Don’t you juts love the guy; Bob Parr. He is nice, friendly, brave, heroic, and pleasant. He still loves his wife, even though he doesn’t spend too much time with his family. Bob is a superhero with great strength and durability. Bob has the strength superpower. Bob’s strength is of such dimensions that he can single-handedly lift a semi-truck with little difficulty.
“True to his incredible strengths, all Bob wants to do is save the world – even if he has to do it undercover. It takes almost losing everything, however, for him to see that the real source of his power is his extraordinary family.” – Official Pixar Website
I especially love his crappy old car. Bay far not big enough for him to fit in, let alone his ego. I am not sure what car inspired it, or if it even exists. My best guess is the Nash Metropolitan.
This one is made from paper. Click the link to download your own mr Incredible car. Enjoy.
Low cost 3D printing using a common laser printer? Impossible you say. Our experiments demonstrate that – with some limitations – it is possible to create a realistic 3D model using a common laser printer. Simply download this file and follow the instructions.
We demonstrated the approach with by scanning and printing a classic Apple Macintosh Plus computer. Where contemporary software packages and approaches require you to make 360 degree movie of the object to be scanned or at minimum 30 images from different angles, we needed only 8 images. To print we used a standard laser printer. Further polishing and completion could be completed using tools and technologies common in any modern house-hold. Continue reading →
Now available on iTunes as free-eBook; Leonardo da Vinci – in Paper, by Antonio di Fred & Sven Hindman.
Leonardo da Vinci was a truly amazing man. He lived a long time ago when things were very different than they are today. They did not have telephones or email. No TV, no iPod, if you wanted to listen to music, you had to find someone who happened to be singing. It was a time when people traveled by horse. People sent letters, which were delivered by horse. It would sometimes take weeks or even months to arrive.
So, how did Leonardo invent what some call planes and parachutes and a car? How did he invent things that sometimes were hundreds of years ahead of their time? Some say he was a time traveler. We don’t know about that, but, the truth is he was just an amazing inventor.
Remember the look on the face of James Bond when he saw Melina’s more humble Citroën 2CV after a bugler protection system blew-up his own lotus esprit? Marvelous! In 1981 a bright yellow 2CV was driven by James Bond in the film For Your Eyes Only. including an elaborate set piece car chase through a Spanish olive farm, in which Bond uses the unique abilities of the modestly powered 2CV to escape his pursuers in Peugeot 504 sedans. The car in the film was fitted with the flat-4 engine from a Citroën GS for slightly more power. The success of this scene even had the 2CV voted the most popular bond car.
Later, Citroën launched a special edition 2CV “007″ to coincide with the 2CV product placement in the film, it was fitted with the standard flat-2 engine, painted in yellow with “007″ on the front doors and fake bullet hole stickers.
Click here to download a papercraft 007 2CV. Enjoy.
Bullitt is a 1968 American dramatic thriller film, starring amongst others Steve McQueen, playing the policeman ‘Bullitt’. The plot involves a witness, a corrupt policemen, a hitman, and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT.
Somewhere along the plotline, Bullitt picks up his Ford Mustang GT, and while driving discovers he is being tailed by a hitmen. He turns the tables and follows them, resulting in a protracted, visually dramatic car chase through the hills and streets of San Francisco. The chase ends with the hitmen dying in a fiery crash . Continue reading →
The General Lee is the vehicle driven by the Duke cousins Bo and Luke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. It is known for its signature horn, its chases and stunts — especially its long/high jumps — and for having its doors welded shut, leaving the Dukes to climb in and out through the windows. The car appears in every episode but one (“Mary Kaye’s Baby”). The car’s name is a reference to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee and it bears a Confederate naval jack on its roof and has a horn which plays the melody from the first line of the song “Dixie”.
Download a simple papercraft version of the famous car.
As you can read from Wikipedia, The Fiat 500 Topolino was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production. Launched in 1937, it was produced until 1955. It had a 569 cc four-cylinder, side-valve, water-cooled engine mounted in front of the front axle. The radiator was located behind the engine making possible a lowered aerodynamic nose profile. The shape of the car’s front allowed exceptional forward visibility.
With horsepower of about 13 bhp, its top speed was about 85 km/h, at 6 l/100 km.
The car was competitively priced, and nearly 520,000 were sold.
Click here to download a build a simple papercraft model of the Fiat 500 Topolino.
The Nash-Healey is a two-seat sports car that was produced for the American market between 1951 and 1954. Marketed by Nash-Kelvinator Corporation with a Nash Ambassador drivetrain and a European chassis and body, it served as a halo (or image) vehicle for the automaker to promote the sales of the other Nash models. It was “America’s first post-war sports car”, and the first introduced in the U.S. by a major automaker since the Great Depression.
Nash-Healey Roadster Papercraft model
The Nash-Healey was the product of a partnership between Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and British automaker Donald Healey, as well as a later restyle by Pinin Farina and subassembly in Italy.
Well, that is just history. Most of you probably remember the Nash-Healey roadster from TV episodes of the Adventures of Superman. George Reeves, as Clark Kent, drove it in four episodes.
This image is not a good representation of how this Citroen Ami6 Papercraft will turn out. If you download and build this free papercraft model of the Ami6, it will probably come out quite nice. I did the same, and can confirm it is easy to build and comes out as expected. It actually looks so good that your two year old son will ask for it to play with. Obviously, you will not be able to resist. Well, I could not. So, this image is how the Ami6 Papercraft will look like after he has played with it, and after you have tried to put it back into shape again several times.
Citroen Ami6 – Papercraft
The photo was taken at the point I was not able anymore to get any shape back into it.
You can download the Citroen Ami6 Papercraft model from the link on the right, or go to Paolo Ghielmetti’s site.
The Sabre GT is a high performance muscle car in Grand Theft Auto IV. It borrows bits and pieces from various American muscle cars. The back and sides resemble a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass – but the sides have softer lines and could be from ’68/’69 Chevrolet Chevelles, the grille has a resemblance to a 1970 AMC Rebel, the front is similar to a 1970 Buick GSX (the headlights and the shape of the bumper is also very similar to a 1970 Cutlass) and the front bumper’s round turning signals are similar to a 1968 or 1969 Dodge Coronet. The wheels appear to be based on those found on Pontiac Firebirds during the 1970′s. The paintjob seems to look like that of a Mustang Mach 1 with some characteristics of a Shelby Mustang. The different hood scoop on some Sabre GTs resembles that of a 1968 Shelby Mustang, while some resemble the 442 Cutlass. Overall, the look created emulates the GM big body V8 coupes of the early 70′s (Cutlass, Skylark, Chevelle). The Sabre GT has a different Declasse logo than the makers other cars, being an older design, a circle with “Declasse” written around the inside edge [Adopted from GTA Wiki]
Build your own Papercraft Bugatti Veyron. Here your can download the free papercraft model. A 2.5ft long papercraft replica of one of the world’s fastest and most expensive super-cars, the Bugatti Veyron, consisting of 159 parts on 44 pages. I specifically designed this papercraft with detailed templates and instructions for any hobbyist to easily enjoy.
Now available on the iBookstore, a small ePub with a brief history of the 2CV in paper, with a collection of simple papercraft models based on the 2CV papercraft you find on this site. The booklet contains 14 models of the various vehicles built on the 2CV platform, such as the TPV, the salon 2CV, the AK-versions, the Sahara and the Dyane. Only in the ePub you find a model of the Méhari and the Ami6.
Here you find a larger collection of models than what is listed in the ePub. In developing the models, I tried to keep up with the changes and models over the year, as the 2CV and related cars evolved. This gives a large overview of cars in the various colors they were put on the market.
To find the ePub on the iBookstore, you can follow this link or look for:
A Brief History of the 2CV In Paper
by: Antonio di Fred
The ePub shows one of the each of the 2CV variants. Read, download, build and enjoy.
What to do when the children have 10 weeks of holidays? Actually, the question was
“what to do when the children have 10 weeks of holidays and when you are of the opinion that computers are to be used for more than only for playing games, and that they should actually stimulate creativity?”
One option is to let them play with an old Ti-Book (actually two broken tiBooks – thank you David and Peter - merged into one functioning on a rainy Sunday), an iSight, a copy of FrameByFrame (a freeware software tool to create stop-motion movies), and some Lego.
Introduction into stop-motion movie making actually took less then 2 minutes. It went like this. One pice of lego – photo. added a second piece of lego – photo. Moved the second – photo. Moved again – photo. Connected two pieces – photo. Saved sequence. Played sequence..
The result was the living room being transformed into a small film studio. See here one of the examples. Watch for the hand
Emke & Siebren having fun with an old tiBook, an iSight, FrameByFrame and Lego.
Starsky & Hutch’ Ford Gran Torino in simple papercraft. Download for free, build and enjoy. Obviously, you also need a black Lincoln Continental, so Starsky & Hutch have something the chase. I mean, how can you play a scene without it? So, here you go. You can download a bad car as well. Have fun.
Mino the miniature ghost is a children story, printed as booklet and accompanied by simple games/puzzles and papercraft. The Mino sequence is growing. Mino is a miniature ghost living in Lugano. His adventures are inspiration for short illustrated stories. These stories come with some games and simple paper models. This month, the fourth edition was printed and distributed.
You can download the papercraft models from diFRED
You can now download from Apple’s iBookstore the first Mino story for free. Simply follow this link.
Mino is a short illustrated children’s story about a miniature ghost in a small adventure around lake Lugano. The printed version comes with two simple papercraft models. You can now download it as a free children’s iBook on the iBookstore.
Sometimes I have the pleasure of seeing my papercraft models come to life. Over the past weeks a class of eight year olds have been working on small models of typical Amsterdam houses. Each creating their own house. Today I had the pleasure of taking part in the final step; building a city. But first, I explained a bit about the origin of these houses. I am quite proud of this. Not because of having some knowledge about this topic, but because my Italian language skills are almost non-existing. This becomes quite critical when the native language of the children in the class in fact is Italian. But it worked out well. After having explained a bit, we placed the houses on a grid re-creating a tiny proportion of the city. All papercraft models in black and white almost the same, but painted by the children to each individual likings. The result (the houses on the grid as well as the class-room experience) is magnificent.
The paper models of the 2CV you find on this site form an excellent basis for creative classroom exercises. They are all similar in complexity, yet sufficiently different. Especially, if you take uncolored models, then the children in the class can do their own decoration.
Postcards supporting a touristic route around UithoornPublished on December 20, 2011To accompany the opening of a new information centrum, a set of postcards was developed to present a tourist route around Uithoorn, and to highlight the most characteristic and beautiful sights.
Living in Switzerland there are two things I came to appreciate and respect.
First, the disruptive force of weather. Born in Holland, I obviously have some natural respect for the powers of nature (specifically water and wind) but Holland, basically being flat, it boils down to a bit of wind and rain while biking. In Switzerland there are mountains. This means that apart from wind and rain they also have to deal with parts of mountains being fed up with the wind and rain and looking for new places to find some peace and quiet. Regretfully, very often, this turns out to be in the middle of the road, forcing the rest of us to drop whatever we are doing and try to remain peaceful and calm as well. For example, stop trying to move from Chaisso to Lugano, and wait patiently until the mountain decides to move on (very unlikely) or is helped to move on. And so we do, and with the flow of traffic you commonly find between Chiasso and lugano, we do in a very, very long cue.
Second, the efficiency with which the Swiss manage to clean the roads and allow us to continue with what ever we were doing. The cue may have been long, but the time spent standing in line often is very short.
I find it therefore not surprising that the 2CV 4×4, or 2CV Sahara, originally was created by a Swiss mountain Doctor. He needed a light but powerful car to get him to his patients no matter what road or weather condition. What he did was simple yet ingenious: simply add a second engine to the vehicle to drive the rear wheels (as you know the 2CV has a front wheel drive). Here is a nice article about the 2CV Sahara, describing the car in the environment it was build for; the sahara.
To join in the fun, you can download a paper model. Enjoy.
The first 2CV Charleston came on the market in the period 1979/1981. It was inspired by Art-Deco two colour styles 1920s Citroën model colour schemes. Initially introduced as a limited edition (red-black) it became a standard model in 1981. For about EUR 4500, with front disc brakes and nicer seats.
In 1982 the Charleston series was extended by the yellow-and-black color scheme, which wasn’t a success, and ceased production in 1983, and replaced by the more decently-colored cormorangrey-nightgrey combination. Download a paper model here: 2cv_1980s_AC446
The yellow Charleston (download a paper model here: 2cv_1980s_AC336, however, differs from the other two versions by the color of the A pillar and windscreen frame. Contrary to the other color schemes it was painted in the main color – yellow and not black as with the red model (or the grey one).
As any parent, I simply want the kids to be careful when they go playing outside. So, trying not to sound too boring, I used to say something like; “watch out for the elephants”, upon which our daughter firmly replied; “but dad, there are no elephants here”. Very firmly. Well, normally, yes. You do not find any elephant walking downtown small cities in Ticino. But sometimes you do. Et voilá, a nice cartoon.
In my enthusiasm, I am quite flexible in lending out books. Sharing writings that I have enjoyed. The good thing about this is that it may have contributed positively to the book industry. No, I do not dare implying that my contribution can be noticed on a global scale. But still… Continue reading →
The 2CV Pickup. Maninly used by the Royal Navy, aboard HMS Bulwark and Albion in the late 1950s and early 1960s,and transported on and off the ships by helicopter. The pick-up truck version was used for pioneering Royal Marine helicopter carrier amphibious operations because of the payload limitations of their first large helicoptersOriginally, without front door (Wiki).
Well, obviously this did not happen exactly how it is displayed. Not exactly. But at the time I was doing a project for a somewhat temperament person. He would tell you what he wanted and when he wanted to have it, in very, very clear terms. And even if you knew that what he actually was looking for was something different, any attempts to discuss were lost efforts simply eating away the scarce time you had left to complete the task assigned. – Yes, sir. And of you went. Well, one day he was asking for customer feedback. Since I was also involved in another project looking at customized shoes, things started to blur, resulting in the following cartoon.
Still one of my all-time favorites. Any change has hidden dangers and possible risks. ‘Is it really an opportunity or your next major mistake?’ and even when it is a mistake, is it at least an originally new one? Anyhow, at the time I was in the process of changing jobs, and had the pleasure of spending some time at a beach in Italy. Dangerous combination? Maybe. The beach was beautiful, but although a excellent day for swimming, hardly anybody was in the water. Initially I though this simply was in their genes. The experience of driving in Italy when it rains can only result in the conclusion that there is a natural and deeply rooted dislike for water. Possibly due to the heat, it inspired the following cartoon.
The Dolly versions were released in 1985, with two-tone paintwork in original colour combinations, such as vanilla and grey, green and black, and red and grey. Victims of their success, the èDolliesî also became standard production Citroens. Continue reading →
The 2 CV production line in France closed in February 1989. With lifetime sales of 3,868,633 units, the last 2 CV came out of the Mangualde plant in Portugal on 27 July 1990 – at 4 oçclock. This marked the end of the production history of this legendary vehicle, and the beginning of a new story, that of the 2 CV and its fans through Citroën clubs. Continue reading →
Another ‘true story’, illustrated with a cartoon. Bosch was an island that lay between Schiermonnikoog and Rottumeroog, on the north coast of the Netherlands. Inhabited up untill 1570, the island was practically washed away by the All Saints Flood of 1570, and then completely disappeared during the Christmas Flood of 1717. Continue reading →