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115: Anzac Digger’s Slouch Hat

Posted by wonko on April 25, 2011 in domestic |

Now I know what I was going for here, but could not find anything that quite did the job. An iconic symbol of our diggers, the “slouch” hat is a distinctive Akubra with one side of the brim held up by a “rising sun” badge, the other flat(ish) and a sort of dimpled crown. Why […]

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103: Baby Loggerhead Turtle

Posted by wonko on April 13, 2011 in reptile |

When our kids were little, we holidayed at Mon Repos near Bundaberg to watch the annual turtle egg laying and hatching. This model reminds me of the lovely little turtle hatchlings we watched, in the still of the night, emerge from their underground clutch and waddle clumsily towards the ocean. In truth they were about […]

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96: An Eagle

Posted by wonko on April 6, 2011 in bird |

Now I have learned something from folding this model – I do not understand a world of Polish: All the instructions were in that dialect, and the diagrams were baffling, so I did my best. I rather like the feet, the wings and head/beak are nicely shaped also but I could not fathom what to do with the tail […]

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85: House Gecko

Posted by wonko on March 26, 2011 in reptile |

Recently I have noticed a proliferation of geckos around our house – after research it seems it is not a native but an introduced species. The “Asian Hose Gecko” apparently came over amongst ship cargo and now is over-competing with our native species: I like these little fellows, even though they are illegal aliens – they […]

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55: Green Tree Frog

Posted by wonko on February 24, 2011 in amphibian |

Now I like frogs, could not eat a whole one, but they are gentle animals – this model reminds me so much of those lovely soft green ones that we used to get back when the weather worked – you know, they lived under your toilet rim and emerged blinking into the light to feast […]

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52: Rock, Paper, Scissors

Posted by wonko on February 21, 2011 in humanoid |

Now in class we are doing algorithms and programming, and a simple logic exercise we are working on is a visual game of Rock, Paper, Scissors: With relatively few folds, and small squares of paper (4 cut from an A4 page), I managed to fashion 3 hand gestures indicative of the conventional game gestures. Hope you like them. I […]

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47: Dragonfly

Posted by wonko on February 16, 2011 in creepy crawly |

A simple model, nice and demonstrative of the actual animal it models, a dragonfly has characteristic wings and abdomen:I like this model, it is a relief from the usual paper torture, hope you like it too.

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43: An Ant

Posted by wonko on February 12, 2011 in creepy crawly |

wow, no I mean WOW! This is a design that, on paper at least, looked impossible. Piotr Pluta designed a way of paper torture (involving 4 lots of 8-way accordion sinking) to extract 6 limbs and 3 body segments typical of an insect – quite honestly I was convinced it could not be done. …so […]

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32 White Rabbits

Posted by wonko on February 1, 2011 in mammal |

An odd tradition I have inherited is to say “white rabbits” as the first thing uttered at the beginning of a month, hence the inspiration of today’s model:Not real sure where that came from, or why a sane, rational adult would do that, but it is ingrained and part of my monthly ritual. This model […]

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6: Strawberry

Posted by wonko on January 7, 2011 in fruit |

Two views of the same berry, a nice variation of the time-tested and much tossed water bomb base.  Made with a square cut from half an A4 page, the smaller you make these the more realistic the shape. Quite happy with the hull (or calyx) although some of my more nerdier botanist friends will argue […]

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