Pepakura Building for Dummies - Borrowed from 405th

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Pepakura Building for Dummies - Borrowed from 405th

Post  DarkeSword on Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:15 pm

1.Start by Selecting a spot that you want to begin building off of. For my torso, im choosing the chest area first.

2.Cut out the part you are going to make first, By cutting out the inside parts and then working on the exterior.


3. Inside and out, use the pen and ruler to draw lines (with pressure) to make nice, clean folds. More is explained at http://405th.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=2043
here.


4. Fold the tab according to what direction it goes in pepakura designer. usually mountain folds are --------- and valley folds are _._._._

5. After a bit, you will need to glue the folded parts together. I use hot glue now, because of its strong adhesive qualities and quick drying time. Sure it goes up to about 200 degrees, but hey! burnt fingers never hurt anyone Rolling Eyes


6. To do this, line up the numbers on the tab to the exact same number on the other side. This is actually really useful, im glad pepakura designer does this.

7.Be careful, sometimes you HAVE to look at the numbers in order to not screw up.

8. After a while, You may want to cut the pieces out in advance to folding and glueing. Use the Check corresponding Face Tool in pepakura designer to help tell which pieces go where. This is when a computer comes in handy.


TIPS TO HELP ANYONE NEW TO THE FORUMS
A.Use a thin layer of glue to avoid wasting glue and other stuff....like your skin. Just realize the fiberglass tends to eat through really thin layers, so make sure to add on hot glue afterwards
B.Work quickly with a low temperature glue gun, it cools very quickly.
C.With VERY TINY pieces, a pair of tweezers is recommended to fold.
D. Have a designated space for your work, it can (and WILL) get messy at times.
E. Throw hot glue scraps away. Dont melt them, unless the are big and can be useful. They just add to the mess.
F.Practice with little projects if you arent ready for a big job. Try the Jedifraz models and work your way up.

Above all, HAVE FUN! this is a VOLUNTARY hobby. You shouldnt have to hate doing this. Fruits of your labor always taste better.

Even more important, READ ALL OF THE STICKIES IN THE PEPAKURA FORUM BEFORE STARTING ANYTHING! that way, when you do decide to build, you wont be so lost, and scaling and proper folding will be like second nature.

Mods, if this is in the wrong place (i think the noob forum is perfect though) you can move it.


For those who arent up to pepakura yet and need directions, here are some excellent websites to start out on (plus a few good toys to end up with)

www.papertoys.com
www.jleslie48.com
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