Are sheep sacred in Japan? Don’t get me wrong, I’m basically ok with sheep. Crease Pattern Challenge 91 is a spectacular ram by Naoto Horiguchi. But that’s pretty far off, and, between this and Challenge 24, I’m tired of basic sheep with fairly tricky puzzle crease patterns. Crease Pattern Challenge 37 is Hideo Komatsu’s Sheep.
That’s not to say it isn’t a good model. The body is well done, and I especially love the sheep’s sheep face and sheep ears. However, I ended up screwing this up a few time before folding it correctly. Luckily, it’s diagrammed a little later in Issue 105. I folded that first and figured out a couple of things.
The biggest thing I learned is that the reference lines and points on the crease pattern are extremely close to ones that are easier to determine than the real points (like a line very close to something simple to find, like a quarter line). In some models, a slight shift like this might end up ok, with only a slightly thinner or fatter model. But these lines link up with each other and have sinks that need more precision. Specifically, the head will be much further off than it should be without the exact reference points.
I also found that there was a cool locking mechanism in the middle inside (which I didn’t get in the crease pattern version) and why the crease pattern version is useful. The final model’s body has large, flat sections representing wool. The diagrammed version has many more fold lines crossing these areas to determine the intersection points. The crease pattern sheep is a lot cleaner in these areas.
My Incomplete Lock on the Crease Pattern
Left: Crease Pattern; Right: Diagram
36 is Noboru Miyajima’s bat. He’s had previous Crease Pattern Challenges of a Knight on a Pegasus (#4) and a Propeller Plane (#12). His previous models are impressive, but something about this one makes me partial to it. It just has a kind of lifelike feel I think.
I’ve made a few of these, but I only found my uncoloured one. I know I gave a painted on away; guess I should have taken pictures first. Even white it looks really good. Albino bat.
Crease Pattern Challenge 35 in Issue 90 is another one of Takashi Hojyo’s human forms, Aquarius the water pourer (his 2005 version). He tends to go back and improve a lot of his older models, and this one is amazing. I wonder if he just liked the water pouring idea or if he was going to do a zodiac set. I noticed he likes sets, such as his Twelve Heavenly Generals. For examples, one of his generals, Vajra, has also been recently updated. But maybe it’s just that his zodiac sign might be Aquarius?
Being a zodiac sign, this is also a mythological model. Aquarius represents Ganymede, a young boy from Troy. Zeus turned into an eagle and kidnapped him to make him immortal and serve as cupbearer of the gods on Olympus. Zeus chose Ganymede because he thought he was hot. K.
Anyway, the model is great. About a quarter of the paper is the water and jar. The arms are separate from the jar and are shaped to hold it. I should probably use more water to fold and shape things like this, but instead I used fishing line to hold the left arm to the jar for now (as you can clearly see). I kind of left the right arm dramatically far out. ¡Olé!