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I'm Valiero and I recently created my first paper toy. It's an astronaut, and even though I finished it and it looks about right, I have many questions about what would be the best way to get there.

I started by watching all the Google Skeptchup videos, then I made a 3D model. Then I tried pepakura but it was just an unholy mess, the logic of which I could not wrap my head around. So I gave it up and made the whole thing with paper, scissors and tape.
And then I reported everything into a clean pattern file on Illustrator. Ready to print.

I'm trying to make it as practical as possible before releasing it into the wild. For now, I'm worried it may be too convoluted and/or messy for people other than me to assemble it.Are there things better done one way or another?

Here are a few specifics :

-I have several parts which only connect to each other by glueing two flat surfaces together. (the torso glued to the legs, the gloves to the arms)
It alows me to avoid a lot of tiny millimeters folds and flaps.
Is that ok? Is it frowned upon?

-When joining two sides of a volume, is it better to put all the flaps on one side, or to alternate one on each? What way is more practical and/or sturdier?

-On small parts, is it okay not to have flaps on every side, if only one suffices to keep the, say, cube together? It makes for some slightly less clean lines, but it avoid a big unnecessary mess too.

If I posted the (temporary) template file here, would someone be able to spot the rookie mistakes I certainely made, and give me some pointers?

Thank you for your time!

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I think it's a little difficult to advise on that without seeing the template, but one thing:

There are so many free templates for many different things on the web and you can learn a lot by looking at them. How did they solve the problem? How do they make the flaps? What other ways are there to connect parts? (like slots...)

I bet it would help you to study a few of the templates out there, and you will also see that there are different 'styles' for how to solve those problems, too!

And if you want to be sure before you make the template available, you could try to ask a friend to test it out and then point out the difficulties.

Good luck!


Ah, and of course congratulations to your first paper toy! :-D

>glueing two flat surfaces together.

That's fine but I thought the extra surface would ADD to the thickness. If not, bonus!

-What way is more practical and/or sturdier?

I've heard alternating makes it sturdier but sometimes this is less practical/harder to assemble. Whichever works best for you.

>flaps on every side

I personally prefer it but it depends on the model and its usage. It would be less sturdy but may not be necessary on a static model.

>spot the rookie mistakes

I'm a rookie myself but I'm always glad to help a fellow crafter.

Interesting model btw. Is it articulated?


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