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598: (48/360) Neal Elias’ “Rocking Horse”

Posted by wonko on February 17, 2017 in 365-2017, humanoid, mammal |

This model is testament to the design genius of Neal Elias: Taking the bird base, and a colour change, we fashion a jockey (with the cutest little cap) atop a rocking horse. I love the detail here and will probably fold this again, only with a slightly bigger bit of paper. 

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572: (22/365) Origami On The Brain

Posted by wonko on January 22, 2017 in 365-2017, bird, geometry, humanoid, paper |

Those who know me realise I am a little obsessed with paper folding, some would say to excess. The truth of the matter is I am constantly amazed what you can coax a flat sheet to do. I think I missed my calling as a materials engineer: I like models that I can visualise, as I […]

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452: Smile!

Posted by wonko on August 27, 2013 in machine |

In the olden days children, photographs were taken with a specialised piece of equipment, usually by a professional, using FILM: In those days, you posed the shot, measured light levels, pulled focus and ensured the picture was worth taking before you wasted the plate – photography was expensive and much more of a science (some […]

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414: Sopwith Camel

Posted by wonko on November 17, 2012 in domestic, machine, vehicle |

I have been asked many times by well-meaning people whether I can make paper air planes: The honest answer is “sort of” – I love fantastically complicated and detailed Origami models of actual planes, but cannot make one that can fly for shit. This little beauty was a right bastard of a fold but closely resembles, […]

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357: Get Folked

Posted by wonko on December 23, 2011 in humanoid |

‘Tis the season when thoughts of old hippies (and new-age trendies) shift to prepping for the Woodford Folk Festival: I am old enough (and formally a resident) to remember when this gathering was held at Maleny, and how the locals hated this time of year because of the huge influx of afore-mentioned hippy-hopefuls. Folk guitar is one […]

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354: Should have bought a Squirrel

Posted by wonko on December 20, 2011 in mammal |

One of my wife’s favourite movies is a comedy called “Rat Race”, the title of today’s model is one of the “morals” of that cautionary tale: Akira Yoshizawa is credited as being the father of artistic origami – he also invented the diagramming language we all follow now. This is his squirrel – a lovely […]

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348: T-Rex Skeleton

Posted by wonko on December 14, 2011 in dinosaur |

This is nuts, seriously NUTS. I started this model 2 weeks before exam block, and have been chipping away at it ever since: This monolithic modular is Yoshino’s T-Rex Skeleton and I for one am totally impressed with the attention to design detail here. Firstly the overall proportions are correct – no mean feat as […]

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314: Snail on a Leaf

Posted by wonko on November 10, 2011 in creepy crawly |

Slow and steady wins the race, in theory at least: This is Nicholas Terry’s “Snail on a Leaf”, a lovely model that from one sheet rends a quite shapely snail, foot, shell and feelers, and a veined leaf – neat. Busy day, bit of a rush, you get that sometimes. I like this as a […]

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312: Gerboa

Posted by wonko on November 8, 2011 in mammal |

Now in arid areas of Australia life is hard. Some animals never drink, some come out an night, some live underground – the gerboa does all these things and more: Sometimes called the “Kangaroo rat” because of its rather splendid tail and hoppy back legs, it has always fascinated me. When I saw this model […]

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263: Enterprise (Micro Machine)

Posted by wonko on September 20, 2011 in scifi, vehicle |

Those who know me know that I am a bit of a trekker, always on the lookout for Star Trek related stuff: When I saw this simple model I knew I would give it a go some day. Tonight my mate Mike and I watch some retro Trek (Original Series) and I thought it opportune […]

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