Inspired with George Lucas films, I decided to make Star Wars Low Poly Models Series. Let me introduce Darth Vader Papercraft Bust made out of paper! So let's begin. Warning! Since this is my main occupation and I'm earning on it for living, I can't make this pattern for free, in case you want to support me - you can download Darth Vader Papercraft here. Thank you for understanding.
Since it is fairly difficult model I tried to explain assembling as clear and simple as possible and I don’t recommend it to beginners.
There are several difficult parts, where I will give detailed instructions on the assembly, with everything else I think it will be easy to understand.
All parts goes in alphabetical order, so you just need to adhere to the assembly order, starting from A1, A2 and so on. More details in the next steps
Step 1: Printing, Cutting and Grouping Parts
First you will need to download and print the pattern and assembling instruction, whole model consist of 39 sheets (format A4), I recommend to use at least 160g/m2 paper or higher. I used black 160g/m2 paper for painting. Since the pattern goes blank you can use both colored paper and white (and then paint it)
After cutting, scoring and folding all parts, you can start assembling. I recommend to spread the details into groups, like A- parts together, B- parts together and so on
Step 2: Supplies - What You Will Need
For this project you will need:
- Brush (for glueing flaps)
- Tweezers (preferably, but not necessary)
- Utility knife
- Glue (I use PVA based glue, it forgives some mistakes and glues the paper well, leaving virtually no traces)
- Cutting mat (where you can cut paper, without harming your table)
Also you will need a nonworking pen or something similar to score the edges.
Step 3: Basic Definitions - How to Work With Pattern
- Every part marked with letter and number
- This is flaps - places which you use to glue parts together, they should be on inner side of the model
- Every edge has it's own number, it means 1 goes to 1, 459 to 459 - that is simple
- Dotted line means valley fold
- Dash dotted line means mountain fold
- You can use nonworking pen or can opener (but not sharp part) of the utility knife to pre-score edges for smooth folding.
- This is how valley fold should look like.
- This is how mountain fold should look like.
- Pre-scoring the edges for smooth folding
- Glueing small parts using brush
Step 4: The First and the Smallest Part - Nose
So after printing and grouping all parts, let me tell you about the most difficult part, these are the details of group B - the nose.
- First you need to cut and fold part B1, pre-score it and glue inner flaps. It has very small flaps, so I recommend to use tweezers
- Parts A and B constitute the face mask. I recommend to assemble B- parts, and then attach them to the A- parts. This is my personal recommendation, you can choose any assembling order
- Then assemble other B- parts to B1, do not rush, glue one flap at a time
- Then assemble B- part to A- parts
This is the hardest part because of small parts.
The rest of the model is much simpler. So be patient and you will succeed!
Step 5: Head
Some photos of the head assembling process, all parts are symmetrical and goes in alphabetical order, so you won't go wrong. In some places, where there is not enough length of fingers I use tweezers
Step 6: Chest and Shoulders
After head is ready, there goes chest and shoulders. I recommend to assemble shoulders separately and then assemble to chest.
Step 7: Stand
The last part is stand. Nothing difficult.
And that's all, guys!