Sunday, December 12, 2010

Papercraft Mario final stage:

Templates are done! I always use the part numbers as the (recommended) build order, and I try to position the parts on the sheets in such a way that you can (kinda) see how they should be put together.

It may take an extra sheet, but I think it can help a lot when building a new paper model. Some additional arrows and markings offer some extra reference, but now it's time for the final build and full instructions!

Stay tuned!


  1. teeny tiny mario? how does the hat connect to the head? i can't see a cover piece, so is the hat just open at the bottom?

  2. Haha well I put the six sheets together in one preview image, the final version will be bigger of course. ;o)

    The hat is open at the bottom, and will be glued to the top of the head which does have a cover piece.

    I think it will be better that way, because no matter how hard you try, cover pieces will never be completely flat, and if you try to glue two not-flat pieces on top of eachother, the connection will never be perfect.

    But if one of them doesn't have a cover piece, you can "cheat" a bit by making the non-covered piece follow the shape of the covered piece exactly, so it should look better. ;o)

    Because the shapes are the same, you could trace the cover piece for the head and make one for the hat too if you really want to, but don't forget to put the glueing tabs in the right places! ;o)

  3. Hey could do so in letter size I'm from America, and here no there is much A4 paper.

  4. Like all my other models too, I will only release Mario in an ISO A4 template, sorry...

    This will probably mean that your Mario will be a little bit smaller because US letter paper is a little less tall.

    Make sure the printer settings won't distort the image (width and height should be scaled the same of course) and it shouldn't be a problem to print ISO A4 models on US letter paper. ;o)

  5. Thanks, I'm glad you do! I hope it will be fun to build! ;o)

  6. Bonjour cest normal quil ny a pas les traits de plie sur les piece ?? Comment savoir comment plier et ou

    1. Some papercraft models I made (especially from older video games for example) are very "blocky" and those have many fold lines. Paper Mario 3D however is a "smoother" papercraft, which is more round: instead of making a lot of sharp folds, most parts have to be curved.

      But still, there are plenty of parts that you have to fold! For my later papercrafts, I chose the fold lines in such a colours that when you print them, they blend in a bit with the part colours (so that I didn't have to make two versions with and without lines ;o)

      So on the printed sheets, the fold lines can be very difficult to see...! If that is the case, open the PDF file on your computer, and there you should be able to see the fold lines, and which way you should fold them (up or down; sometimes it's still difficult to see, but on the computer you can zoom in so make sure you don't miss any fold lines or the parts won't fit! ;o)

      The technique to build a papercraft where it's difficult to see the fold lines is the same as building a papercraft where there are no fold lines at all, by referencing with the PDF file of the lined version, I made a tutorial about it earlier:

      I hope this helps!


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