When I ran across these tiny models recently at London’s Design Junction, I couldn’t believe how detailed they were… each looked like a small jewel of clever design. Most people are accustomed to finely detailed plastic models, but these seemed to convey the same sense of precision using only eco-friendly recycled paper. Looking closely at the vehicles in the lineup you’ll notice that their structure is built up with carefully planned ribs which are slotted together to create 3D forms. These range from round rally car wheels to opening Jeep doors and articulated bulldozer scoops. It’s really quite impressive.
Of course, most of the fun with the models comes in building them and in the process appreciating the cleverness in their design. Because the models come cut out of flat sheets of white paper, you have the option of coloring each part with your pen, crayon or marker of choice. You can see in the video below that even with a quick and dirty crayon coloring job, the model still comes out looking stylish. You’ll find more models (which are surprisingly affordable) at ipapero.com.
Papero’s latest: a detailed model of London’s Tower Bridge.