papercraft Beware!

This quick post is specifically for people that are new to papercrafts, so read on. Majority (97%) of the paper models you see on this site are free, and all of them are downloadable from the internet, there are a few that are not and I do mention it if you need to buy them. I like things that are free, so it saddens me to see people getting tricked in to paying for stuff that is readily available to them at no cost whatsoever, all they have to do is Google it. We'll just show an example of a scammer trying to cash in on free papercraft patterns from the net

This post came about when I received an email from reader vehbelfets, she requested for me to check out a link to an eBay seller who's selling papercrafts to see if it was a good deal. So I followed the link to check it out and this is what I saw.

I captured a screenshot just in case the seller decides to close the items early. We're not going to mention the sellers name but we'll just refer to them as Company KXM. They described themselves as an international online-based e-trading company (yeah right), and they're selling a lot of papercraft models (that are free for downloading on the net) alongside some legit items?

I browsed through their eBay listings and clicked on item number: 150207003516, well use this for our example. It's 21 Neon Genesis Evangelion papercrafts in ebook format, what's wrong with that? I noticed that majority of the paper models are from the Webdude, which we've featured here on our site many times and as we all know, the Webdude's models are always free - as in, go to his site and download it there for free.

The KXM company also tries to protect themselves by stating that they are "not" the owner of the the goods that are being sold on their eBay page but instead acts only on behalf of the "real" seller, again, yeah right.

There are a lot more others like this on eBay and other popular online auction sites, so beware of their presence. What's the point of all this? I just wanted to advice you to do your homework before parting ways with your greens. But if some of you want to pay for something free, then good luck to that.

And what about vehbelfets? I've told her that the listings are no good and pointed her to the right place.

Chinese Zodiac Papercraft - HP(Hewlett-Packard)

The Chinese New Year papercrafts is a very popular one, we've posted several links to various designers and their creations for the past couple of weeks and it seems that there could be more coming. New content is available from the HP (Hewlett Packard) site, you might remember them as the one that brought us the Shrek papercraft a while back, now they've got their own version of the Chinese Zodiac papercraft. So far there's only 4 paper models available, which includes the dragon, pig, tiger and rat - there's no mention of the other zodiacs so we'll just keep you updated when and if they add them. You might want to also check out related posts such as post1, post2, and post3.

HP Chinese Zodiac Papercraft - [Download Page]

21 January 2008

Chinese Zodiac Papercraft Boxes - Kutchuk

Simple papercraft boxes with the Chinese Zodiac theme, very good for beginners and kids. Straight from Paris, France - Marie-Hélène Visconti from Kutchuk.com just dropped by and informed us that they have these fun papercrafts for celebrating the Chinese New Year. Some other related posts include this one from Ryo and this other one from Injan.

Chinese Zodiac - [via Kutchuk.com]