05 February 2008

Cute Papercraft Toys - Kamimodel

From paper engineer Tetsuya Watabe's Kamimodel web site, we bring you his version of designer papercraft called ROMMY Sloth Paper Toys. There are currently four models on the site, but only 3 are available for free download. The first one is called "No. 02", then we have "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss", and finally "Manager XX".

What is a designer papercraft anyway?

If you don't know what a designer papercraft is, it's a description I call the simple and easy papercrafts that have a single pattern but is made to look like individually unique paper models by using various colors or textures to "re-color" or "re-paint" it, some patterns are even modified slightly. I've been seeing a surge in these kinds of paper models lately, and a majority of them coming from the graphic design and illustrator communities. There's an ongoing debate about the designer papercrafts real place within the papercraft community. Some like them and some don't. A lot of old-school papercrafters I know don't really like the idea of re-coloring the same pattern over-and-over, but I have a different take on it. I see these designer papercrafts as a good promotional tool to get new people to take up our craft and for beginners to easily developed their assembling techniques. Old-school papercrafters with their highly detailed paper models should not be worried about this at all, because eventually, the beginners that pick up this easy papercrafts would want to move on to something a bit more challenging.

Rommy Sloth Papercraft Toys [kamimodel]

Some good examples of designer papercrafts:

NiceBunny HedKase Papercraft
Pixtoyz Papercraft
Ninja Turtles Papercraft + Sonic and Knuckles
Devil May Cry Papercraft + Black Spidey


  1. I like the designer papercraft movement. A lot of times I just want to put something simple together while I'm at work and stuff like cubeecraft and readymech are fun and easy. Re-skinning models happens in toy lines, video games and come to think of it about every other media and product. Something as simple as changing a color can give an entirely new meaning to an object. It's interesting to me to see the divides amongst the papercraft community. Some don't like the designer stuff, some are very much against the Pepakura method of creating these models... I figure the more the merrier. If anything the variety of papercraft available just ensures that there is something for everyone.

  2. Thanks Ron for leaving a message on my blog. There's a reason why my e-mail address is not readily available as I have trouble with spam messages. Let me get back to you as I'm currently busy.

    Papercrafting as in making model is one of my many hobbies. At the moment, trying my hand at customizing models or templates. In the past I had designed and made some robot dinosaurs but they were basic and pretty bad.

    In general I don't mind whether the models were created in Pepakura or vector software just long they look good and not too difficult to make.

  3. @random poster
    we're definitely on the same page

    @no problem

  4. hi ron,
    i was wondering if you could send me rommy sloth paper toys pdfs because i just started to collect them and i only have the O2 and the rest are closed
    thank you very much
    my email is donkuku@gmail.com

  5. Can someone also send me some rommy. I only have the latest one but would really like to get as much as I can.


  6. Hello,

    Ron I was wondering if you had a heads up on the Rommy series. It seems to have stopped or at least been put on hold for some time now.

    I'm just wondering if you by chance know anything about their situation.


  7. how come you can only download 2 crafts? could you send me more printables? my email is graceylou60637@yahoo.com thanks

  8. hEllo!!! yOur bLog iT´s aMaizing!!! cOngratulations...

    i hAve a qUestion, tHere iS a wAy oF gEt tHe oTher rUmmy mOddels? tHere aRe sOo niCe bUt oNly hAve oNe.

    i sEnd yOu tHe bEst wHishes!!!

  9. You have to email the designer and ask for copies of his previous models


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