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Poseable Paper Knight to download and make. This paper project has movable arms and head as well as a removable shield. Make the model and set him up to guard your valuable possession!

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The parts file come in both colour and uncoloured version. Print out the version of your choice onto thin card (230gsm / 67lb)

Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.


Check out the YouTube clip!


Some of the parts are made from double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down. Once the glue is dry, carefully cut them out.


The shield is slightly different. Glue the two parts together but before the glue is dry curve the shield across its width. Once the glue is dry, cut out the shield.


Glue together the two parts of the head. There is a very short black line on the top of the head which should line up roughly with the seam at the back of the head.


Roll the neck inner into a circular tube and glue the tabs to the inside top of the head.


Glue the three plumes to the top of the head.


Assemble the neck outer and glue on the body top. Again, a small black line lines up with the seam on the neck.


Glue the body top to the body lining up the two seams.


Both arms work in the same way.

Thread the tabbed washer through the arm. Glue one of the circles to the tabs. Make sure that the glue is only on the tabs so that the circle is free to turn.


Flip the arm over and glue on the second circle lining it up as accurately as possible with the first one.


Glue the two hinged pieces to the circles on the grey areas.


Repeat the process with the other arm. Make sure that the tabs/circles assembly is able to turn.


Thread the arms through the slots in the body and glue the tabs to the inside of the body. The arm should now be free to move up and down.


Repeat with the other arm.


Glue the sword to the hand. Glue the hand front into place.


Slot the head into position.


Roll up and glue down the legs.


Join together the two leg supporter parts.


Glue the two legs into the leg support. Widest part of the leg is at the top.


Glue the front tab of the leg support to the inside front of the body.


Glue the shield holder to the shield positioning it by holding the shield in position over the hand.


Glue the two feet to the legs.


Ta daa!


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The Paper Hen is the first part in a two part project. First project, make a Hen, second bring it to life!

Project 1: The Paper Hen makes a delightful stand-alone project which looks great on mantelpiece or next to your computer. You can also use it as part of your own automata designs. Try mashing up the Hen with one of the many Essential Mechanisms.

Members and Patrons and download the parts for free, non-members can join in the fun for £2.00.


Print out the parts onto thin card (230micron/67lb). Sheet 1 has all the parts for the Hen, Sheet 2 is a grassy knoll for the Hen to stand on, You can just as easily stick the Hen to any other suitable piece of coloured card and save one sheet of printing.

Score along the dotted and dashed lines and carefully cut out around the wing edges before cutting out the pieces.


Fold up and glue the two legs as shown. Don't glue the knee bend yet.


Glue together the head top and sides.


Fold over and glue down the comb to make double thickness card leaving the end tabs unglued.

Once the glue has dried carefully cut out the comb.


Glue the comb to the centre top of the head with the smallest bump at the front.


Glue together the body sides and top.


Glue in the body front starting front the top of the neck.


Assemble the leg block and glue it into position just inside the body front.


Glue the legs to the leg block.


Overlap the two feet and glue the toes on top of each other in the position shown. This will give the legs a more natural look than if they are lined up exactly side to side.


Glue the knees into position so that the feet stand flat on the table top and the Hen is not leaning to one side.


The leg stop prevents the Hen from tipping over backwards. Position it so that the Hen has a natural posture when in its upright position.


Finish off the model by gluing the head into position.

Ta daa! Show your delightful Paper Hen to your amazed friends!

In the next project we'll be bringing the Paper Hen to life.


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Twitch Mouse. An animated model to download and make. Turn the handle and the mouse twitches his cute little nose! Awww!


You can see the mouse in action on this YouTube clip.


Paid members can download the parts for free from the link. Thanks for signing up. If you are not a member you can join in the fun by becoming a member here or by paying £2.50 to download this kit via the shopping cart.

Download the parts and print them out onto thin card. (230gsm / 67lb) There are two version of the model. Colour and un-coloured. The coloured model is printed on both sides of the sheet. Print the front, flip the card, return it to the printer then print the back.

Score the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.


Fold round and glue the cam shaft outer.


Fold over and glue down the cam to make double thickness card. Once the glue is dry carefully cut it out.


Fit the cam to the cam shaft outer lining it up with the grey line.


Roll up and glue down the two round tubes lining up the edge with the points of the triangles.


Fold round and glue together the cam follower.


Glue the flap to the cam follower then wrap it round the short tube and glue it down.


Wrap a small coin (20mm diameter - 4gram weight) tightly in an off-cut of card.


Glue the coin in position on the cam follower.


Assemble the handle in three steps as shown.


Fold round and glue the tabs on the box tops . The triangle tubes are right angled triangles.


Fold the tabs round on the box sides and glue them down making equilateral triangle tubes.


Glue the side to the base. Note that the holes in the sides are closest to the base.


Glue the top into position and glue the box closed.


Hold the square tube in position and push the the circular tube into place. No need to use glue as friction will hold it into place.


Glue the push-rod to the cam follower.


Thread the push rod up through the hole in the box top and glue the cam follower to the front of the box.


Complete the box by gluing the handle into place.


Roll round and glue down the head of the mouse. Glue up the darts in the two ears.


Glue the front legs to the body front.


Glue the two parts of the body back together.


Glue the two pieces of the body together using the grey area for alignment.


Glue on the back legs. Glue the tail to the back of the body.


Glue the head tab to the front of the body. The mouse head will be free to nod up and down.


Turn the handle on the box so that the cam is at its lowest position. Glue the head tab to the push rod so that the head is level or slightly downward pointing.


That's it! Once the glue is dry, turn the handle and the Twitch Mouse twitches his cute little nose.

There's a block of cheese to make as well - hey, it is a mouse.


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Bellows and Crank Bird Box to download and make. Turn the handle and the crank drives the bellows making the pipe whistle.
If you are a member you can download this model for free at the link. Thanks for signing up!


Download the files and print out the parts. The first page is the bellows, this is printed on normal printer paper. The remaining three sheets should be printed onto thin card. (230 gsm / 67lb) I used coloured card to make a colourful model. You could use white, coloured or patterned card for your model.

Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces. Paper pipes must be made as accurately as possible if they are to work properly. Take care!

Check out the YouTube video of the completed model.


Fold over and glue down the crank ends to make double thickness card then cut them out.


Roll up the tubes and glue them down lining up the ends with the arrow points.


Assemble the push rod with the centre tube in position .


Assemble the two crank parts as shown.


Glue together the crank pieces. The push rod should be free to rotate.


Fold up and glue together the three parts of the bellows. Make them as accurately as possible so no air leaks out from the joints.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Glue the hinge to the bell crank as shown.


Fold round and glue together the bell crank.


Assemble the linkage


Assemble the cross piece.


Glue the linkage to the bell crank as shown.


Glue the bell crank to the cross piece.


Glue together the pipe body and pipe end, Take care to make sure there are no holes in the joints and everything is lined up accurately.


Glue the cover to the pipe lining up the tab crease as accurately as possible with the bottom of the pipe body.


The slide is an optional extra. In future versions it will be connected to the mechanism to allow the bird whistle to change pitch. In this model it allows you to change the pitch of the whistle manually.


Fit the slide over the pipe as shown.


Assemble the box back by folding up the sides to make right angled triangle tubes.

Glue the pipe over the hole in the box back. Don't glue the slide down.


Assemble the box front as shown


Glue together the box top and box base. Note the the tabs fold over to make equilateral triangle tubes.


Assemble the bellows plate making three equilateral triangle tubes


Glue one side of the bellows to the box front. Note the position of the pipe hole.


Glue the bellows plate into position as shown.


Once the glue is dry you should be able to test the bellows and hear the pipe sound.


Glue the box base to the bellows assembly. Note the position of the circular holes.


Glue the box top to the bellows. Again note the position of the hole in the part.


Glue the box front to the box top noting the orientation of the parts


Glue the base to the front.


Hold everything square and glue down the tabs on the box top.


This picture shows how the bell crank assembly will fit into the box.


Thread the bell crank assembly into place in the box then glue the cross piece to the box top.


Glue one of the box base side into position and glue down the tab on the box front.


Thread the crank into position with the tab towards the front of the box.

Glue the push rod tab to the bell crank end.


Glue the link to the top of the bellows plate as shown.


Complete the model by gluing the handle into place.


Ta daa! Turn the handle to hear the pipes tweet. Share the delightful sound with your friends and colleagues. #TrueLove tells me it is a charming sound and she loves to hear it over and over and over again. Honest.


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Dog's Dinner. Turn the handle and the cam powered dog munches enthusiastically in his bowl.

Members can download the parts for free at the link. Thanks for signing up. Non-members can download the parts file for £2.50

The parts file comes in both colour and un-coloured version. Choose the one you are making and print out the parts onto thin card. (230 gsm / 67lb) The colour version is printed on both sides. Print out the front, flip the card and return it to the printer and print out the back.

Once the ink is dry, score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.

Nom, nom nom!

Fold over the legs to make double thickness card then once the glue is dry cut them out.


Repeat with the rear legs.


Assemble the neck as shown.


Glue the neck into the body. Line up the body tab with the crease line and the bottom of the neck with the small lines on the lower edge of the body.


Tuck in and glue the neck as shown.


Glue on the body back.


Glue on the tail.


Thread the rear leg link through the holes on the body and glue the legs to the tabs so that they are free to rock back and forth.


Fold over and glue down the front leg support to make double thickness card.

Glue it to the tab at the bottom end of the neck so that the crease line runs along the middle of the support.


Assemble the head as shown.


Glue on the eyes.


Assemble the cam.


Thread the cam on to the axle tube and glue it down.


Roll up the axle tube gluing it down so that the ends lined up with the points of the arrows


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Glue together the top and bottom of the box.


Glue the push rod support to the underside of the box top.


Assemble the sides.


Glue the sides to the top as shown. Note that the round holes should be furthest away from the box top and the largest square hole is at the front of the top near the bowl circle.


Glue in the base.


Glue the ends of the box into place.


Thread the axle tube into place as shown.


Assemble the dog bowl.


Glue the dog bowl to the top of the box.


Roll a penny (20mm diameter coin 4 gram weight) in an off-cut of card and glue it to the inside of the head. Assemble the head inner triangle and glue it to the inside back of the head.


Glue the head to the neck tab.


Glue the rear legs to the base so that the head hands into the middle of the bowl.


Assemble the push rod. Thread it up through the hole in the box top and glue the end to the back of the front-leg support.


Thread the front leg tabs under the edge of the bowl without gluing them down.


Glue the front legs between the front leg tabs and the front leg holder.

Finish off the model by gluing on the handle.


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An animated Paper Caterpillar to print out and make! Turn the handle on this delightful model and the caterpillar creeps ever forward.
In the base of the box is a double crank and a pair of bell cranks which drive the creature in its lifelike movement.

Members can of course download the parts for free at the link, thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50

Print out the parts onto thin card, 230gsm / 67lb. Note that the colour version in the file is printed back and front. Print out the front, flip the card over and return it to the printer then print out the back. Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.



Fold over the push rod ends and glue them down making double thickness card. Once the glue is dry cut them out.


Fold over the caterpillar head to make double thickness card then cut it when the glue is dry.


Roll up the four tubes lining up the edges with the points of the arrows as accurately as possible.


Assemble the two push rods as shown gluing the push rod ends into position with a long tube through the holes as shown.


Assemble the crank centre.


Assemble the two crank side pieces.


Fit the two push rod tubes into the crank centre gluing then into place. Make sure that the push rods are free to rotate. Note the positioning of the tabs at the ends of the push rods.


Fit the two crank pieces into place, then glue in the two remaining tubes.


Fold up and glue together the pairs of tubes that make up the bell cranks.


Glue them together as shown.


Assemble the cross beam. Glue the tabs of the bell crank to the cross beam. Line up the tab of the short section of the bell crank between the grey lines.


Assemble the box sides as shown. The sides are folded up to make right angled triangles.


Assemble the two box top parts as shown.


Assemble the base, making triangle tubes as shown.


Join the two tops to the tabs on the two sides.


Fold the sides over and glue to the base.

Glue down the flaps from the top sides and one of the flaps from the base. Leave the remaining base flap open as shown.


Assemble the slider inner and thread on the two sliders.


Fit the slider into place in the top. The slider tubes should be free to move freely back and forth.


Glue the grey section of the tab on the short arm of the bell crank to the inside of one of the sliders as shown. Glue the cross beam into place between the grey areas on the box sides.
As the long arm on the bell crank is lifted up and down the slider tube should move back and forth.


Repeat the process with the other bell crank.


Fit the crank through the far hole in the box. Glue the push rod tabs to the bell cranks.


Fold up and glue down the remaining box side.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Fit the handle to the box. Once the glue is dry, test the movemnt by turning the handle.


The parts of the caterpillar are numbered. Assemble part one.


Assemble the two parts of section two.


The next few sections are all made the same way. Fold and glue as shown.


Glue the parts together in order.


Assemble the final section.


...and glue it into place


Turn the handle so that the bell cranks are level and the sliders are centred as shown.


Glue the caterpillar front and back to the two slider tubes so that it is lying flat.


Glue the head to the front of the body.


Ta daa! Turn the handle to bring the caterpillar to life.


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Running Dog. Turn the handle and see the dog run powered via the mesh gears and crank mechanism

Watch the running dog in action in this YouTube video!

The running dog is based on the Mesh Gear / Crank mkii Essential Mechanism. All the parts, including the Mesh Gear Crank are included in the Running Dog file. Members can download the parts file for free at the link, non members can join in the fun for £2.50

Download and print out the parts onto thin card. (230 gsm / 67lb is about right) Score along the dotted lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.

You will need to construct the Mesh Gear / Crank first, instructions are here.


Once you have completed the box it is time to construct the dog.

Start by assembling the neck and body then gluing them together as shown.


Glue the leg supports into the body with the front piece to the front and the back piece to the back. Make sure that the glued section is upright.


Assemble the stand and glue it into the body.


Fold up and glue down the two linkage pieces as shown so that the short section is made from double thickness card.


Glue the linkages to the leg supports so that they just clear the stand piece.


Make up the four legs by folding them over to make double thickness card then cutting them out. Make the paws in the same way and glue them to the tabs on the ends of the legs.


Assemble the head and ears.


Make up the tail from double thickness card and glue it to the back of the body


Glue the legs to the small tabs on the leg support (arrowed)

Line up the leg so that the centre top of the leg is over the hinge in the leg support. (dotted cross)


Repeat the same process with the front legs.

When you pull the linkages the legs should move up and down freely.


Glue the head to the neck.


Glue on the eyes and nose.


Fit the dog to the top of the main drive shaft gluing it into position .

Glue the two linkages to the top of the box to complete the model.


Turn the handle to see Spot run!


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Shark Attack!

A pop up shark card for you to download and make! Members can download the parts from the link for free, thanks for signing up!

Follow the instructions below and soon you'll have your very own pop up Shark Attack card!

Print out the two parts sheets onto thin card. (230 gsm /67lb) Notice that the second sheet is printed on the front and back. Print out the front, flip the card and return it to the printer then print out the back. Once the ink is completely dry score along all the dotted and dashed lines then carefully cut out the parts.


Fold up and glue the head upper piece.


Glue the teeth to the inside of the mouth.


Glue the teeth to the inside of the lower jaw.


Glue the tongue to the grey area on the back board.


Glue the head and lower jaw into place. Close the card before the glue is fully dry to make sure that all the parts are lined up.


Glue the two fins to grey areas next to the head. Give them a slight curl to lift them from the backboard.


Finish the card by gluing the two eyes into position.


Open the card to reveal the terrifying shark within!


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A Poseable Dog to download, print-out ad make. This delightful canine has movable legs, head and tail, the perfect desktop companion who never needs you to take him for a walk!

The parts file is available for members to download for free at the link. Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50.

Print out the parts sheet onto thin card (230gsm / 67lb). Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.

 

 


The tail, legs and paws are all made from double thickness card. Fold over the pieces and glue them down. Make sure that the small tabs on the legs are lifted up and not glued.

 


Once the glue is dry carefully cut out the pieces.

 


Thread the tabbed tail piece through the hole in the tail and fold the tabs flat on the other side.

Glue the cover to the tabs on the other side of the tail. Make sure you don't get any glue on the tail itself, these circular pieces must be free to turn inside the tail hole.

 


Glue the second tail cover into place on the back of the tail then glue the two creased pieces to the two covers so that they are lined up with each other.

 


Assemble the body as shown.

 


Thread the tail out of the body from the inside then glue the two semi-circular tabs to the inside of the body so that the top of the circle lines up with the crease line in the body.

 


Glue the wide paws to the front legs...

 


...and the narrow paws to the rear legs.

 


Glue the neck into place in the body, use the grey areas for alignment.

 


Thread the leg tabs into place through the holes in the body and fix them into place with a couple of small dots of glue on the tabs glued to the 'L' cover circles. The legs should be free to move.

 


Fit the rest of the legs in the same way.

 


Fit the head covers into place as shown.

 


Glue the body front into position.

 


Assemble the head.

 


Glue the head to the head cover circles. The head should be free to nod up and down once the glue is dry.

 


Glue on the eyes.

 


Laminate the two layers of the ears together curving them into shape before the glue dries.

Once the glue is dry cut out the ears.

 


Glue the two ears to the head as shown.

 


Once the glue is dry your new best friend is complete! Woof!


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Rise of the Mammals.

Turn the handle and the slightly scared mouse holds her ground in the face of the blue dinosaur! The mechanism is powered by a combination of two stage gear box for the dinosaur and cam to drive the mouse.


You can see the completed smodel in animated action of this YouTube video.

Members can download the parts for free at the link. Thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50.

Print out the parts onto thin card (230gsm /67lb)

Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the various holes before carefully cutting out the parts.

 


The gears are made up from double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down. Once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.


Roll up the various tubes carefully lining up their ends with the arrow points and gluing them into place.


Make up the two crank pieces.


Fit one of the crank pieces into the large gear with the off-centre square hole. The short end of the crank goes through the hole.


Make up the push rod ends from double thickness card. Once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.


Thread the longer of the three crank tubes through the two push rod ends. Glue the push rod ends to the push rod.


Assemble the crank unit as shown.

Fit the two shorter crank tubes into the ends of the crank pieces. (Not shown on this picture)


Fit the small gear to the grey line on the long square tube and thread the long axle into place as shown. Use a dab of glue to stop the tube rotating.


Glue the two cam pieces to the axle.


Assemble the box top and bottom as shown - the side pieces are right angled triangles.


Fit the centre piece into the hole in the box base.


Glue the tabbed small gear to the end of the link tube.


Thread the axle through the centre piece and glue the large gear to the link tube.


Take the two box end pieces. Fold the tabs round and glue them down to make triangular tubes.

Fit the box end to the base. Fit the axle into place as shown.


Fold up and glue the box end into place as shown.


Repeat the process at the other end with the other box end and the crank assembly.


Fit the box top into place threading the push rod up through the hole.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Fit the handle to the box. Once the glue is dry you can test the mechanism to make sure it it s working properly.


Make up the rear legs and feet as shown.


Glue the feet to the grey areas on the box top.


Assemble the body inner as shown.


Glue the body inner to the body top between the two small arrows on the body top.


Glue the side pieces to the top.

Line the tabs up next to each other.


Finish gluing the tabs together along the length of the body.


Glue the body inner to the inside of the body lining it up with the top of the cut outs in the body sides.


Glue the neck push rod to the link piece.

Glue the link piece to the moving part of the body inner as shown.


Glue the other end of the push rod to the head tab.


Glue the two leg pads into place.


Glue the body front onto place.


Glue the head to the head tab.

Glue the arms into place.


Assemble the mouse as shown.


Fold over the body stand and glue it down.

Glue the tabs to the inside of the mouse body.


Thread the mouse stand down through the hole in the box then roll round and glue down the piece to make the cam follower end.


Glue the dinosaur front to the push rod end.


Glue the leg pads to the inside of the legs.


Turn the handle to bring the past to life!


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