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When you've played as much Mario as I have you can occasionally get the odd thought that you might actually deserve something for all of your time well spent. Like big game hunters you want to flaunt your prowess with trophies of your best accomplishments, right? Since I've beaten Bowser more times that I can count I figure I need a Bowser trophy, and really, who could blame me?
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I started with getting the game model for Bowser from Mario Galaxy, since I thought this was the best 3d version of him. If you open him up in Crafty you get a confusing wire diagram like the one pictured above, but crafty lets you save out in other formats. So Crafty converts my MTL file to a more familiar OBJ.

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I opened the OBJ file using Art of Illusion, and you get a nice gray-scale full body of Bowser, which I then set to wire frame because I only need the head, and he's somewhat easier to dissect this way. This was all new to me, and there was a gratuitous use of the "undo" button as I stumbled through. No regrets though.

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After removing the body I set it back to the skinned version, just to make sure everything is how I want it. (this is A LOT of trial and error.) Then save him out again. I also took the opportunity at this point to remove his horns and save them out separately for a viking helmet project I may actually work on someday. Multitasking!!
IsabelaG16 months ago

I have some projects of Super Mario on my blog and would like to try this model, please take a look at my projects and I pass this pdo so I can do

my blog:

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Qarboni1 year ago
can you send me de pdo file please
matheus_dx1 year ago
Please send me .pdo file please send me .pdo file.
dizzle22652 years ago
Hey can you send me the pdo file please I really like to build this email is
acadelola2 years ago
I could send email ( file pod.
From already thank you very much.
Dr Qui2 years ago
"Now to do a fill size Koopa..."

Go one stage better and make a red Koopa shell and mount it on a skate board. Like who wouldn't want to bomb around on a red Koopa shell just like Mario.
Capn Badger (author)  Dr Qui2 years ago
Ha! I was thinking more giant red-shell bumper-kart... hmm.. like I told poofrabbit though, I get lots of Ideas I may or may never start. The Koopa I pulled the game model already, and have converted to a obj already though, so it has a better chance. The main problem I ran into on that was game models tend to "overlap" which doesn't help when you're doing it in the physical realm. Usually fixable with a good pair of scissors, but the purest in me wants to re-work it. Had the same problem with Bowser's teeth. They were all the same size when I started. I may be one of the first people to do dental work on a what's-it from the Mario universe. There's one for the books. Thanks for the comments and compliments!! Good luck with the leather project. Let me know how it goes.
skateboard, razor scooter, home made go cart, they all would be extra cool with a Koopa shell on

I was recently given a pair of huge antlers it see what the would turn like on the wood lathe , but they are just to big and impressive to cut up so i plan to make some e sort of trophy from them to stick on the gable of the shed for a laugh. the shed is allot more tidy now this is the mid shed tidy up and rebuild that I'm in the middle of.

I have some large bulks of ancient pitch pine that was the roof beams of the old cottage that got demolished, I think i can come up with a design for a stags head made from those and it will also give me a chance to try my hand at some wood carving too.
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Dr Qui2 years ago
Pure quality!

A number of years ago i found a Japanese site that had a paper craft 3D Bowser that I spent about a month cutting out and gluing. At the time I wanted to upscale the head part to mask size and make it from leather, back then i was a PC tech and just didn't have the time, I'll have to put that idea back on the work pending pile again.

I hope you haven't played fable, or you will start selling your house with the trophy still on the wall for a profit, then kick the door in to steal it back and buy the house back and repeat ad ifinitum until you make loads of money. :-)

Excellent work.
It is the most wonderfully awesome thing mine eyes have ever beheld!!!!
YAY!! Now it's your turn!! Hey everybody, check her stuff out at

It's awesome.
Dude this is seriously cool! It's about time you listened to me and entered. You rock! I knew you would!
Capn Badger (author)  Vintiquities2 years ago
Thanks Thespa!! You rock too! Can't wait to see your flower project.
xavanty2 years ago
Really god instructable, but seems impossible to me, can you post the results of pepakura as pdf.
Capn Badger (author)  xavanty2 years ago
Since I made him as big as I did most of the parts trail across multiple pages. I'm not sure how that would work in a pdf format. Also, I'm not even sure how to convert it that way. While checking it out for you I did find that I could've exported it as an EPS file and printed it on a large format on the mutoh at work and saved me several hours of work, so that sucks.
As far as "impossible" goes, I promise you it's not. I'm self taught all the way. That's the beauty of a website like this one, there's always someone willing to teach. I seriously doubt I'll ever actually post the PDO file here though. It's an insane amount of work, and this actually took days worth of work stretched out over a year. I did it all so I could learn how to do it myself because I wanted one like no one else. I hope this doesn't make me sound like a jerk. There are lots of free bowser papercrafts available on game sites and papercraft sites all over the web. Thanks for the comment and compliment. Good luck!
poofrabbit2 years ago
Oh hey, also....dremal makes a fantastic multi-speed engraver, very easy to use and you can practice on about any scrap metal. ;-)
Capn Badger (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thanks for the comments!! I've already added "Learn to engrave" to my to-do list somewhere between "japanese caligraphy" and "hoverboard." Good thing I never stick to my lists, huh? Thanks again!!
I understand the list thing and not sticking to them. LOL!
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is so cool! I'd love to have this hanging in my game room and know a lot of other gamers who would as well. Great 'able!