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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 :)
 
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Step 1: Paper

You need: HARD, HEAVY, SOLID, THICK 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

First time a lot of people have problem how to actually fold the paper:
1.] what are all the different lines (solid, dash, dash-dot-dash) ?
2.] what direction should you fold ?

MOUNTAIN 
* imagine a letter ... A ... you can "touch the top" edge of the paper
* basically fold the paper on its edge: DOWN
*  "dash dash dash"

VALLEY
* 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"

SOLID LINE
Is the one where you cut your shape out !
Just look at the screenshots :)
Great Instructable! I had actually been thinking about starting a pepakura project and you've helped me a lot.
krsiak (author)  techwhisperer1 year ago
You are welcome :)

I made Pepakura GUIDE:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Pepakura-1/

So far 5 tutorials with 2 videos, more to come soon !
It will be complete series made of several instructables.

Go to any of my tutorials,  go to last step "What next ?" and there you will see all the links as well ;)
Maybe some of it will help you.

Good luck with your project.
PepPro7 months ago

Awesome!! Thank you for writing this! I just shared it on my blog:) I just started a site/blog over at PepakuraPros.com. I plan to build a pepakura community and offer an "all in one" place for info, resources, supplies, etc. If you're into pepakura/papercraft or whatever, drop by the new site! Thanks again for the awesome instructable!

krsiak (author)  PepPro7 months ago
Hi,

thanks you like it and that you share it on your blog.
i agree with you but non of them do any talk on size.... well thanks a lot bro... nice work.. you are doing great job. :)
ok thank you.. and which setting i should choose to make it wearable for me?????
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krsiak (author)  Robine007hawk1 year ago
Hi,

complex question, almost impossible to answer just by looking at screenshot.
  • Depends how tall you are.
  • Size of your head obviously, hell even size of your nose :)
  • My 1st helmet was all good looking till I tried to put it on.
  • Damn big nose.

Head over here: http://www.therpf.com/
There are dozens of talented prop makers and same amount of tutorials on how to scale down / up your armor parts. I did this almost a year ago and I honestly barely remember my own settings :)

Check my tutorial if you need some basics:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-use-Pepakura-Designer/

And definitely check out this web + YT:
http://www.xrobots.co.uk/IM6/
http://www.youtube.com/user/jamesbruton
i am a bit confused if these circled lines should be cut down or folded.. please help me out..
thnks
krsiak (author)  Robine007hawk1 year ago
P.S.: blue arrows = you need to move closer each part not just those 2 :)
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krsiak (author)  Robine007hawk1 year ago
Hi,

I see your issue, so little space, confusing I know :)

1.] Cut the "full" lines.
2.] Fold down the "dash dash dash" lines.

You will have very tiny flaps that you should glue from the bottom to the other side of your cut part.
And no it does not hold together well !

Cut out from spare paper a RECTANGLE shape, thin, longer. Hold the cut lines close to each other and glue your RECTANGLE from inside / bottom as a sort of patch.

You have Iron Man helmet I see. You need to "bend it" in shape to get the face part done.
Look at this (not mine) to get you started: http://goo.gl/cqDlv3

See my colourful image :)

*  yellow arrow , start cut
*  yellow line , cut along
*  green arrow , END your cut !
*  blue arrow = shows that you need to get these parts closer and glue flaps from bottom
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SHIFT!1 year ago
Pretty good instructable on Pepakura viewer. I've been using the Designer program for years in terms of turning 3D models into papercrafts. While the program is very good for basic geometric shapes, I do find it somewhat limiting for much more complex models, such as having to declare cut lines, joining pieces, adding textures etc. It's fun but very time consuming!
krsiak (author)  SHIFT!1 year ago
Thanks for comment.

I use Designer when I print my model 1st time (scale, resize parts).
After that when I glue it I just use Viewer to look at what glue to which place.
SHIFT!1 year ago
You know, a great way to overcome the extremely slow and runny disadvantages with liquid glue, I've found, is to use Arleene's fast drying Tacky Glue. It gives the same precision as regular white glue, but at 1/2 the dry time.
krsiak (author)  SHIFT!1 year ago
I use the white liquid glue.
I found that using less amount dries faster which is easy to work with.
krsiak (author) 1 year ago
2.000+ views in 5 days !

My tutorial was FEATURED in category workshop 2 days ago.
Today on Instructables.com homepage !

Thanks for support guys :)
jbrecken1 year ago
How about a glue stick for the happy medium?
krsiak (author)  jbrecken1 year ago
I added 2 new screenshots in STEP 3.

Look at the one with glue, it show how narrow and thin is the part that you apply glue with.
That was the reason I chose this glue because you can easily get to smaller parts and details.

krsiak (author)  jbrecken1 year ago
Hi,

I do not use GLUE STICK.
I find it less precise and it dries out to fast for my taste.

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