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Ah Video games.. I mean, seriously.. has there ever been a better past time? Ok, so there has, but no one who's bothered to click on this particular entry hasn't suffered the mind numbing hours it takes to truly and desperately love one game or another, and then go through the pangs of withdrawal once you have to shut down and wander back into our world, where jumping on turtles or blasting everything in sight with a plasma rifle is frowned upon, and no matter how hard you try, you still can't make fire shoot out of any part of your anatomy.

Sucks. I know.

Now there are ways to further that experience. There's always that one thing in game you just can't live without, and lucky for us there are ways to get these things. Of course, not everything out there is available, and that's where this begins.

If you're a bit handy (talkin to you instructables crowd) you have the option of making that stuff yourself.

"But venerable host, how do we do that??" you may ask forlornly. And I would respond "Fear not, my dear friend, I am here to mumble my way through the process with you so we can figure it out together, and later you can show me how it's done."

Step 1: Step the first: So, what are we doing?

This may sound like a really bizarre thing to bring up, but it's actually a bit important in this context (probably in other things too, but that's existentialistic, let's focus on the video games) but "WHAT IS IT YOU WANT TO MAKE?"

There are several levels that play into this, such as your tastes, your skill level (never believe yourself on that one) the complexity of your chosen item, and how much your willing to spend financially, time-wise, and emotionally on a project. Sadly, not everything is probable in this.  My list of things I WANT to make far outweighs the list of stuff I MAY make, so prioritizing is big. If it's something you just thought was kinda cool but looks really complex, guarantee you're gonna hate it before it's done. If it looks pretty easy, go for it, at least you'll have some experience under your belt.  Sometimes, though, there's a magic moment when the stars align and you find that one thing you want to spend forever on. If you're like me, you'll find it, start on it, and a year later, even though you're still madly in love with it, will never get it done in time for an instructables contest entry or to even show pics of it. Maybe someday. For now, let's focus on you.
Actually (no offense) but the red bird-like fish is called a cheep cheep.
I like the sub-zero type mask down there at the bottom and I love pepakura but I'm an apple user and can't find anything to take pepakura's place.Does anyone know of a substitute I could use?
Ouch.. the dreaded Mac-user.. ewww... (kidding) <br>I'm not a mac user, so I may be the wrong one to ask, and I have no idea about the ease-of-use for these, but there are some things I've heard others talking about that may be worth a shot.<br><br>First up is:<br>http://www.dunreeb.com/3dplugins/<br><br>or if you use sketch up there's a utility called unfold:<br>http://sketchuptips.blogspot.com/2007/08/plugin-unfoldrb.html<br><br>There's also the worst case scenario. Bare with me on this one. Tomorrow, while I'm at the computer that has that file, I'll export it in a format you can use, and email it to you. It won't help other stuff in the long run, but it'll get you the mask you're looking for.<br><br>Also might I add getting a PC would help immensely.. (ok, I'm done)<br><br>
thank you so much! so you can get me a file that work on a mac? I have a pc but its (heh heh) a piece of junk.Thanks! <br>
clever but could be tricky making sure that the paper sheet folds correctly into shape, a 3d printer would probably be easier. also perhaps print the sheets you will fold in colour with full details on them to avoid having to paint them on later, i agree that obj is a very useful format.
True, 3d printers are awesome, but you're usually very limited on scale, and the cost is astronomical.Since the Bowser head alone is nearly three feet it makes it somewhat prohibitive for printing, I got the whole thing finished for less than $20 paint and foam filler included, and making it is most of the fun. When working with some game models exporting the skins along with them for color printing is just a pain and some details pixelate badly when you increase scale to a &quot;usable&quot; size, so I generally don't bother.. I've done a few (the piranha was printed out in color) but I found they tend to make little imperfections in folds or part layouts REALLY stand out.Thanks for the comment!
clever but could be tricky making sure that the paper sheet folds correctly into shape, a 3d printer would probably be easier. also perhaps print the sheets you will fold in colour with full details on them to avoid having to paint them on later, i agree that obj is a very useful format.

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