In this tutorial you will learn what is Pepakura and how to use it.
This is short 6 step, comprehensive introduction to world of paper models ;)
How to work with paper, what type of paper (how hard / heavy).
What tools you need to start.
So read more !
Updated: 2013/09/24 ... 10 hours of work so far :)
Step 1: Paper
Ignore office paper from your work or school which is soft, too thin, easy to bend = useless.
What you need is CARDSTOCK
Card stock = paper with weights from 50 lb to 110 lb (about 135 to 300 g/m²).
I use 200 g/m² paper and I find it best combination to print on and work with in smaller details.
Size / format of paper:
Standard for EUROPE = A4 ... 210 × 297 mm
Standard for USA = Letter ... 215.9 mm × 279.4 mm (8.5 × 11 inches)
Step 2: "Mountain" vs. "Valley" fold
1.] what are all the different lines (solid, dash, dash-dot-dash) ?
2.] what direction should you fold ?
* imagine a letter ... A ... you can "touch the top" edge of the paper
* basically fold the paper on its edge: DOWN
* "dash dash dash"
* imagine a letter ... V ... in where you can "put your finger inside" the shape
* basically fold the paper on its edge: UP
* "dash DOT dash DOT dash"
Is the one where you cut your shape out !
Just look at the screenshots :)