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Just in time for Christmas! Turn the handle on the Flying Santa and his arms flap as he bobs and swoops through the frosty winter air. Three flaps for each bob. Ho ho ho!

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


Print the parts out onto thin card. 230 gsm / 67lb. The coloured version of the kit is printed on both sides of the sheet. Print one side, flip the card over then print the other side on the back.

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


Notice that the nose and moustache are cut round the edges and lifted out a little to give a 3D effect.

Roll the head round and glue it down.


Curve the hat into a cone and thread it up through the head. Glue the bobble into place.


Glue the small tab to the back of the head.


Fold over and glue down the arms and legs to make double thickness card.


Fold over and glue together the push rod ends and cams to make double thickness card.


Cut them out once the glue is dry


Glue the arm push rod to the arm as shown.


Fold up the body inner.


Glue together the three parts of the body.

Fit the body inner into the body.


Thread the arm push rods and arms through the holes in the side of the body and glue them to the tab. Make sure that the arms are free to flap up and down.


Glue the tab on the back of the head to the grey area on the back of the body.


Assemble the leg support parts and glue the legs into position.


Glue the legs into the body.


Roll up and make the various tubes lining up their edges with the arrow points.


Assemble the push rod. Glue the push rod end into place with the shortest tube threaded into position.


Assemble the two crank pieces.


Thread the two cams onto the crank pieces and glue them down.


Glue the crank pieces to the centre axle. Make sure that they are lined up.


Fit the two axle tubes into place.


Glue together the two parts of the cam follower. Thread the cam follower tube into place and glue it down.


Make up the four spaces by folding in half and gluing down the small rectangles making four double thickness squares.


Thread the cam follower down onto the push rod. Don't glue it! It must be free to move up and down. Glue two spacers into place on the end of the slider tube as shown.


Slide the other two slider tubes into place. Glue the two remaining spacer pieces onto the second slider tube as shown.


Assemble the link pieces and use them to join together the two spacer pieces on each side. Make sure no glue gets onto the centre slider tube.


Assemble the box top and box base by make triangle section tubes.


Assemble the two box sides by making right angle triangle tubes.


Join the four box pieces together. Use the picture to ensure they are in the correct order.


Thread the push rod assembly up through the box top and glue the centre slider tube to the box top tab.

Fit the axles through the holes in the box sides.


Fold up and complete the box keeping everything as square as possible.


Assemble the handle in three steps as shown.


Glue the handle into place. Notice that the cam follower assembly is at the front and the handle is on the right.


Tightly fold up a couple pennies (4 grams each 20mm diameter) into an off-cut of card.


Glue the coin bundle to the front of the cam follower.


Thread Santa down onto the top of the push rod. He should be facing towards the front where the cam follower and coins are.

Glue the ends of the arm push rods to the top slider tube.


That should do it! Turn the handle and Santa will flap his arms three times for each time he swoops. Ho ho ho!

 


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Co-axial Gear.
Essential Mechanism.™
Here's an interesting mechanism for you to download and make! Turn the handle on the front of the box and the planetary gear reduces the output speed by half.
Use it as a stand-alone paper mechanism or as the drive for your own paper animation kit.
Members can download the parts for free from the link, non-members can join in the fun for £2.50

 


Print out the parts onto thin card (230 micron / 67lbs) Coloured card makes for a colourful model.

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


The four gears are made of double thickness card. fold them in half and glue them down. Once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.

 

 


Roll up various tubes and glue them down, carefully line up the ends with the arrow.

 


Assemble the two parts of the cross piece.

 


Fit the long 8mm tube into the cross piece lining it with the square tube between the two grey lines.

 


Glue the other two 8mm tubes into place.

 


Fit the square section into the pinion gear then fit the short tube into place using the grey lines for alignment. Repeat the process with the second pinion gear.

 


Thread the pinion gears over the 8mm tubes. They should turn freely. Glue the end stops on to hold the pinion in place without stopping them from turning.

 


The completed pinion assembly.

 


Glue the four spacers to the grey areas on the large fixed gear. Fold the spacers up and glue them to make a shallow box.

 


Assemble the box front and back.

 


Glue the fixed gear into place in the hole in the box back.

 


Thread the pinion assembly into place so that the gears mesh with the fixed gear. The assembly should be free to rotate.

 


Fit the square tube into place in the large gear using the grey line for alignment.

Fit and glue the remaining tube into place lining it up with the end of the square tube.

 


Fit the large gear into place as shown. Don't glue it! It should be free to turn over the pnion assembly.

 


Assemble the two box ends.

 


Thread the box front into place over the axle.

Glue the two box ends into place as shown.

 


Assemble the handle in three steps.

 


Glue the handle to the shaft as shown. Let the glue dry completely.

Turn the handle and the mechanism turns the output shaft at half the speed of rotation of the handle.

 


To make it easier to see the rotation of the output shaft assemble this push-to-fit hand. Once the glue is dry, slip it over the output shaft.

 

 


The input and output shafts are lined up so you can daisy chain more than one of the mechanisms. Each gear divides the rotation by a further two times.


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Another of my designs from the Brother International website. Pull up the body on the easy to make paper girl and the arms raise upwards. Way hay!


Everyone can download and make the paper girl for free from the Brother website here.


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Shark Attack!

Turn the handle and the sharks circle menacing around the boat. Duuh duh! Duuh duh!

This model uses a variant of the mesh gear essential mechanism which I will shortly be releasing as a stand alone project.

Paid subscribers to robives.com can download the model for free at the link, thanks for your support! Non-members can download the parts file for £2.50


The model comes in both coloured and non-coloured versions. Print out the one you choose onto thin card. (230gsm/67lb is ideal) Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.


Fold over the gears to make double thickness card and glue them down.


Once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.


Roll up the three axle tubes carefully lining up the edges with the arrows as shown.


Fit the pinion gear into the pinion tube lining it up with the grey line and gluing it into place with the tabs.

Fit the 8mm tube into the square tube lining it up between the two grey lines.


Fit the gear shaft into the large gear and thread in the 9mm axle tube so that it lines up at the bottom face of the gear.


Fold round and glue the base piece leaving the ends unglued. Fit the base spacer into position. The end of a chop stick can be handy for reaching inside the base when gluing the tabs on the spacer down.


Glue closed to complete the base.


Fold up and glue the box front and box back. Note that the long triangle tube is a right angled triangle.


Crease the score lines on the box sides in preparation for assembly.

Note the four grey alignment arrows, arrowed in the picture.


Glue the two sides to the base between the alignment arrows.


With the two sides glued into place, glue and push home the 7mm tube.


Fit the large gear over the 7mm tube. It should be free to turn smoothly.


Glue the box front to one of the box sides. Make sure you glue it to one of the edges closest to the rectangular holes in the side pieces.


Join the box front to the other box side.


Fit the axle support between the two box sides making sure that the circular hole is facing towards the front of the box.


Thread the pinion gear into place between the box front and the axle support.


Glue the box back into place.


Thread the box top down over the vertical axle tubes and glue the top into place.


Assemble the handle in three steps as shown.


Glue the handle to the pinion shaft.

Once the glue is dry turning the handle should turn the outer of the two vertical shafts. The centre vertical shaft should remain stationary.


Glue together the rotating disk and tube.


Make up the shark fins from double thickness card. Once the glue has dried carefully cut them out.


Glue the fins to the disk. The wake pattern on the disk should be behind the fin.


Fit the rotating disk to the outer vertical tube. Turn the handle and test that the disk turns properly.


Assemble the boat stand and boat stand inner.


Fit the boat stand to the inner vertical tube.


Assemble the two parts of the boat.


Fit the boat onto the boat stand, you won't need to glue it down.


Assemble the boater man from double thickness card.


Glue him into the back of the boat to complete the model.

Turn the handle to see the sharks circle menacingly round the boat!


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A paper dinosaur to print out and make.

Members can download the parts for free at the link, thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50. There are three versions in the download, two coloured and one line only version for you to print out on your choice of coloured or patterned card. Print out the dinosaur onto thin card (210gsm / 67lb) Score along the dotted and dashed lines and carefully cut out the parts.


Fold round and glue down the bottom tab of the centre piece.


Note these two marks on the body top...


Glue the centre piece to the body top between the two marks.


Starting from the end of the neck (arrowed), glue the two sides into place.


Work your way right down to the tail end gluing the tabs down two or three at a time.


Glue the two tail parts together using the tabs.


Using the small arrows for alignment, glue the body front into place.


The legs and feet are made from double thickness card. Fold the pieces over and glue them together. Once the glue has dried carefully cut out the pieces.

Glue the legs to the feet.


Glue the legs to the body on the grey areas.


Assemble the head then glue it to the top tab. Make up the eyes from double thickness card and glue them into place.


The arms are also double thickness. Once you have made them and cut them out, shape them gently for a realistic pose then glue them into place.


The paper dinosaur could be a good starting point to design your own animated paper character!


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The crank slider is a combination of two mechanisms, a crank and unsuprisingly a slider. It makes a useful starting point model for your paper animation projects. Build the mechanism then fit a flying bird or a leaping cat or perhaps even a writhing snake!

The model is free to download for all members. Non-members can download the parts for £2.00


Print out the two pages onto thin card (230 micron-67lb) Score the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.

 


Fold the crank ends over and glue them down to make double thickness card. Once the glue is dry carefully cut out the parts.


Assemble the the two crank parts as shown.


Roll up the three axle tubes. Line up the edges with the the small triangles.


Assemble the push rod. Glue the push rod ends into place with the short axle tube threaded into position.


Glue the two crank parts and the two axle tubes into position.


Glue up the two box sides as shown.


Glue up the box top and base as shown.


Glue together the four parts of the box. Note that the holes in the box sides go furthest away from the box top .


Assemble and glue the slider tube into position.


Thread the push rod up through the slider tube. Fit the box onto the crank and glue the box closed.


Glue the front and back flaps into position.


Assemble the handle.


Finish off the box by gluing the handle into position.


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Turn the handle, the gears mesh and the cams turn. On top of the box the hippo slowly opens her mouth wide in a leisurely yawn whilst the bird flits back and forth looking for insects to peck.

Paid members can download and make this model for free from the link. Non-members can download the parts for £2.50UKP

Once you have downloaded the file, print out the parts onto six sheets of thin card. 230gsm or 67lb is about the right weight.

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


Fold round and glue the side of the box top and base to make right angled triangles.


Fold of the end of the box end to make triangular tubes.


Repeat the process with the other two box ends.


Join the three parts together to make the other box end.


The two box ends are different lengths. Use the grey glue areas on the sides of the top and base to work out which end goes where then glue together the four parts as shown. Leave one side open as in the picture.


Glue the head support into place.


Fold over and glue down the ear ends to make double thickness card. Once the glue is dry cut out the ears.


Curve round and glue together the head. Notice how the nostrils stick up. You did cut them out didn't you?


Roll round the two small rectangles to make toothy pegs.


Glue the teeth into the head with approximately three millimetres protruding.


Glue the head push rod to the inside of the head. Line up the end of the long tab with the crease arrowed in the picture.


Assemble the cam follower and glue the tab to the inside front of the box.

Glue the head to the head stand.

Thread the push rod down through the hole and glue the end to the cam follower.


Wrap a coin in a off-cut of card. (I used a UK penny. One Euro cent or Dollar cent is also ideal)

Glue it to the underside of the cam follower. The extra weight will ensure good contact between the cam follower and the cam.


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


Fold over and glue down the big gear and the two cams to make double thickness card. Let the glue dry completely.


Cut out the gear and cams. If you choose to you can cut out the six holes in the big gear to make spokes. It looks nice but is not necessary, you decide!


Glue the teeth of the small gear into place on the grey areas of the gear back sheet. Leave the ends unglued as shown in the picture.


Glue the two gear inners back to back then glue them to the yellow axle lining them up with the grey line nearest the end of the square tube.


Roll round and glue down the teeth round the gear inner.


Glue the ends closed then glue in the tooth ends to complete the gear.


Roll up the two axle tubes lining up the ends with the arrows along their length.

 


Push the yellow round axle into place in the tube

Thread the three lobed cam into place and glue it into place lining it up with the central grey line for alignment.


Assemble the large gear wheel in the same way. The gear lines up with the line closest to the side of the square tube, the cam lines up with the more central grey line.

Make sure that you put the cam on the correct way round, use the picture as a reference.


Fit the two gears into the box. Fold round and glue closed the box fronts to locate the gears into position.


Assemble the bird stand. Glue the tab into place on the grey area.


Thread the bird stand up through the box top and the hippo body.


Glue the tab onto the grey area on top of the hippo.


Glue the bird to the end of the bird stand as shown.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Complete the model by gluing handle into place.


Turn the handle and bring your model life!

You can see the model in animated action in this Instagram video:


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A simple paper gearbox to download and make. The input gear has eight teeth, the output gear has twenty two teeth giving a gear reduction ratio of 4:11 or almost 1:3

The finished model can be used as a simple to make gear in it own right or as the starting point for your own charater based paper automata projects. Members can download the parts for free at the link. Non-members can download the parts for £2.50

 


Print the four parts sheets onto thin card. (230 micron/67lb) The parts are not coloured. You can make the model more colourful by printing out the parts onto coloured card.

Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes with the a sharp knife before carefully cutting out the parts.


The big gear is made from double thickness card. Fold the card in half and glue it down. Leave it to dry completely under a heavy book to keep it flat. Once dry, carefully cut out the gear and fit the square section shaft into place.


On the other shaft fit the two small gear centres glued back to back as shown.


Glue the teeth down on the grey areas leaving the two ends un-glued.


Glue the teeth to the gear centre following the steps in the pictures.


Fold up the base and top of the box to make right angled triangles.


Fold in and glue down the various tabs on the box end.


Assemble the three parts of the other box end and repeat the process of gluing the tabs down.


Glue the four box parts together.


Fold round and close the box. Don't glue the sides in yet.


Roll up and glue down the two axle tubes lining up the ends of the tubes with the arrows on the tube sides.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Thread the axle tubes into place inside the square section tubes on the two gears. Use the two grey lines for positioning.

Fit the two gears into place with the small gear at the smaller end of the box. Fold and glue down the box sides and glue down the various remaining tabs to complete the box.

Finish off the model by gluing the handle to the shaft with the small gear.

Check out this Instagram animation to see the gear box in action. I'll be using use mechanism at the heart of my forthcoming hippo model. What will you use yours for?


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Turn the handle on the Ski Rex and watch our prehistoric friend indulge in a bit of cross country skiing!

This model is actually a mash-up of the double crank box model and the pose-able T. Rex with added skis poles and a bit of colour! I've put all the parts into one file in both coloured and uncoloured form. If you are a member you can download the parts for free at the link. Non-members can download the parts for £2.50



Let's get started!

Print out the pages onto thin card. (230 micron / 67lb) Score along the dotted and dashed lines then cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts. There are six sheets in this model.


Start by making the T. Rex

Glue together the four parts that make the body.


Assemble the head upper, gluing the head inners into place (Deep red in the picture) make sure the tabs on the head inners are folded inwards as shown.


Glue together the tongue support.


Glue the tongue support into the assembled lower jaw.

Curve the tongue round and glue it to the tongue support.


The arms and legs are double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down leaving the tabs unglued. Once the glue is dry, cut out the parts.


Fit the legs into the body. Glue one of the large disks to the leg tabs. Make sure that the leg is free to move as the glue dries.


Repeat this process with the arms. Use the small disks to secure them.


Thread the tabs from the head inner through the holes in the lower jaw and then into the body. Glue the remaining disks over the tabs making sure that the head and jaw can move.


Glue on the eyes and the feet to complete the T. Rex. Set her to one side as you start on the box.


Assemble the two short crank pieces.


Assemble the long centre crank piece.


Fold up and glue down the four push rod ends to make double thickness card. Once the glue is dry cut out the hole and then cut out the pieces.


Roll round and glue down the four pins lining up the edges with the end of the grey area.


Assemble the push rods. Glue the two push rod ends into place and thread the 'Centre' pin through them. Make sure the pin is free to turn.


Glue the long centre crank piece between the two pins. Make sure both push rods are the same way up.


Complete the crank assembly by adding the two shorter crank pieces and the two pins. Make sure everything is as square and lined up as possible.


Fold up and glue down the tabs at the side of the box-top and box-bottom to make a right angled triangle section.

Fit the box-top stiffeners into place next to the slots in the box-top.


Fold round and glue the flaps on the box end to make equilateral triangle tubes.


Glue the top of the box end to the box-top. Glue it to the end opposite the long slots.


Assemble the two slider bars and slider tubes.


Glue the two slider bars as centrally as possible in the two slots.


They should look like this from the top. The slider tubes should be free to move back and forth.


Fit the crank assembly into the box end with the tabs on the push rods facing downwards.

Glue the tabs to the slider tubes. The crease on the tabs should line up with the centre of the slider tubes.


Fit the other box end and the box base into place to close the box.


Fold in and glue down the end flaps to make triangular tubes.


Fold in and glue down the flaps at the other end of the box onto the inside walls of the box.


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Glue the handle into place to complete the box. Once the glue is dry you can check that it is working properly by turning the handle. The slider tubes should move back and forth in oppoite directions to each other.


The skis are made from three layers laminated card.

Glue the three layer of card together. Curve the ends upwards before the glue dries. Once the glue is dry they will maintain its shape.

Let the glue dry then carefully cut out the curved end of the ski and cut off any excess card.


Two skis ready to go!


The skis glue onto the tops of the slider tubes. Turn the handle so that the two slider tubes are lined up with each other in the centre of the slider bars. Glue the two skis carefully into place so that they are centred on the box top. Make sure that the skis don't get stuck onto the box top. Rock the handle back and forth a little as the glue is drying to make sure everything is moving freely. Let the glue dry completely before moving on to the next stage.


The T Rex is glued to the ski by the front of the inside toe only. This allows her to lift her ankle as she skis. With the heel roughly five millimetres from the end of the ski glue the toe down onto the ski.


The poles are glued to the underside of the ski. They must not be glued to the box top. Assemble the two poles. Glue the tab on the end of the pole to the underside of the ski next to the star. Glue the circle onto the underside of the ski so that it is centred under the pole.


Glue the dinosaur hands to the top of the poles


Let the glue dry then turn the handle to see your T. Rex ski. Ski Rex indeed!


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Double crank mechanism. Turn the handle on the side of the box and the two pads on the top of the box move back and forth in opposite directions.



Make this project as a way of understanding mechanisms or as the starting point for your own character based paper automata.

Members can download the parts for free from the Add to Basket link at the top of the page. Non-members can download the parts for £2.50

Print out the parts sheets onto thin card. (230 micron / 67lb) The design has no colour in it. To make a colourful model print it out on some pre coloured card. Score along the dotted and dashes lines then carefully cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the parts.


Fold in the box top and box bottom and glue down the side flaps so that they make right angled triangles.


Glue the three box top stiffeners into place. Glue the flaps from the sides of the slots back onto the box top stiffeners.


Glue together the two slider bars and thread the two slider tubes into place. Make sure that the slider tubes are free to move back and forth along the length of the slider bars.


Glue the two slider bars to the underside of the box top so that they are exactly centred in the slots.


Make sure that the slider tubes are free to move back and forth.


Roll up and glue the various pins. Use the arrows and grey areas to make sure that the edges are glue down in the correct place.


Fold over, glue down then cut out the four crank rod ends. Glue two crank rod ends to each push rod and thread the 'Centre' pin into each one.


The completed push rods.


Fold up the long centre crank...


....and glue down the ends as shown.


Assemble the two other cranks in the same way.


Assemble the handle in the three steps.


Join the two push rods together by gluing the pins into the long crank section. Make sure that the two push rods are the same way up, tabs to the bottom.


Finish off the crank assembly by gluing on the two shorter crank pieces and gluing the pins into place.

Make sure that the push rods are free to turn on the pins as the glue dries.


Glue the ends of the push rods onto the bottom surface of the slider tubes. The crease on the tab should be roughly in the centre of the slider tube.


Fold round and glue the triangle sections on the sides of the box end.


Glue the box end to the box top. Make sure you glue it to the opposite end of the box from the two slots as shown in the picture.


Thread the crank assembly into the box end and glue down the box end sides.


Fit the other pieces of the box into place then fold them round to close the box.

Fold in the tabs and glue them to the inside wall of the box.


Fold in the two tabs at the other end of the box and glue them back to back to make a triangular tube.


Finish the model by gluing the handle into place.

Now that you have completed your double crank mechanism it is time to think about how you could add a character to the top of the box. What will you make? A cross country skier? Michael Jackson moonwalking? Two pirates swabbing the deck? It's over to you!



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