7FT Gundam - Ultimate Papercraft

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About: Graphic Design Artist

Intro: 7FT Gundam - Ultimate Papercraft

After burning my 4FT Freedom Gundam papercraft in 2010 I was determined to create a bigger and better replacement. This 7FT Gundam Mk-2 papercraft became the result of my goal, made up of 1250 parts on 720 pages, for a total paper weight of 10lb (4.5kg).

Using time-lapse photography, video editing and motion graphics, I created this video which shows the entire construction process as it happened over a course of three to four months.


My brother Ivan Lesko and I collaborated on creating a set of fantasy photographs for this project. Read Ivan's thoughts about the photography on his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Here's another time-lapse video which shows our photoshoot.


In this behind the scenes video I talk about my original idea, design process and equipment used for this project.


I launched this teaser video one month prior to revealing this project to the world.



For this and more, visit my website at www.visualspicer.com

Thanks for viewing!


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    ludivego

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I think for this to be a true instructable and not just an ad for your project you need to at least list all of the programs and tools used to build it.
    Exactly what software and exactly what machines were used to print and plot.

    An amazing build and I am supper happy to see that Tacoma was used for the photo shoot, but please either add more information or the files so people can be instructed....

    Thank you for building this it is awesome.

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    chefguruludivego

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I agree. All this post basically is is bragging. "Look what I did, but I'm not going to tell you how, or give you the stuff you need to make your own like you would normally expect from an Instructable."

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    visualspicerchefguru

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    You must not have watched the videos. I have 5 months worth of footage showing you how I built the thing, plus I always answer any questions people email me with.

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    chefguruvisualspicer

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Since the video shows you printing the pages, it's very obvious that you have the files to make available for the site so that other people can make one of these for themselves.

    If you are refusing to make the files public, then it seems you aren't really trying to post a valid Instructable, but instead, you're just showing off. If you're just showing off, and have no intention of posting the files so other people can make one of these, why even bother with this site, and why not just post your video on Youtube instead?

    So here's my question, which I assume you'll answer, as per your comment above:
    Why aren't you posting the files here that anyone would need to create their own 7 foot Gundam, thus making this an actual Instrucable, and not just a brag video?

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    TheOriginalNerdchefguru

    Reply 2 months ago

    I agree with you, Gary and Etharkarael... I hate it when people just post their "look what I made" Instructables. After all, this is a site for instructing others on the way to do things. Else, why would there be a "How to change your spark plugs" and other mundane chores Instructables and don't say because it's inspiring and that's what Instructables is really about: Inspiring people to do stuff is just a great side effect.

    What makes this braggable worse, it's just an add to his site where he sells the patterns or the completed paper crafts. I don't know which because I left the site as soon as I saw it was just stuff for sale. And because he almost only answers comments that praise him. He practically never helps people with legitimate questions on how do something.

    If you don't want to make public the instructions, you're missing the whole purpose of this site.

    If this were a magic trick, we would expect a how-to-do-the-trick video, not just an execution of said trick.

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    KitemanEtharkarael

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Given that you have posted no projects in over three years of membership, I rather think it is you missing the point of the site.

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    KitemanEtharkarael

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    It's not off topic: the point of the site is to share what you have made.

    VisualSpicer has shared what he has made, whereas you have spent at least three years *not* sharing what you have made.

    Read my replies to chefguru about why you are so wrong to demand a full step-by-step for this project.

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    EtharkaraelKiteman

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    As you stated before, twice, I've never posted an instructable. And posting a *non* instructable is just as useful though.

    For me to shut up for not sharing any instructable within 3 years would be like letting no one to vote unless they've served in the army, or something as ridiculous as that. (Gosh, I suck at analogies.)

    And I didn't demand a thing, it'd be silly as this is all free. I just pointed what would be the best.

    There are even some fellas humbly requesting the pdf's, not a step-by-step, just the pdf's. And that'd be awesome.

    But well, I'm not here just for ranting, I'm here because I liked the result of his work even though I totally agree with chefguru.

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    KitemanEtharkarael

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    No, you are wrong.

    What is going on here is somebody who has had the ability to vote for years, but never has, criticising somebody who has just gained the ability to vote, and has voted, has not voted properly.

    Somebody who has not contributed at all has no right to complain that another member has not contributed enough.

    As I said elsewhere, if you'd read the project and the author's other comments, there are no simple PDF files for this, there are Pepekura files, which are utterly useless without a detailed step-by-step instructable. Such an instructable would only be possible if the author remade the entire, five-month project.

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    EtharkaraelKiteman

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Export multi-files bitmap on Pepakura. Open Photoshop, "File" > "Automate" > "PDF presentation". You're welcome.

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    KitemanEtharkarael

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    That's good to know. Now, is there a new function to label all the parts that need gluing, what they need gluing to, and in what order, because there wasn't last time I saw a Pepakura file printed out.

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    chefguruKiteman

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Well, how convenient that we have time-lapse videos of the construction process that we can absorb that knowledge from.

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    Kitemanchefguru

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Look, you've made your position very clear, and you have made it very clear that you aren't concerned about the reality of the situation, nor do you seem particularly bothered about the hypocrisy inherent in your position.

    Get over yourself, move on, and find somewhere that would welcome contributions such as you have made. YouTube, perhaps?

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    visualspicerKiteman

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, there's a feature called "show edge id" which turns on reference numbers for all the corresponding glue tabs.

    Please forward your complaints to the staff of Instructables.com who personally invited me to post this project here in its current format.

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    AnarchoElkGarry Ozols

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    There is a flag option near the top right of the page, if you think this is incomplete (no instruction) I'd say that'd be the easiest way to let the staff know.