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Transparant papercraft parts by ninjatoespapercraft Transparant papercraft parts by ninjatoespapercraft
Sometimes I use transparant parts on my paper models, like on windshields and such, and this time on the visor for Lara's Extreme Depth Suit from her Chronicles adventure.

The trouble is, that you can see through transparant parts...

One one hand that's great of course (that's why you would use them), but it means they will also show the glueing tabs...

On this particular part though, I think you can get away with cutting off the glueing tabs that would show (the two in the center).

Because there are not a lot of unconnected edges (just two basically if you do it the way I did), and because you can shape the stiff transparant sheet by scoring it and making nice, sharp folds, and then "lock" the shape by glueing the other glueing tabs all around the edge to the rest of the helmet, the visor still keeps its shape despite not actually being glued together in the middle.

I don't think it will work on many parts, but in this case, it worked perfectly for me!
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Noemie-in-Art Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I did this one!
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ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I just saw her in your gallery, you did a great job I think!
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L8-Knight Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Hey do you have a link for others to get this character? I would really like to try my hand at making this guy ^^
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ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Sure thing, the complete paper model of Lara in her Chronicles' Extreme Depth Suit is on my papercraft webpage: [link]
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L8-Knight Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
OH YEAH, lol, I am totally getting this right now ^^ thank you so much, haha
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ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
No problem, have fun building! ;o)
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L8-Knight Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
^^ oh I will totally, lol
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TracedScar Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
I got some transpaper, but that stuffs EXPENSIVE 50 bucks for a pack of 50, and ten of those fifty were EXTRA!!!
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ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
Yes, transparancies are very expensive... The price depends on the thickness of the sheets but also more importantly, *printable* transparancies are *a lot* more expensive than normal ones (the surface is usually a bit rough to the touch on those).

Unless there is some sort of texture on the transparant part, you don't need an expensive printable transparancy: it's easier (and cheaper) to print the part on a normal sheet of paper, and then just take a permanent marker and trace the design on a normal (and less expensive) transparancy (that's what I did as I can see).

So if you got the printable kind, I would save those for another occasion! ;o)
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TracedScar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
I might actually use my transpaper for this, so far, I've only seen about 3 papercrafts using transparent parts...
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ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
A common use is for airplane cockpits (in papercraft of course...) and so far I only used it a couple as times as a windshield as well (well, and for the prop disk on the Yellow Comet Fighter and the rigging on the "Going Merry", but in those cases it was just a "carrier" for the "textures").

And just recently of course Fezco used it on the lantern for his Tonberry: [link]

(although it might be fun to use calque paper instead to get a more diffuse light instead of one bright shining point light; but then you wouldn't be able to see the candle anymore of course and over all it would be a bit less bright, so it depends if you want to make the gimmic lit version or just the model as a game memento to marvel at ;o)
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zelas Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
ohhh that is neat!
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ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Thanks!
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Christinabean Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Dear god, I should have known you'd be the one to crack the code as to how to go about doing transparent parts! :aww:

Ground breaking!
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ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Haha, hardly... I don't think it will work if the part has many more folds and or cuts, but it works quite nice in this case!
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bratchny Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
I gotta say, it does look very impressive and cool, but unfortunately I don't have any transparent sheet :( But I think I will just make Lara's head and glue it on there, kinda so it looks like her visor's been removed or something =p
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ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Because the transparancy doesn't need to be printable or anything, you could really use any (stiff) sheet, like from a box of packaging or something.

Or you could use the textured version, and then print a 2D image of Lara's face and glue it to the front of the helmet.

Or you could just do what you said of course. ;o)
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bratchny Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
All I have is some thin plastic pockets that you clip into a folder and put papers in, if you get what I'm talking about. They're too thin and floppy so they won't work :( But I don't care, I'll make her head without the visor, it'll still look pretty cool!
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ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
If you mean what I think you do then yeah, those aren't stiff enough; it really works best with a rigid sheet, unless you do use all the glueing tabs (then the visor part acts just like any paper part of course, and you can use a lot less rigid sheet).

But I can understand that if you want to build it, you would rather make just the head and know for sure you'll like it, than to experiment with something somebody else tells you about and risk ending up with something you're not completely happy about... ;o)

Have fun building!
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bratchny Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Haha, that's right, plus I've never glued plastic before, it could turn out badly, with glue prints everywhere, knowing me =p So I'll just make her head, at least I know I can do that!
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Madenice Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome :)
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ninjatoespapercraft Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Thanks, it did turn out really nice!
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Madenice Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yw :)
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