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    Mar 17, 2008, 8:32 PM - #1

    All right everyone, since I joined, i noticed that a lot of the people attempting pepakura (not the experienced, i understand) dont have ANY idea of what to do. they just join and ask questions.
    Until today.

    Reading the Frizzlefry tutorial is VERY helpful, until the parts are printed out and ready to be built. For those who have no idea of what to do after the printing and computer stage, READ ON.

    This is for those who have hardly ANY experience with paper modeling or the pepakura designer layout.


    Here is what you need.

    1. Printed out parts (im making a FS torso)
    2. Cutting knife (you can use scissors if you want, just a little harder with small parts)
    3. Pens (to make clean folds)
    4. Ruler (to make clean folds)
    5. Cutting board (It helps save furniture)
    6.Itunes (or ipod) to keep the boredom down
    7. Pepakura designer with file open (itll be explained later)

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    Mar 17, 2008, 8:33 PM - #2

    Continuing on, since the board wont let me post all my pictures,

    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

    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.
    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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    Mar 17, 2008, 8:47 PM - #3

    Good job being very specific. If people have questions about it now I have no clue what to say.
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    Mar 17, 2008, 8:48 PM - #4

    lolz if people have questions about it they obviously didnt read it.


    But if they do, LET THEM BE HEARD NOW.
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    Mar 17, 2008, 8:49 PM - #5

    wow very nice ur markin the mountain and the valley with two different colors while folding them!!!
    im goin to get an exato knife and some clay...
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    Mar 17, 2008, 8:51 PM - #6

    actually, i decided to screw the 2 colors and base it on my.....excellent.......memory?

    It gets annoying after a while. Glad people like it.


    it should be stickified.

    EDIT: AND IN FACT IT DID! AWESOME!
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    Mar 17, 2008, 11:05 PM - #7

    Wow, this is almost exactly how I do it, minus the pens. Good tut!
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    Mar 18, 2008, 12:02 AM - #8

    Attention: the above tutorial to be obeyed to a TEE (I think thats how its spelled, not T) I do exactly what he recommends, except I use an X-Acto on the folds, not pens, and I have half a mjolnir already.


    -Chupa
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    Mar 18, 2008, 2:07 AM - #9

    I'm really new here, I've been spending my time going through all the tutorials and archives (because that's what good newbies do) and this has REALLY helped me understand the whole Pepakura building process. Thanks man.
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    Mar 18, 2008, 8:53 AM - #10

    Hey, this tutorial was DESIGNED for you. Glad it is working!

    Spartan NX, glad to hear it all workin for you!

    Actually, i skipped a lot.....went from my first piece to my latest piece.....oh well.....

    I dont recommend you use your blade as a scoring tool, it wears it down and breaks the tip really easily, you should use a pen, it is more visible and really works better. I know from experience.
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    Mar 18, 2008, 5:42 PM - #11

    Awesome tutorial rvb, and congrats on the stickification. I'm glad you made this, because I wouldn't have thought of looking at the pep file to do bit by bit....And just because it says im a Vet, I'm still a noobie at heart.
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    Mar 18, 2008, 6:48 PM - #12

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(rvb4life @ Mar 18 2008, 09:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>Actually, i skipped a lot.....went from my first piece to my latest piece.....oh well.....</div>

    Well for me just seeing the basic techniques you explained, like the folding and stuff, showed me a lot. Being as I don't know much at all (yet) it was nice.
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    Mar 18, 2008, 7:08 PM - #13

    lol like i said, its made for those with nooblike tendencies to post a whole thread about one question.


    This should help kill the clutter. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/happy.gif[/img]
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    Mar 19, 2008, 6:43 PM - #14

    Yea it most likely will. and I'm also a noob at brain
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    Mar 20, 2008, 8:33 AM - #15

    hi im new, but what kind of paper works best?
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    Mar 20, 2008, 9:27 AM - #16

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(shadowgamma @ Mar 20 2008, 09:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>hi im new, but what kind of paper works best?</div>

    http://405th.com/forums/index.php?showforum=12

    Everything you need to know is in there. All you need to do is make the effort to find it.
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    Mar 20, 2008, 9:43 AM - #17

    thanks, this will help a lot
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    Mar 20, 2008, 12:19 PM - #18

    most people use cardstock (110 lb) for their projects, probably because it is sturdy and cheap, plus wont need reinforcement when resining.

    NEVER use normal computer paper. Way too thin.
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    Mar 20, 2008, 12:46 PM - #19

    Nice tutorial The one thing I do different, is I score all the folds before I cut them out, the teeny tabs are hard to score after they're cut out, for me anyhow

    This was a great idea
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    Mar 20, 2008, 12:46 PM - #20

    i think you need to add the resin, fiberglass and bando steps. Then that brings it down to one or two tutorials
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    Mar 20, 2008, 2:44 PM - #21

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Skullcandy Girl @ Mar 20 2008, 01:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>I score all the folds before I cut them out, the teeny tabs are hard to score after they're cut out</div>
    Do you use a pens or lightly scribe it with a cutting tool of some kind? I like the pen idea but I've read other people say they score the tabs with something sharper. I'm just trying figure out what people prefer.

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Spartan 051 @ Mar 20 2008, 01:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class='quotemain'>i think you need to add the resin, fiberglass and bando steps. Then that brings it down to one or two tutorials</div>
    I would be all for that, I think this tutorial is one of the best ones here, in my newbie opinion anyway [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif[/img]
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    Mar 20, 2008, 4:19 PM - #22

    Thanks!


    I will try to add the bondo and fiberglass part when i get to that stage, may be a LONG while at the rate im goin.... months maybe...until summer.

    I should be able to do it, i just have no prior experience, and need to read more about it before i can actually teach about it.

    Definitley will though.



    And, like i said, pen is actually more useful when scoring, but others use the other side of their exacto knife. Personally, i dont, because it shortens the life of the blade like.....times 10. plus, its neater with a pen.
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    Mar 20, 2008, 9:38 PM - #23

    will the websites u put up give us the pieces [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif[/img]
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    Mar 21, 2008, 4:01 AM - #24

    Very nice tutorial. I actually was forced to have the Pepakura file open on my computer while I cut and what not because my printer didn't print some of the fold and cut lines very clearly. I appreciate all the tutorials you guys write just to help noobs like me. Thanks again!
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    Mar 21, 2008, 7:51 PM - #25

    pvt cherry- the websites that i put up give separate instructions and pdf files of the parts, so it isnt like pepakura, since its detailed models that you will need a decent printer for.


    And thanks again for the praises, i hope that this helps in the following weeks, when im getting ready to fiberglass my own armor, hopefully i will be able to write a decent tutorial before i kill my brother who should be taking the pictures.....

    or maybe i should kill him......make my life less annoying

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