Introduction: Betsey Trotwood Pub, Paper Model

Make a little Betsey Trotwood Pub for your desktop. This paper model can be printed on a single sheet.
The Betsey Trotwood Pub is located in Clerkenwell, London [visit their website]. It gets its name from the character of the same name in Charles Dickens' 1850 novel David Copperfield [read about it on Widipedia].

To create the paper model, I began by making a super low-poly 3D model [see the low poly 3D model]. I designed the model in Blender based on a beautiful photogrametric scan of the Betsey Trotwood Pub uploaded by David Fletcher. [See the model on Skechfab]. I used Blender's internal Paper Model addon to do the unfolding [read about Paper Model].


You will need

  • A printer (preferably a color printer)
  • Paper -- card-stock or other heavy weight
  • A pen knife and cutting mat (or maybe crazy small scissors)
  • Glue -- white glue or paste

Step 1: Print and Cut

Download the PDF file (both US Letter and A4 are provided), and print it.

Cut out the all the parts. Be sure to cut out the small rectangles on the roof area where the chimneys need to be inserted.

Use a stylus or non-marking tool to score the dashed lines so you get nice clean folds. Also score along the inside of each tab so they will fold cleanly and hide well. Be sure to pre-fold your parts along the score lines prior to applying glue.

Apply glue on tabs and assemble. I found it made sense to glue the walls first, then attach the back / roof piece. Insert the chimneys at the end.

Step 2: Enjoy

Display your little model Betsey Trotwood Pub for all to see.