Friday

Snoopy's Favorite, the Sopwith Camel paper model

Here is a nice little model of Snoopy's favorite ride, the Sopwith Camel. The page is in Japanese, but the model is straight forward and easy to build. Scroll down the page until you see "Sopwith F.1 Camel" right below that is the link to the model, it is in Japanese but it says PDF in the file name. This is a small model, the whole thing fits on one sheet of paper, but it is well worth the time. You should put some extra effort into detailing the model, put some bend in the wings, add in the wing wires, etc. for a great model.



Reference Pages:
http://www.cbrnp.com/profiles/quarter1/barkers-camel.htm
http://sped2work.tripod.com/camel.html
http://www.airmuseumsuk.org/museum/IWMLondon/800/pages/193%20Sopwith%20Camel%202F1.htm


Bonus Model - Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace




http://www.chthulhu.com/models/ace.html

There are two versions of the model, the image above is from version 1, version 2 is in yellow with an air corp logo on the dog house.



Sunday

Free User Manuals and Owners Guides

I know that this isn't a paper model, but this free manual site is just too useful not to mention it. On http://www.manualsonline.com/ you can find free manuals for over 600,000 devices, computers, tools, etc. Tons of useful info, especially if you have misplaced that manual.

So, not a paper tech model, but if you print out a manual you will have paper for tech.

http://www.manualsonline.com/

Wednesday

US Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules Paper Model

Spring and Summer are great times to go boating, but of course the more boats, the more boating accidents. Recently in the news there have been a couple of possible fake distress calls to the US Coast Guard. This of course required a huge expenditure of time and effort for the Coast Guard to go hunting for these non-existing ships. Hopefully those responsible will be caught and prosecuted.

Coast Guard suspicious of similarities between hoax distress calls in NJ and Texas

US Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules paper model from Paper-Replika.com

 To honor the great men and women of the US Coast Guard who frequently risk their lives to save others, here is a perfect paper model of a US Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules. This one is from Paper-Replika.com, one of the best paper model sites on the internet.

Here is the link for the US Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules paper model

Here are some shots of the real thing, HC-130J Super Hercules used for long range Surveillance. The US Coast Guard currently has 6 of these aircraft.

US Coast Guard HC-130J Super Hercules in flight

US Coast Guard HC-130J Super Hercules  - over the coast

US Coast Guard HC-130J Super Hercules

US Coast Guard HC-130J Super Hercules - nice shot

 You can find out more about the US Coast Guard use of the HC-130J here:

http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/LRS

 

Saturday

U.S. Air Force X-37B Unmanned Space Plane paper model

Today the X-37B Space Plane landed after 15 months in orbit. Nothing is known about what this space plane did for 15 months or what it will be used for in the future, but it is interesting none the less. Looks like a miniature Space Shuttle.

X-37B Air Force Spy Space Plane paper model


Here is a nice little paper model of the space plane. To be completely authentic to the X-37B the colors will need to be modified as this model is for an earlier version. But still a great model anyway.

You can find this model, along with a bunch of other neat space stuff at The Lower Hudson Valley E-Gift Shop. Don't worry about the "Shop" part of the name, the models are free downloads.

Here is the direct link to the X-37B model

You can find out a lot more about this unmanned space plane here:
http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app4/x-37.html

Pictures of the real thing:
X-37B Air Force Spy Space Plane after landing

X-37B Air Force Spy Space Plane after landing



Friday

1/100 Lippisch P.04 Concept WWII German Flying Wing

Here is an interesting paper model of the 1/100 Lippisch P.04 Concept German Flying Wing. Looks like it may be the plane that the neat flying wing in Indiana Jones was modeled after. It always fascinates me how far aeronautics advanced during WWII. We started off with bi-planes and ended up with Jets, Rocket Planes, Flying Wings, etc.
This model costs 6.50 to download, but if you are as interested in flying wings as I am at the moment then it is worth the small price.

http://ecardmodels.com/1100-lippisch-concept-multi-layer-paper-model-p-2255.html


Thursday

Nice little B2 STealth Bomber paper model

Following on our last Flying Wing posting, here is a nice little paper model of the B2 Stealth Bomber. This one is from Japan, lots of great model designers in Japan. The model is on 3 sheets in PDF file format, full color. The instructions are in English and Japanese, so whichever language you speak you will have no trouble. I went with the English.

B2 paper model

B2 Stealth Bomber

Sunday

German WWII Horten Ho XVIII B-2 1:72 paper model

Here is a very nicely done paper model of the German Horten Ho XVIII B-2 in 1:72 scale. Several nice details, including clear cockpit glazing. The model is designed for landing gear down, but it would not be difficult to build it with landing gear up.

This is one of the experimental designs that Germany was working on towards the end of the war, a long range bomber that could target the USA. It is fascinating how advanced the German thinking was at that time. The war began with bi-planes and ended with missiles, rocket planes, and jets.

There are several nice build photos, plus exceptional build diagrams. The model is in PDF format.

http://myhobbycraft.blogspot.com/2011/06/horten-ho-xviii-b-2-172.html 

There are more great models on this site, well worth a look.