Portal Turret Papercraft Guide

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It’s the lovable Sentry Turret from the hit PC/Xbox/PS3 game, Portal! Since its original release on my deviantArt page some time ago, I've received a number of requests for help/tutorials with this model, and in the spirit of the Make It Real challenge, I've decided to write up a concise guide to that end.

For those curious, this model was designed using several pieces of software, including student versions of 3D Studio Max and AutoCAD for the mesh, GIMP for the model’s skin, and PePaKuRa Designer to “unfold” it into the final template. PLEASE NOTE, you do not actually need any of these programs to assemble the template in this instructable.

While I will do my best to guide you through the assembly, parts of this model can be difficult for beginners; namely the legs, which are the smallest and most intricate part.

>  The 2-page template (PDF) attached below
>  Your preference of cutting implement (i.e. scissors, a pen-knife, etc.)
>  Paper (I would recommend 16-20lbs (60-75gsm) paper, i.e. typical copy/printer paper)
>  Glue
>  Patience, time, and dexterous fingers
OPTIONAL - PePaKuRa model file (.PDO) attached below *

* Only for those who already know how to use the program PePaKuRa; while it is a very useful tool, I will not be explaining its use in this guide.
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My lil' bro gonna make this!
aaquino711 months ago
billybob884 (author)  aaquino711 months ago
did you, you know, actually read the instructions...? i couldn't have possibly gone into more detail...
Is there any way to make the final product more glossy, like in the game?
billybob884 (author)  4lifenerdfighter1 year ago
you could try using photo paper, let me know how it turns out!
mistyp1 year ago
Thanks for posting this! I made this for my brother-in-law's birthday. The result was impressive, and he loved it. It took a LONG time to make, and at the last moment I had to run out and get another copy of the PDF because I messed up one of the doors. But in the end it was pretty awesome. I'm in awe of the talent it took to design it! The only complaint I have is that the gun turrets have little attachment points on both ends in your photo, but not on the printed PDF.

I also printed this as a birthday card for him:!/Shereebedee/media/slideshow?

Thanks again!
mistyp mistyp1 year ago
poofrabbit1 year ago
Congratulations on being one of the winners in Scoochmaroo Papercraft Challenge!! BTW I just saw your user picture, I LOVE that cartoon! "For the love of god and all that his holy my anus is bleeding!!!" Oh memories!
billybob884 (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
Hah thanks! Yeaa, that one's deff of my all-time favorite videos
Awesome! This looks fantastic!
BrittLiv1 year ago
Very good job! You should also enter it in this contest:
billybob884 (author)  BrittLiv1 year ago
Thanks for the heads up! I may just do that

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