497: Tyrannosaurus Rex

I have been on holiday, 6 weeks is a long time between folds but I thought I would ease back into it with a simple model … then I saw Fumiaki Kawahata’s TRex and thought “screw it”:497RexView

Waiting in my kept mail was the last Tanteidan of the previous subscription, thie little beauty on the cover and I thought – how hard can this be?497MagShot

As it turns out, the model is really challenging – the pre-creasing took me a couple of weekends (among other things I had to do) and was exacting – the collapse and subsequent gusset management to tease out teeth and the jaws is wild!497RexDev

Layer management caused by the jaws then leaves a bunch of paper for details later on – tiny little hands, lovely toes, massive tail – the whole enchilada.

I made it big, in 90cm Kraft and at this size it is recognizable and more impressively self-standing/supporting – like it stands there like this massive, angry lizard/bird/thing – awesome. Its lovely feet, and the distribution of paper weight makes it balance in a near natural (well, I have seen Jurassic Park, I can imagine…) pose which is awesome.497RexView2

I enjoy folding Kawahata’s models – such a lovely diversity of techniques on the way to the end. I also like to try and guess, as I am folding, what will become what – not always an easy thing to do when there is so much twisting and turning – fortunately the basic morphology of the model sorted itself out fairly early in the fold.

It was a good model to flex my creativity and possibly tide me over until after the rather ugly marking and reporting period ahead.

4 thoughts on “497: Tyrannosaurus Rex

  1. Congratulations on the successful fold of the T rex 2015 ! I’m currently having some difficulty interpreting step 110. Any hints?

  2. ok, 110 – 113 are all about “liberating” the small internal flaps that will be the hands – it involves a swivel of half the pleated layers near the white arrow in 110 and the next 2 diagrams are INSIDE the chest of the model, opening up those same pleats (around the corner at the bottom of the fold) to bend out the point, then wrap the top layers down in 2 stages (thus liberating the individual fingers)

    Persist, it sort of works itself out in the end

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