There is an underlying web world about papercraft modeling. It is not visible. It is hard to find. And, in many cases, the web sites are in a language that most of us can’t read. But, believe me, it is huge. And it is not about printable cards or paper dolls, or even scrapbooking. It is about stunningly good looking three dimensional paper models: Gadgets, toys, characters, cars, robots, spaceships, airplanes, buildings and even working photo cameras. You name it.
This list gathers some notable models available for download. But this is just a small sample. At the end of the article you will find links to paper modeling books, paper models directories, paper modeling software and tutorials, and paper models blogs, which in my opinion are the most important of all, just because they are constantly updated and the owners seem to have access to information that’s very difficult to find. Grab your X-Acto knife, some glue and start building now!
Papercraft Modeling Books
More Papercraft Modeling Sites
Papercraft Modeling Blogs
.: Paper Forest, Paper Kraft, Gundam and Robot Anime, and Papercraft World
These four blogs have enough information to keep you busy for the rest of your life. No kidding. They are constantly updated and the information they bring is outstanding. If you don’t like to do your own research and investigation, chances are that what you are looking for is hidden here in these blogs. A must read.
These four blogs were of a great help when writing this article. A big thank you to the owners!!
Papercraft Models Directories and Networks
.: 3D Paper Model and Space Station 42
If you want to get your hands dirty browsing though lots of information, these two directories contain all kinds of models ordered by categories.
.: Nice Paper Toys
Nice Paper Toys is a new and exciting network of papercraft artists. You can browse their works and download the free models.
.: Pepakura Designer
Pepakura Designer allows you to create paper craft models from already made 3D models. Some paper models around the web are created with this software and exported in .pdo file format. You can download the free Pepakura .pdo viewer here.
Papercraft Modeling Tutorials
.: How to design a paper model
This tutorial guides you through the process of designing your own paper models from scratch.
.: How to make papercraft models
High quality and very well done video tutorials that shows the basic tips and techniques to build your own paper models. Some advanced tips too.
.:NEW – Download, print, fold, paste
Low Tech Magazine wrote an article similar to this one with some models that are not featured in this list. They linked to this article as an additional resource. Thanks!!