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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyway, this is a nice model with an interesting design using fifths and equilateral triangles. Not my favourite bug tho.
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.
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.
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
Jambar Giant Scarab (update)
Neptune Giant Beetle
Caucasus Giant Beetle
Golden-Ringed Dragonfly (the OrigamiHouse website lists it as Golden-Ringed Bragonfly)
Japanese Giant Grasshopper
Eupatorus Horned Beetle
I like all the insects from both authors, but I’m extra partial to the Leaf Insect and Golden-Ringed Dragonfly.
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!
Masashi Tanaka’s Tanaka Butterfly is Challenge 34 (in Issue 89. I forgot to mention before that “Treehoppers” was in Issue 88, “Gabriel” was 86, and Issue 87 didn’t include a crease pattern). He also had Challenge 18’s crane variations. He seems to be a big fan of similar variations because he also has four butterfly crease pattern variations. I also like variations a lot. Butterflies, not so much, so I’m just doing the main one.
It’s been awhile. Apparently, I drew in the pattern in yellow on orange paper. I didn’t add water and let dry to help the shaping, which the head (antennae), legs, and lower body could use. Although they should be shaped to be closer together, the lower body has ridges along it.
I do like the model, but there is a lot of shaping required to get it to look like Tanaka’s Butterfly shown with the crease pattern. Nobody’s asked me for this model, and I’m not personally interested in butterflies much. I’d also probably keep the face the same, because I like the cute simplistic style over the realistic one.
Challenge 33 is a Treehopper bug by Yoshio Tsuda. There are a lot of different looks to these bugs, which resemble thorns for camouflage. I think this one looks kind of like the main picture on the Wikipedia page, but it’s only a side view. The wings aren’t clear on the wiki picture, and this model has the main horn and two side ones that it looks like not all treehopper varieties have.
I like these kind of grid models because of how they collapse. I think I could have done better on the face, but I didn’t want to glue it or something. It’s a little odd being two pieces coming together.
Challenge 32, Takashi Hojyo’s Gabriel (Version 3), is another model that I made a while ago, took a couple of pictures of, then lost it. So, here are two Gabriels. At least I like Mr. Hojyo’s models a lot.
This is another one of his models (like the Geistkämpher; wait, the Geistkämpher isn’t until Challenge 51? I thought I already covered that one.) that I tend to get a little carried away with and miss a polarity flip. This one is easier to catch, so I don’t usually miss it. It causes the lower half to be the flip side of the paper. This is most clear in the more yellow model.
Hojyo says the angel is like one from an Annunciation by Botticelli, so I’m thinking the middle part in his arms is part of his robe. I’ve always folded it like something he was holding, such as tablets. Hojyo’s Gabriel has the more cloth-like version.