Monday, November 29, 2010

Mario papercraft test build #1 !

And so Mario's first test build is a fact! ;o)

My test builds are always quite "quick 'n' dirty", but it's enough to see what it will look like when finished, and which parts prove troublesome and need to be changed.

I'm pretty happy with the basic shape of Mario's body and how it came together, but I do plan on changing some things a bit, most notably the shoes. ;o)

Next on the list to be test built is Mario's head, stay tuned!


  1. Very nice work! it's big or little? I can't wait!!

  2. This test build is turning out quite small, smaller than I think would be a nice size... ;o)

    So I will make the final version a bit bigger (about 20 cm in total).

  3. any chance of a fully lined version too? There is a bit at his right knee that looks a bit screwy. Good model so far. Could you turn on the overflow paint in pepa so as to save some people the trouble of edge colouring?

  4. Mario will be an SLM ("smooth look model" ;o) so you don't have to fold most parts really.

    All the parts that do need to be folded, will have fold lines on the templates. I will try to blend them in a bit with the part's colours, though, so sometimes you will probably have to check the PDF version (because after printing, the fold lines often blend in even more).

    I think I will edge colour the final version of Mario myself too, but of course the main reason for edge colouring is because of the white edges of the paper that you get from cutting it; and there's really nothing you can do about that, except taking your coloured marker after cutting out the parts (overflow doesn't print the inside of the paper, of course ;o)

    (the best way is to use coloured paper of course, but that doesn't work so well with textured models - on "blank" models it's great, though! ;o)

    Personally, I like to colour the bottom of the glueing tabs too (that's what overflow does) but of course if you *shouldn't* be able to see any white from those anyway, because they *should* get covered up by the other parts... ;o)

    But sometimes it's easy to mess up a bit of course, so just to be safe I usually colour them too; with the overflow feature of Pepakura Designer 3, though, it's
    sometimes not clear anymore where the part ends and the glueing tab begins, especially on a mainly lineless model, so to me it's more trouble than it's worth... (link)

    But I don't think you should worry too much about "messing up" or stuff like that, you'll only worry yourself. ;o) I'm sure that if you take your time and have fun, you can build any paper model you want with excellent quality!

  5. I agree with Ninjatoes I once built a papercraft with overflow and there were lots of parts that I was like wtf they don't fit together any way I look at it?? Turns out most of them weren't parts but glue flaps...

  6. Overflow is not a totally useless feature but it is definately overrated. It solves a problem that's not a problem and creates a new one. And designers turn it on because they think it's cool but they don't look at what happens to the parts.

  7. And if you use it in a papercraft with lines and you don't glue the parts correctly on the flaps, you get a black line instead of a white line lol.......

  8. Well, you can give the fold lines a colour to blend in with the parts of course (the image I made was just a quick example so I didn't colour them) but in the end, like so many things with papercraft models, it's really a personal choice: some people like to use the overflow feature, and others like to colour the glueing tabs by hand (or not at all ;o)

    But in my experience, people are sometimes so afraid of "messing up" and seeing imperfections that they forget to have fun!

    I think that if you don't force yourself to rush it, or try and force yourself to do a *perfect* job, you will have a fun time building your paper models, and you will really like them, even if they do show a white line or two. ;o)

  9. That's so true. d^_^


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