It's been a little over year now, that I've posted my first instructable: Create faceted papercraft-objects and almost 500.000 People have taken a look at it and started to build the deer or their own models. And even though I tried to be as precise as I could, a few questions came up. Some of them over and over. That's what this instructable is about: The top 3 Pepakura questions I got.
To make things more interesting and suited for the upcoming easter festivities I've made a new model - a little easter bunny. With that template I'll walk you through the questions and all the steps to build one.
So off we go...
Everyone knew that it had something to do with the way you're supposed to fold the pieces. Folding up or down. However there is no easy answer to that. It all depends on how you build the model. With the printed lines and numbers on the outside, or vice versa - the printed side on the inside.
If you plan to paint the model afterwards or if you are transferring the lines by scoring them, you can keep the printed side up. If you are printing on the paper you want to build with you will probably want the printed marks on the inside.
The answer requires a little thinking, but isn't that hard. Most models you'll build will be an enclosed body. So most of the folds will be mountain-folds. On the template these are marked with a dashed line ( - - - - - - ). You will see that most of the lines are of that type. These are folded down, so that the dashed line will be on a mountain-ridge.
The dot-dashed lines ( - . - . - . - ) are the remaining valley-folds. These are folded up to make a valley.
All of that is true when you have the printed side up. If you build it with the printed side down, everything is just the other way around, resulting in a mirrored object. In this example the bunny will look the other way then.