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Super Mario Bros. Question Block

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'NOTE I do not know for sure what this block would look like in reality. I am just assuming that there are bricks on the sides, since there are usually brick blocks on either side of it.

So we've all (hopefully) played the original Super Mario Bros. game at one time or another, and we had to jump to hit a block with a question mark on it. We usually got a red mushroom that made us grow. I ended up liking that block so much, I had to have my own, that I could take with me everywhere.

"If you do not have balsa wood, or would like a quicker version, hamgravy made a paper cut-out version, with my permission http://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Mario-Bros-Paper-Question-Mark-Block/"

What you'll need for this is:
--Thin balsa wood sheet
--Ruler/straightedge
--Knife (utility or X-acto)
--Tape

Youll also need to print off the sides of the block. You could paint it, but it was much easier for me to just print the sides off. I dont do good with intricate painting. Youll find the net I made below.

I apologize in advance for the blurry pictures. My camera is not the greatest.
 
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Step 1: Sides

For this, I thought that a 1 x 1 inch cube would be good, so youll need to cut 6 1-inch square pieces of wood (I chose balsa because its the easiest to work with, and I had it lying around).

I found the easiest way to do this was score the wood deeply with the knife, and then snap it.

Step 2: Assembling

I started off assembling the sides by taping them together (in a pattern like the one below), then I taped on only one side. I put a little bit of glue on the seams inside, and let it dry for a bit, and then I filled the inside with a combination of cardboard scrap and hot glue, to give it some weight. I let that dry, and added the top, cutting it so it would fit inside nicely, and taped and glued that in place too.
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dragonslug2 months ago

You could buy little wood block/s and paint/cover those instead of making your own block/s.

bwells23 years ago
It's-a-me, mario! Whoo-hoo!
blueblobbs3 years ago
where did you get the design for the bolock
TechNerd1012 (author)  blueblobbs3 years ago
Like, the ? picture and bricks, or the way its put together?
the picture
TechNerd1012 (author)  blueblobbs3 years ago
oh, I just got a picture of the ? and the blocks they used in the game. I just assumed that the rest of the block was brick instead of ?.
dvnfntn5 years ago
who would buy these on ebay??
TechNerd1012 (author)  dvnfntn5 years ago
someone is, its ending in an hour (8:24pm Pacific time) theres a market for everything
how much did you sell them for?
TechNerd1012 (author)  Jimmy Proton3 years ago
Im not really sure, but I think $3 or 4 per set
I'd say thats a good way to make a little money.
TechNerd1012 (author)  Jimmy Proton3 years ago
yeah lol
TechNerd1012 (author)  dvnfntn3 years ago
I sold about 8 sets (of 2) of them before I stopped listing them.
ikoda5 years ago
Question Blocks don't have bricks around it...
999592 ikoda5 years ago
actually no one is certain about that... (you dont see the sides) HOWEVER it is safe to assume that due to the fact that all the other blocks are brick... this one is probably brick as well
rip333 9995925 years ago
Actually they don't, the 3D games are question marks all the way around.
999592 rip3335 years ago
well the ORIGINAL mario games you cant tell
TechNerd1012 (author)  9995925 years ago
exactly
hmm... user pic seems familiar...
TechNerd1012 (author)  mason01903 years ago
lol
ikoda 9995925 years ago
Well Toy/Key Chain Question blocks don't have bricks. Neither do 3d Mario games.... I'd say it's yellow all around... Keeps it more _____ (Totally went blank and forgot the word that should go there...)
baneat ikoda5 years ago
authentic?
i say we sould reference the first 3D mario game that featured the sides of the blocks (Mario 64)... or go back even further and go by the super mario brothers animated series!
robots199 ikoda5 years ago
In paper mario when you go into 3D mode, you can easily see that the question blocks have bricks around it.
Najmyman1004 years ago
Cool, Add a mushroom made of crayola model magic clay
loserpoo4 years ago
really cool i wish i had balsa
TechNerd1012 (author)  loserpoo4 years ago
Thanks...you can get a long narrow sheet of it at any craft store, such as Michaels or Joanns or something like that
1up5 years ago
Too bad there isn't some way to print it onto the wood...
mason0190 1up4 years ago
didn't you make that kick-@$$ portable nes?
1up mason01904 years ago
Which one? :P
screen printing
mason01904 years ago
i make tiny ones, put small candies in them, and pass them out as party favours :)
Najmyman1005 years ago
does the box open
TechNerd1012 (author)  Najmyman1005 years ago
the exact way that I made it in this instructable, no but a hinged lid can easily be incorporated
ceschiutti5 years ago
could you also make little posts in the corners to glue the panels together? I imagine that bottom piece was tough to stay put.
TechNerd1012 (author)  ceschiutti5 years ago
yes you can. i made a few more of these afterward, and thats how I did it
Rustar5 years ago
If I remember right several years ago someone made a bunch of large blocks and hung them around their town at night, which of course led to a police investigation.
Iridium75 years ago
you could make a bigger one and make it a box to store stuff in.
ScienceWiz5 years ago
HMmmmmm... I'm thinking: 3D PRINTER!!!! XD Cool idea!
kamibox.de5 years ago
That's pretty cool, I've designed another Mario Block-based papercraft before, the Mario Paper Automata: http://www.wiids.co.uk/2009/03/10/paper-mario-automaton/
(But yours is made of balsa wood anyway, so it should be more stable ;))
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