King Ghidorah

Origami, Original Designs

I make a lot of kaijuu, and, since I made Godzilla before, I decided to try for Ghidorah. After getting a base I liked, I went through a few versions of this one.

WKO_026_GIDORA (101) WKO_026_GIDORA (102)

The wings are shaped such they kind of arc up, making the shoulders out the longest part by a lot (but never curving back down). I got that aspect, but the problem became making the heads match. I figure the middle one can be a bit different, but, in the first one, they are way too far apart.

WKO_026_GIDORA (104) WKO_026_GIDORA (106)

His tail is kind of fishy, but I really like how the feet turned out.

WKO_026_GIDORA (108) WKO_026_GIDORA (112)

WKO_026_GIDORA (113) WKO_026_GIDORA (111)

I tried a few different heads and added scales to the chest flap. The heads were changed by minor additions, but I finally decided I needed something more drastic to get more leeway in the side heads.

WKO_026_GIDORA (125) WKO_026_GIDORA (119)

WKO_026_GIDORA (120) WKO_026_GIDORA (123)

I did this by collapsing in more paper to those sections (perpendicular to the wings). This helped with the front scales, gave a more rectangular body, and added parts to the tail. The middle head has an extra pair of horns but is now much closer to the other two, with all three now having tongues.

WKO_026_GIDORA (122) WKO_026_GIDORA (124)

WKO_026_GIDORA (118)

Crease Pattern Challenge 044

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

OTMCP_044 - STATUE OF SASAKI SADOKO - HORIGUCHI (102)

Challenge #44 is “A Statue of Sasaki Sadako” by Naoto Horiguchi. I looked up her story on Wikipedia, and it’s quite sad. She folded more than 1000 paper cranes before dying at age 12 of leukemia caused by the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

OTMCP_044 - STATUE OF SASAKI SADOKO - HORIGUCHI (104) OTMCP_044 - STATUE OF SASAKI SADOKO - HORIGUCHI (105)OTMCP_044 - STATUE OF SASAKI SADOKO - HORIGUCHI (108) OTMCP_044 - STATUE OF SASAKI SADOKO - HORIGUCHI (109)

My folding wasn’t my best, but you can tell what it is. It’s a very complex model, so I drew in some of the lines in sharpie. I was going to paint it when it was done, but I liked the cartoon look it ended up with. Because of this, I thought it might smear if I used water. I’m not great at the “wet folding” thing, but it probably would have improved the final shaping.

OTMCP_044 - STATUE OF SASAKI SADOKO - HORIGUCHI (107) OTMCP_044 - STATUE OF SASAKI SADOKO - HORIGUCHI (106)

It’s pretty cool. The folded legs, which serve as the base, are nearly at the center of the paper. The hands and hair are great aspects, and there are quite a lot of other slick methods to make the details. The crane is a separate piece (mine’s obvious but it’s a little less apparent in the images accompanying the crease pattern).

OTMCP_044 - STATUE OF SASAKI SADOKO - HORIGUCHI (110)

Crease Pattern Challenge 043

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

I’ve been pretty busy with other stuff, although I have been working on improving my King Ghidora and Mothra (it’s pretty slow though). For now, I have some on the next Crease Pattern Challenge.

Although, I’m only on 43? Huh, I thought I was further along. I have the next few folded (just no time to talk about them), so maybe that’s why.

OTMCP_043 - FIDDLER CRAB - CHAN (105) OTMCP_043 - FIDDLER CRAB - CHAN (101)

Challenge #43 is Brian Chan’s Fiddler Crab. This one has annotations on the crease pattern to explain what’s what (shell, claw, leg, etc.). This is extra helpful because a couple of the legs are on the inside. There is also a version showing the logic, which is pretty interesting to those wanting to develop their own models.

OTMCP_043 - FIDDLER CRAB - CHAN (102) OTMCP_043 - FIDDLER CRAB - CHAN (107)

I want to make a couple more of these, just so I can leave them around where I’m at. The fiddler crab is pretty cute. The two claws, where one is much larger, give the model an interesting asymmetry. But the shell and (most of all) the eyes give it great personality. Makes me remember some great crabs I know.

OTMCP_043 - FIDDLER CRAB - CHAN (108)

Mouse King

Other Stuff

Well, this isn’t origami.

I picked up a Mouse King Nutcracker for a Christmas present and decided to touch it up a bit. But I get obsessive, so it spiraled out of control.

Mouse King 0 - Original (1) Mouse King 0 - Original (2)

Mouse King 0 - Original (3) Mouse King 0 - Original (5)

This is the original. He’s not bad, but there were a few things I wanted to change. Mostly, you could see the nutcracker teeth and the glue beneath the gem-thingies.

Mouse King 0 - Original (6) Mouse King 0 - Original (7)

Anyway, I started to take off the fluff and round things to re-do them but thought, “Oh, I could also do [this] and [that]”. I decided to make him a white lab mouse king. So I guess I’ll go through what I did end up doing. While making them, I used the camera in my phone, so sorry about the blurry ones.

Mouse King 0 - Original (8)

Mouse King 1 - Development (102) Mouse King 1 - Development (104)

The feet looked like they could use some work. The legs were actually pegs inserted into the base, with the rest of the foot pasted on in front. I removed those, put a hinge on the base of the leg to the foot, and buffered those with some wood.

I decided to use fur and give him an actual coat, but I still wanted to have a good place for the belt to sit. So I decided to just have the lower half of the torso painted white with red dots like boxer shorts. For this, I sawed and sanded the torso apart where the belt is, removed the nutcracking part so that I could paint everything, and added a peg and holes so that the torso and chest could separate. It can rotate on the peg too. (Below left.)

Mouse King 1 - Development (101) Mouse King 1 - Development (103) Mouse King 1 - Development (106)

The head was nailed to the chest, so I made new wooden pieces for a peg thing similar to the torso/chest so that the head could rotate. The head and crown were two pieces, so they were easy to separate. I decided to make the crown attach with magnets, and that’s what’s at the top of the head. I flattened parts for the eyes but over-flattened one side and had to fix that.

Mouse King 1 - Development (105) Mouse King 1 - Development (108)

I gave the arms elbow hinges to move the coats on and off. I also made them swing and have some rotation out at the shoulder.

Mouse King 2 - Result (101) Mouse King 2 - Result (102)

Mouse King 2 - Result (120) Mouse King 2 - Result (121)

The sword parts can be removed. The crown has two different tops, red or white, with the actual top part also connecting with magnets. The gems are set from the inside and are interchangeable, 6mm diameter beads. I was going to use garnet, but those were too dark. I used bright red bamboo coral beads instead. There’s also a cape.

Mouse King 1 - Development (107)

These are all the pieces laid out. On the right are the tail and ears. The ears are just pegs with pink felt.

Mouse King 1 - Development (110) Mouse King 1 - Development (109)

Here he is put together without fur. I was glad he could stand easily.

Mouse King 1 - Development (111) Mouse King 2 - Result (105)

Mouse King 2 - Result (108)

I think I only have the one fur-in-process picture, but I have the basic, final pieces with fur both apart and together.

Mouse King 2 - Result (112) Mouse King 2 - Result (113)

I used white felt for the legs instead of fur, so that the stockings could fit over it. The legs have part of the boots glued on, but the side things fit over the rest and the stockings and are held on with elastic rope ties.

Mouse King 2 - Result (109)

Mouse King 2 - Result (110) Mouse King 2 - Result (111)

The “pants” go over the torso. It’s grey felt held in place by a red elastic “sash”.

Mouse King 2 - Result (103)

His first outfit is more of the traditional military whatever coat. I gave him kind of puff shoulders, but no sleeves. Also, it separates front and back, because I thought I’d need to do that to get it on and off.

Mouse King 2 - Result (131) Mouse King 2 - Result (130) Mouse King 2 - Result (129)

Here he is all kinged out.

Mouse King 2 - Result (104) Mouse King 2 - Result (122)

The other one is just a simple blue coat. I realized I didn’t need it to separate in the back, but I didn’t want it to be too simple. For some extra style, the front part is like a lace cravat thing.

Mouse King 2 - Result (126) Mouse King 2 - Result (125) Mouse King 2 - Result (124)

And here he is all casual decked out.

I think he turned out ok. There were a lot of pictures and parts; hope I went over everything. Late merry Christmas yo.

Mouse King 2 - Result (127) Mouse King 2 - Result (123)

Crease Pattern Challenge 042

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Crease Pattern Challenge 42  in Issue 97 is Kyohei Katsuta’s Whip Spider. He previously had Challenge 29, a lesser bird of paradise, where I also put his cat.

OTMCP_042 - WHIP SPIDER - KATSUTA (101) OTMCP_042 - WHIP SPIDER - KATSUTA (105)

This is another cool model, but with a much more creepy subject. Although, I don’t think whip spiders can hurt you. Also, they aren’t really spiders. Anyway, I think my version came out kind of cute. Maybe that’s because I folded it tho.

OTMCP_042 - WHIP SPIDER - KATSUTA (102) OTMCP_042 - WHIP SPIDER - KATSUTA (104)

Oh. I guess this entry is one of the shorter ones then.

OTMCP_042 - WHIP SPIDER - KATSUTA (110)

Pteranodons

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

For this set of models, I wanted to start with something very simple that kids could make and then add details to this model to make it more complex. So this is a pteranodon in development stages.

The simplest version (below in green) still has the right look but could clearly have improved details. The most obvious improvement would be the head needing a back fin. The legs are also a bit simple. I had quite a few leg variations; these are the easiest legs to make. I mostly lucked out on the chest section being clearly delineated (which is one of the best aspects of this model).

WKO_027_PTERANODON (101) WKO_027_PTERANODON (102)

WKO_027_PTERANODON (103)

The middle version (in orange) has those improvements and a few more. The head has the back fin, and the legs and tail are a little more complex. Also, the neck is thinned by sinks on the sides, and the parts of the wings that come out from the chest are narrowed. I think this is more recognizable as a pteranodon, but it can no longer stand up like the previous model. This is because the paper reserved for the head causes extra area at the bottom of the wings.

WKO_027_PTERANODON (104) WKO_027_PTERANODON (105)

WKO_027_PTERANODON (106) WKO_027_PTERANODON (107)

The final model’s main aspect is the addition of claws, but it also attempts to improve the head and leg structure. There was a lot of trial and error. I initially came up with wing claws basically out of nowhere but eventually realized I could follow those claws down to the feet and sort of hide the line between them in the wings using sinks. The new claw structure causes extra paper area in the head and tail sections. The head uses this for the back fin, while the extra tail is folded in and hidden.

WKO_027_PTERANODON (116) WKO_027_PTERANODON (112)

WKO_027_PTERANODON (109) WKO_027_PTERANODON (110)

WKO_027_PTERANODON (111) WKO_027_PTERANODON (115)

WKO_027_PTERANODON (117) WKO_027_PTERANODON (114)

I’m going to diagram up the first two at least.

Crease Pattern Challenge 041

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

I’ve been so busy, I haven’t gotten one up here in awhile. I wanted to set them up for automatic a bit. Maybe I can get that working sometime.

Anyway, this is a good one for Halloween. Crease Pattern Challenge 41 is Satoshi Kamiya’s Cerebus. I actually have this model in one of the posts about Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2. I’m not sure how different the crease pattern one is (it’s probably just the minor details).

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (101) OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (108)

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (111) OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (112)

I actually had some problems getting him into focus, so there are a few similar shots with different focuses. The unpainted white tracing paper probably didn’t help.

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (106) OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (107)

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (109) OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (110)

Left: head focus; Right: leg focus

Yous already know how much I like Satoshi Kamiya’s stuff. His crease patterns are usually really fun, because you put in your own details and interpretations.

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (105)

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (103)

Crease Pattern Challenge 040

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Issue 96 has Crease Pattern Challenge #40: Takashi Hojyo’s Vajra. Vajra, or Basara Taishou, is one of the twelve heavenly generals of China (this link is one of the first google results, but it has great tables, showing their associated colours, weapons, and zodiac animals).

Mr. Hojyo has been working on these as an entire set, on and off, for a while (he also updates older ones a lot). Because of that, I’ve looked up the generals a few times before. From the first time, the names felt familiar to me. I recognized Indra as a major Hindu deity as well (there tends to be a lot of Hindu-Chinese deity overlap), but that wasn’t it. I finally realized where I’d seen them before: Digimon Series 3. The 12 Deva digimon serve the 4 Sovereign digimon, based on the 4 Beast Gods. Vajramon has a centaur-style body but is an ox, as Vajra is associated with the ox.

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (101) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (102) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (106)

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (108) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (105)

The first time I made this model (in yellow), I missed the reference points a bit but just pushed on. The face is a bit small because of that.

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (103) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (104)

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (111) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (117)

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (112)

When I went back recently, I finally found the right lines, but the hands seem too small for some reason. I think what happened is I misinterpreted the thumbs as sleeve.

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (109) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (110) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (113)

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (114) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (115) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (116)

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (118) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (119)

I’ve been meaning to paint more of these (preferably before but maybe after folding), but, when I checked the chart, I found out white is usually linked to Vajra.

I didn’t paint the next one either.

Crease Pattern Challenge 039

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Challenge 39 is Seiji Nishikawa’s 15° Oriential Longheaded Locust.

I’ve covered quite a few Nishikawa’s models due to him having so many crease pattern challenges. I’m sure there are quite a few I’ve missed, but I’m not sure which I’ve put up here and which I haven’t. It probably would have been better to put the second half of Origami Insects Vol. 1 here (instead of with Challenge 14) as this Challenge immediately follows a Kawahata one that I put the first half with. But I didn’t do that. Oops.

OTMCP_039 - ORIENTAL LONGHEADED LOCUST 15 DEGREES - NISHIKAWA (1) OTMCP_039 - ORIENTAL LONGHEADED LOCUST 15 DEGREES - NISHIKAWA (3) OTMCP_039 - ORIENTAL LONGHEADED LOCUST 15 DEGREES - NISHIKAWA (4) OTMCP_039 - ORIENTAL LONGHEADED LOCUST 15 DEGREES - NISHIKAWA (2)

Anyway, this is a nice model with an interesting design using fifths and equilateral triangles. Not my favourite bug tho.

Crease Pattern Challenge 038

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Issue 94’s challenge (#38) is Fumiaki Kawahata’s Shachihoko. This mythical animal is a tiger-headed fish that causes rain. Shachihoko statues are found on the ends of lots of Japanese temple roofs. They are usually shown resting on their necks with the body curving up. Here’s a pretty good one on a castle in a travel log, or you can google it.

OTMCP_038 - SHACHIHOKO - KAWAHATA (3) OTMCP_038 - SHACHIHOKO - KAWAHATA (4)

Kawahata’s Shachihoko emphasizes the body rather than the head. It’s a little surprising, but it allows him to focus on the fins and scales and making the model much more 3D.

OTMCP_038 - SHACHIHOKO - KAWAHATA (6) OTMCP_038 - SHACHIHOKO - KAWAHATA (1) OTMCP_038 - SHACHIHOKO - KAWAHATA (5)

Fumiaki Kawahata is one of the two authors of Origami Insects Vol. 1. I covered the models of the other author, Seiji Nishikawa, with Crease Pattern Challenge 14. Below are the remaining models, which are all designed by Kawahata. (He already shows how the models will scale relative to the initial square length in the book, so I’m not doing that this time.)

Jambar Giant Scarab

OI1_01 (101) OI1_01 (102) OI1_01 (103)

Jambar Giant Scarab (update)

OI1_02 (101) OI1_02 (102) OI1_02 (103) OI1_02 (104)

Flying Cicada

OI1_03 (102) OI1_03 (103) OI1_03 (104)

Neptune Giant Beetle

OI1_04 (101) OI1_04 (102)

Caucasus Giant Beetle

OI1_05 (101) OI1_05 (102) OI1_05 (103)

Golden-Ringed Dragonfly (the OrigamiHouse website lists it as Golden-Ringed Bragonfly)

OI1_06 (101) OI1_06 (103) OI1_06 (104)

Japanese Giant Grasshopper

OI1_07 (101) OI1_07 (102) OI1_07 (103)

Leaf Insect

OI1_08 (101) OI1_08 (102)

Eupatorus Horned Beetle

OI1_09 (101) OI1_09 (102) OI1_09 (103)

I like all the insects from both authors, but I’m extra partial to the Leaf Insect and Golden-Ringed Dragonfly.