Introduction: 7FT Gundam - Ultimate Papercraft

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After burning my 4FT Freedom Gundam papercraft in 2010 I was determined to create a bigger and better replacement. This 7FT Gundam Mk-2 papercraft became the result of my goal, made up of 1250 parts on 720 pages, for a total paper weight of 10lb (4.5kg).

Using time-lapse photography, video editing and motion graphics, I created this video which shows the entire construction process as it happened over a course of three to four months.

My brother Ivan Lesko and I collaborated on creating a set of fantasy photographs for this project. Read Ivan's thoughts about the photography on his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Here's another time-lapse video which shows our photoshoot.

In this behind the scenes video I talk about my original idea, design process and equipment used for this project.

I launched this teaser video one month prior to revealing this project to the world.

For this and more, visit my website at

Thanks for viewing!


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guymelef (author)2011-11-20

Wow, this is really amazing! I'm also into papercraft, although I haven't tried doing an instructable yet. I'm sure you've already received lots of comments about this, but I hope you're planning to release the papercraft files, or at least direct us to where you got them.

Garry Ozols (author)guymelef2011-11-20

This is not an Instructable but rathewr a "Bragable"
There is no instruction on how we can replicate this, no mention of software used and sequence of construction.
Just an ad for his web site.
Great skills but nothing if any instructional value here.

I don't think you quite get this, Garry. The point of instructables is to inspire others to make things that you showcase by yourself. (DIY) In this case, he is showing people something that we all could do at home, showing how many pages, the height, and other things to explain how you could do it yourself. Some people might not see it that way, but I definitely got inspired to do a project like this someday.

Maybe I don't get it like you do but the name of the web site he posted this too does in fact have the word "Instruct: in it, might I recommend a good dictionary so you can look up the meaning of the word, after all it is not called "Inspireables"

Now there's a name for a website.

REA (author)2011-11-20

You NEED to make an instructible fo this! I want one for my room.

chefguru (author)REA2011-11-21

@REA - I think you missed the point (apparently, as has everyone else so far)... the advertising videos ARE his Instructable. Apparently, you're supposed to watch the videos he posted, and then magically absorb the knowledge you need to make one of them for yourself, because he obviously has no intention of sharing the files anyone else would need to make one of these for themselves.

Kiteman (author)chefguru2011-11-21

Dude, there's a "Be Nice" rule here.

(And it's a damn sight easier to "absorb the knowledge" from a video on the web than it is to follow the instructions of a prject that has not been published at all.)

visualspicer (author)Kiteman2011-11-21

Thank you Kiteman. It's a tough crowd here. It seems that a lot of people have a difficult time with simply absorbing and enjoying the creativity.

If y'all want instructions like this, go to TheRFP website:

There you'll find how people made props for movies.

There is a download for this here, but it's behind a paywall for a 'Pro' membership.

Weddg (author)visualspicer2013-08-29

It sure is a tough crowd when you obviously don't understand that this sight is called "Instructables" for a reason...besides,,,this is the easiest Gundam to do and when you enlarge it from a normal papercraft size it becomes even easier to do,,,nothing talented here and there is no creativity when "YOU" did not create Gundam,,,you should share the plans and answer the questions for the people asking or take this down,,,that is all

Kiteman (author)visualspicer2011-11-21

They aren't a "crowd", they're a very small mob, and far from representative of the proper membership.

Interesting to note, of those moaning that you have not shared every detail of your project, not one of them have published a single project, despite being members for some time (in chefguru's case, he's been here almost four years, and posted nothing of any particular worth).

REA (author)Kiteman2011-11-21

In my defense, I really don't have any good ideas to contribute (or the materials/skills/tools to try some ideas before contributing). Also, I wasn't really "moaning" about it per se, I was just sharing my interest in his project.

Kiteman (author)REA2011-11-21

Relax, I was aiming my comments at chefguru and his ilk, who seem to think that VisualSpicer must recreate five months of work, just because they want to see the files.

REA (author)Kiteman2011-11-21

Ok, for a second I thought I may have said something wrong.

visualspicer (author)Kiteman2011-11-21

Excellent point there Kiteman. Thanks again for your support and congratulations on the impact your work has obviously made on this community. Keep it going.

Kiteman (author)visualspicer2011-11-21

All part of the service.

Tips Stetson, rides off into sunset, spurs clinking.

chefguru (author)Kiteman2011-11-21

@Kiteman: If I found some random video reposted online with no way to track the creator, and the video was the ONLY information about the project, that's one thing. When the person posting the video is the actual creator of the project & the video, and has posted (published) the video to the instruction (tutorial) site themselves, and has the project files available on their own computer (which is shown in the video), then your argument loses its validity.

I understand what you mean though, "It's better than nothing", but considering the creator of the project DID choose to publish it here, you can't make that argument.

The fact remains: The author has the files/tools available to make this page a TRUE instructable, but instead, by choosing to only post a video, this post is not really instructing anything, it's just bragging & showing off.

Kiteman (author)chefguru2011-11-21

Have you even bothered to compare the date the author joined and the date he published this? Three days. This author has contributed more to this site in three days than you have in four years.

How much use do you think the files are without detailed step-by-step instructions? Do you honestly expect him to back and recreate five months work, just because you want him to?

If you had ever published a project of your own, you would know that there is a physical limit on the size of the files that can be uploaded to Instructables.

I understand what you mean though, "It's better than nothing". No, you don't, because the "nothing" refers to your contribution to this site over the four years of your membership.

eearaujop (author)2014-08-31

Im new on this papercratf world, and after see yuir work, well just like that little girl my awesoness was infinite, you do a great job, and your very work its an example of perseverance, intelligence and proactivity for looking more higher challengers.

Excelsiors men. Besides that you show one more time what great things can people do when put all their heart, mind, and spirit of course we all expect it will be to made goodfull things that made humanity better, or happier...

Thanks for this inspiring work...

visualspicer (author)eearaujop2014-09-01

Thank you for the encouragement. That is very kind of you.

koconnell (author)2014-03-08

hi it wont let me download it.
I'd be willing to give it a go, i have the patience.

vishalapr (author)2013-09-11

This is brilliant! I wish I had the patience to do this, great job hoping to see more amazing paper-craft from you!

visualspicer (author)vishalapr2013-09-11

Thank you! Lots more still to come.

calexander12 (author)2013-09-09

I love the project could you make it into a suit that would be awesome for anime con for sure and do you sell the paper craft project?

Creative Hacker (author)2013-09-02

Amazing ! are the files out there for us to download ?

Oh and why not look into making "life sized" Medabots :D :D

0713022031 (author)2013-05-27

what kind of paper to build this gundam? (paper type and gramation (gsm) )

dreamer10 (author)2012-05-11

bro where did you get the mini model

troy72898 (author)2011-12-10

man this guy has way to much time on his hands. he did amazing though i would love to be able to do a halo armor like he did with the gundam. also was that poop on his printer at 1:15

neonack (author)2011-12-06


ArtXander (author)2011-11-27

Great man! Absolutely amazing!

ladytyty (author)2011-11-26

Wow, you are very talented Thanks for sharing that with us. Now can you do a female image of a super hero mom? Great work! You will be very successful in your life

visualspicer (author)ladytyty2011-11-26

Now there's an original idea. Thank you. :)

No-Shi-De (author)2011-11-26

WOW! this is one of those" bro? why did u make this??? ...... Coz I can. (answered with a dramatic deep voice" moments.... very nice! im looking for one of those rating flag here in instrcutibles but cant... 5 starts man!!!

lpasion (author)2011-11-26

WOW!!! i really like it!! hope you can help me build my own replica of gundam exia and gundam wing zero type... ^^

ZachMaker (author)2011-11-24

Ok i like it alot, but what happens if it rains

Farrelbark (author)2011-11-22

You should make a series of various giant-robot papercrafts.
Possibly starting with a more modern one being the Lagann mini-bot from TTGL.

rysjin (author)2011-11-22

Wow this is awesome what ya do is go buy a gundam plastic model then use pictures to create a 3D model then use peppakura designer for th' papermodel use a plotter ta cut out then use tacky glue ta put it together and foam board as a skeleton there's an insructable ya just have ta listen its' all in th' videos ya can't get mad cause someone doesn't give you their pdo files and you dont have th' skill or creativity ta build something this awesome. Besides Tarras lesko has ben building papercrafts original at that on this scale for a long while this is true art expression ya either can or can't .

ludivego (author)2011-11-20

I think for this to be a true instructable and not just an ad for your project you need to at least list all of the programs and tools used to build it.
Exactly what software and exactly what machines were used to print and plot.

An amazing build and I am supper happy to see that Tacoma was used for the photo shoot, but please either add more information or the files so people can be instructed....

Thank you for building this it is awesome.

chefguru (author)ludivego2011-11-20

I agree. All this post basically is is bragging. "Look what I did, but I'm not going to tell you how, or give you the stuff you need to make your own like you would normally expect from an Instructable."

visualspicer (author)chefguru2011-11-20

You must not have watched the videos. I have 5 months worth of footage showing you how I built the thing, plus I always answer any questions people email me with.

Etharkarael (author)visualspicer2011-11-20

If you don't want to make public the instructions, you're missing the whole purpose of this site.

If this were a magic trick, we would expect a how-to-do-the-trick video, not just an execution of said trick.

Kiteman (author)Etharkarael2011-11-21

Given that you have posted no projects in over three years of membership, I rather think it is you missing the point of the site.

Etharkarael (author)Kiteman2011-11-21

Maybe, but this is not about me, and offtopics won't stop me from being right.

Kiteman (author)Etharkarael2011-11-22

It's not off topic: the point of the site is to share what you have made.

VisualSpicer has shared what he has made, whereas you have spent at least three years *not* sharing what you have made.

Read my replies to chefguru about why you are so wrong to demand a full step-by-step for this project.

Etharkarael (author)Kiteman2011-11-22

As you stated before, twice, I've never posted an instructable. And posting a *non* instructable is just as useful though.

For me to shut up for not sharing any instructable within 3 years would be like letting no one to vote unless they've served in the army, or something as ridiculous as that. (Gosh, I suck at analogies.)

And I didn't demand a thing, it'd be silly as this is all free. I just pointed what would be the best.

There are even some fellas humbly requesting the pdf's, not a step-by-step, just the pdf's. And that'd be awesome.

But well, I'm not here just for ranting, I'm here because I liked the result of his work even though I totally agree with chefguru.

Kiteman (author)Etharkarael2011-11-22

No, you are wrong.

What is going on here is somebody who has had the ability to vote for years, but never has, criticising somebody who has just gained the ability to vote, and has voted, has not voted properly.

Somebody who has not contributed at all has no right to complain that another member has not contributed enough.

As I said elsewhere, if you'd read the project and the author's other comments, there are no simple PDF files for this, there are Pepekura files, which are utterly useless without a detailed step-by-step instructable. Such an instructable would only be possible if the author remade the entire, five-month project.

Etharkarael (author)Kiteman2011-11-22

Export multi-files bitmap on Pepakura. Open Photoshop, "File" > "Automate" > "PDF presentation". You're welcome.

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