If you're a BIONICLE fan, then you'll love this project! If you have no idea what BIONICLE is, but you think this looks cool, try it out! This is the Nuva Cube form the Bohrak saga of the second year of this famous LEGO theme. I tried my best to add the proper colours, but you can always change them if you like with the .pdo file below. The .pdo file is opened using Pepakura Viewer or Pepakura Designer If you are ready to build this, read on to the next step!
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Step 1: Before You Build
Before you start building this model, you will need the usual: 110lb cardstock (15 sheets), glue/adhesive of your choosing, a knife (X-acto or something similar), a clean work area, the .pdf file below and the .pdo file from the previous step for reference. The .pdo file is very important because it will guide you when putting together the pieces which are not labelled. Do not attempt to "wing it". If you have all of these things and are ready to begin then read on!
Step 2: Building the Cube
The pages are ordered and grouped according to each "section" of the cube. There are six sides with six different symbols. I personally recommend that you build each side/ section separately and combine them after. Each section has 2 or 3 pages next to each other so you won't get confused (please look carefully at the .pdo file for reference, you will need it). Once you are done building each section, check the image above to make sure it looks right. if they do, go to the next step.
Step 3: Assembling the Cube
Now that all of the "chunks" are complete, you can combine them as if they are the six faces of a cube (they basically are). BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL during this part! You will most likely get lost at least once. Each edge of a piece must connect with a certain other edge of a certain other piece. Many of the pieces look like they can connect in more than one way... They can't. Use the model view of the .pdo file and TRIPLE CHECK! I've messed this up every time and I've built it three times! don't worry if you mess up, you can carefully peel the tab off and reattach it. Just be patient. Once you get to the last two pieces, applying glue and fitting them in will get a little difficult. Take your time and don't be afraid to use different techniques to get it right. Your finished Nuva Cube should look something like this (the image above). There is a water bottle for height reference. Please send me pictures (or video) of your Nuva Cube if you've built it. If you would like the 3D model (possibly for 3D printing) please contact me and i will provide it!