Downloadable Hand Decorated Origami Crane

These are my original hand decorated origami cranes. Each wing is a different design.

These are my original hand decorated origami cranes. Each wing is a different design.

Here is my rendition of a hand decorated origami crane, inspired by Cristian Marianciuc. I drew different wing designs on each wing to see what I liked best. (click the images to enlarge)


The finished Crane

Once I had a design I liked I scanned it into the computer, then used Gimp to mirror the pattern I liked best onto the other wing.

I then created a pdf file which you can download here. Print yourself a copy, cut out the pattern and fold along to get your very own hand decorated crane.

The final result is shown at right.


Printed pattern

How to Make It

  1. Print the pattern and cut it out.
  2. Starting with the printed side up, valley fold then unfold along both diagonals.


Valley fold both diagonals, mountain fold side to side and top to bottom.

  1. Flip the pattern over, then book fold and unfold side to side and top to bottom.
  2. Flip it over again. You should have something like the image at right.
  3. Collapse this into a square base.


Continue folding into a standard Bird Base

  1. Continue folding to make a normal bird base .
  2. Finish folding the crane normally.

The printed wing pattern should be on the inside like this.

  1. When your bird base is finished the printed wing pattern will be on the inside.
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    Make sure you form the head on the correct side of the wings.

  3. Before you form the head note which side is the “front” edge of the wing pattern.


The finished Crane

The finished crane.


Reverse fold the central body so it hides down inside the crane and glue it closed for a nicer effect.

This image shows two cranes I folded. The one on the left is the usual Crane. For the one on the right I reverse-folded the body down inside the crane and then used a bit of glue to glue it closed. I like the effect it creates.

If you enjoy folding this origami crane, donations are greatly appreciated.

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Layered Sculpture

I’ve still not been doing much in the papercraft world other than some occasional origami, but lately I’ve been trying to finish off a few projects I’ve had in the works for far too long. While working on one of those projects I ran across this little item I did a number of years ago.

Composed of 132 individual layers

Composed of 132 individual layers

I saw something similar on a website and had to try it myself. I started with a 3D model of a head that I found on the internet and sliced it into layers in my favourite 3D editor (Metasequoia). After arranging and numbering the layers I printed them on cardstock, then cut them out and stacked them up.

If you want to try it yourself you can download the file here: Download Sculpted Head

Edit: On a whim I enlarged the pattern for printing on (or laminating to) 1mm stock, which should result in a figure about 13 cm tall. The tiny one is a challenge, but if you would like to try the larger size here it is: SculptedHead-Large.pdf

Have fun!

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Robots from Descent


Medium Lifter

descent1I’ve added a couple new models to the Downloads page. These are from the video game Descent, released by Interplay in 1995.

Pictured at right is the Medium Lifter, a common and annoying enemy robot in the game. Below is the Light Hulk, a less common, but more annoying enemy robot.

Check out the downloads page and build yours today.

Light Hulk

Light Hulk

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BSG Celestra Now Available



A couple recent requests for the Celestra from Battlestar Galactica have gotten me motivated to get that project finished up. The original release of this model was on the forum at Through a couple hosting changes and misadventures the files for the small version of the Celestra were lost.  I have cleaned up the unfold and made a few revisions and created both lined and unlined versions of the model. The original large version of the model is also included. The assembly instructions are simple, consisting of a set of images indicating part numbers and the general assembly sequence.

If you build it I’d love to have a picture of the finished project to use on the download page.

The models are now available on the Battlestar Galactica page. Get yours today!

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Mocking Jay Pin

A couple months ago I saw the movie “The Hunger Games”. I enjoyed the movie and while digging around on the internet later I ran across pictures of the pin the main character wore. I thought it would be fun to try and make one using layers of paper to build it up. I used one of the pictures as the base and whipped up a pattern over the next couple days as a test.

Boxed set with pin

In the meantime I happened to be in the local Wal-Mart and saw this special boxed edition of the movie that came with a pin and just had to buy it.

The pin that came with the movie was somewhat different than the picture I had based my first version on, so I had to make another one using a photo of my new pin as the base. The results are shown below.

All in all they both turned out well, and both have their appeal. I’ve glued small, strong magnets to the back to use them as fridge magnets. The pin itself has been brushed with a brush on super glue (CA glue) to strengthen it. They are surprisingly tough.

Both versions are available in the downloads section. Enjoy, and if you make one please send me a picture of it. I love to see my work being made by others.

Pin from the boxed set (center) with my v1 (left) and v2 (right)


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Colonial Raptor Updated

Hey there Battlestar Galactica fans. This is just a quick note to let you know that Revell-Fan has updated some of the files for the Colonial Raptor. Apparently there were some extra glue tabs on a couple parts, and a texture problem in the Red Med-evac and Green versions of the raptor. The assembly instructions have been updated slightly as well, and a display stand has been added. The display stand is available in several color schemes, and a plain white version that you can get creative with. Make sure you only print the pages you need.

The BSG Fleet Page has been updated so if you download any of the files from there you will get the most recent version.

If you downloaded the Red or Green versions of the raptor prior to today (Sep 23/12) you can download the appropriate patch file here, or go to the fleet page and get a whole new package.

Patch file for Red Med-evac version

Patch file for Green version



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Colonial Raptor by Revell-Fan

Raptor built by Revell-Fan

Raptor built by Revell-Fan

I’m very excited to announce this latest addition to the Battlestar Galactica Fleet – the Colonial Raptor. Revell-Fan has done a fantastic job developing this kit, and gone the extra mile to make it in four different color schemes. The desert camo scheme is shown here, and the kit is also available in gray, green, and med-evac red. Many thanks to Revell-Fan for another fine addition to the fleet.

Download yours from the Battlestar Galactica Fleet page.

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More Battlestar Galactica Greatness

This week brings some fantastic new additions to the Battlestar Galactica collection, courtesy of Marcell von dem Berge (Revell-Fan). The number of models Marcell is putting out is astounding, and the quality is always excellent. The most exciting addition is the Colonial Warrior Survival Pack. This is a must have collection that includes

Colonial Warrior Blaster by Revell-Fan

Colonial Blaster – A warriors best friend

  • Colonial Warrior Blaster
  • Radiatron
  • Languatron
  • Legboard-Computron
  • Solinite Charges
  • Colonial Cubits
  • Pyramid Card Game

Colonial Warrior Survival Pack

DrZ's Ship by Revell-Fan

DrZ’s Ship by Revell-Fan

Landram Chariot by ASC McLaren

Landram Chariot built by ASC McLaren

Not satisfied with that Marcell also adds the Landram Chariot in three sizes, and Dr Z’s Antigravity Ship.

Grab yours now from the BSG page


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BSG Landram & BSG 75 Emblem

Greetings everyone!

Landram built by Revell-Fan

Landram built by Revell-Fan

New from our friend Revell-Fan is the Landram, a troop transport/tank from the original Battlestar Galactica series. Available in three sizes, and in an alternate A-Team color scheme this model is sure to please all Battlestar Galactica fans.

Now available in the BSG Downloads.

Finished BSG 75 Emblem

Finished BSG 75 Emblem

Also new in the BSG Downloads is the Battlestar Galactica BSG 75 emblem. A must-have trinket for all BSG fans. Go get yours now.







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New BSG Fleet additions

A number of new ships have been added to the Battlestar Galactica Fleet pack. forum member Scott Warner ran across my request for missing files and sent me copies he had.  Trent Henry also graciously granted me permission to host copies of his Cloud 9 and Berserk models here: The full list of additions is:

Cloud 9 by Trent Henry.
Cylon Heavy Raider
The Platform ship small version
Berserk Battlestar by Trent Henry and Jaybats
The Colonial Defender

Head over to the Fleet Pack page and download yours now. And by all means send me build pics. I’d love to hear from anyone that has built any of these models. If I get pictures I’ll even start a guest gallery of builds people have done.

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