Monday 23 November 2015

MX-5 Roadster ND Papercraft

The art of papercraft origami remains as popular as ever in Japan. With that in mind, Mazda have designed these freely available papercraft versions of the Roadster.

The nice thing about working with paper is the low cost. All you need is a printer, some glue, a pair of scissors, and a fair amount of patience. Actually, quite a lot of patience.

You can also design your own livery for the car, and it's probably best to do this before you start cutting and folding. You could also do this in some photo editing software to get more realistic results before printing out the template. Maybe even add some different wheels, the possibilities are endless.

As you can see from the results below, my model making skills leave a lot to be desired. This was a quick attempt to build the paper MX-5 using regular printer paper, nothing special. I think some higher quality paper would give better results and nicer curves. You could even try printing on A3 for a larger scale model that would be a little easier to work with.

Cutting out the template took a while using some small sharp scissors and a pair of tweezers. Then it's just a case of folding and applying your glue to the little tabs. Trying to get the curves right was really difficult and I failed miserably at doing the Kodo design justice - I'm sure you can do better!