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How to make Paper Craft Models - Basic Instructions

Techniques of Paper Craft Model making are explained in easy-to-follow video clips.

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Easy-to-follow video clips explain everything from basic Paper Craft techniques and how to make major parts of the Realistic Paper Crafts, right up to the final assembly. Full of useful tips for efficient construction and superb finish! Watch it, and you'll want to make a Realistic Paper Craft yourself!

The video clips explain how to assemble the YZR-M1. Methods for parts-making are basically the same for any model. When assembling, please refer to this video clip as well as the assembly instruction booklet for each model.

The Paper Craft Model of YZR-M1

Basic Instructions

Download practice parts sheet (PDF) for [ Basic Instructions ] used in movie

基礎編ムービーで使用している練習用パーツシートPDFダウンロード。

While making the Paper Craft Model

Please take care when using cutting tools such as blade cutters.
Use glue and other adhesives only in well-ventilated areas.

Cutting

Tip1

Do not immediately begin detailed cutting. To make things easier, first roughly cut out the parts leaving an ample margin around each one.

Tip2

When cutting out parts, rotate the paper so that you are always pulling the blade towards you.
Keep your blade tip not inside or outside, but in the center of the cutting line. Do not use rulers, and do not stop the blade in middle of lines; try to cut each line in one quick continuous motion.

Folding

Tip

When folding parts, the lines become cleaner if you trace and crease the folding lines beforehand with a mechanical pencil tip without the lead. Use scrap paper to get an idea of the amount of force needed for creasing.

Curving

Tip1

When curving belt-shaped parts, hold the part between your thumb and a slim aluminum rod, and apply light pressure while pulling the part out.
Parts should be curved a little more than the actual shape they should take, so as to make assembly and gluing easier.

Tip2

Place a part that should be curved in a soft place, such as your palm, and lightly stroke the part with an aluminum rod to curl it.
When curving fan-shaped parts, determine the center of the fan-shape, and move the rod as if making a circle.

Gluing

Tip1

When gluing, do not squeeze out an excessive amount of glue since it would dry out; squeeze out a pearl-sized amount onto paper etc. for use.
Apply an adequate amount with your finger or the tip of a wooden skewer when gluing.

Tip2

Do not directly apply glue to the glue flaps marked with “×.” Applying glue to the back surface that flaps will be attached to prevents excess glue from showing.

Tip3

To assemble box-shaped parts, glue the sides first. The “lid” part would be glued last. Do not apply glue on the glue flaps of the “lid”; take a little more glue than usual, and apply by wiping glue off the finger along the inner edge of the box-shape that the flaps are to be attached to.

Tip4

When gluing parts with other parts, compare the surfaces to be glued together, and apply glue to the surface that is less likely to show excess glue. Adjust positioning of parts, and then hold them together for a little while for firm adhesion.

Tools

Tip

Tools needed for Paper Craft Model making are blade cutter, tweezers, mechanical pencil, aluminum rod, wooden skewer, scissors, glue (wood glue) etc. In addition, a memo pad to squeeze out glue onto, and small plates to keep cut-out parts would also be useful.

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