I am honored to have been allowed to learn how to fold Satoshi Kamiya’s Ryujin 3.5 by an extraordinarily talented folder who goes under the name “MrOrigami”.
He sends me lessons, I must complete them neatly and photo-evidence back to him before he sends me the next lessons.
This blog post chronicles my progress so far. It is a long and winding road towards folding the whole thing from one square of paper – that road consists of a myriad of skills, techniques and components all designed to tuck away 70%+ of the sheet revealing just the dragonny bits.
The Crease Pattern is terrifying (but if you look closely you can see head, body in 2 sections, claws and tail … well, I can):
I hope I am skillful enough to learn how to fold it … we shall see. Explore PART 2 of this project.
Lesson1 – Blocks to fans, fans to blocks, blocks to summits and back again (4 different lessons in one)
Lesson 2 – Transition units – that transform wide pleats into smaller ones
Lesson 3 – Scales and shaping – the model has 2000+ of these little blighters, better get good at them
Lesson 4 – Scales and belly pleats
Lesson 5 – The Tail
Lesson 6 – A Diamond stretch
Lesson 7 – Shoulder scales
Lesson 8 – A Leg
Lesson 9 – Shoulder transitions
Lesson 10 – Spine Break (to make room for shoulders)
It is not all plain sailing – Lesson 11 is a bugger – a pair of legs and shoulder assembly that is (so far) beating me – First attempt at least found one of the feet on one side of the shoulder patches but I could not find the other foot among the plethora or crinkles – I think I will be more coordinated next attempt, and have learned a lot about careful persistence with this lesson (logic tells you all these folds can not co-exist, but they find a way):
Lesson 11 continues to perplex me – wondering why attempt 2 was so difficult, I try to collapse the feet after doing the shoulders only to realise I had done the shoulders UPSIDE DOWN, meaning all the pleats were running in the wrong direction … live and learn I suppose
Lesson 11 – complete: What an intense fold – so much happening at once and a terrifying glimpse at what is ahead. This is attempt #3, it is not very tidy in places and I will probably attempt it again (just to prove to myself it was not a fluke) but fairly happy to have wrangled so much paper away:
LOL. So I sent my photos of proof to my Sensei and he asked if he had sent the MODIFIED versions featuring legs and toes…no said I – bugger.
With some wire, a little MC and some patience, these legs and toes have HUGE modeling potential
…and the folding continues, carefully. EXPLORE PART 2 of this project.