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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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:iconnoemie-in-art:
I did this one!
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:iconninjatoespapercraft:
I just saw her in your gallery, you did a great job I think!
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:iconl8-knight:
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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:iconninjatoespapercraft:
Sure thing, the complete paper model of Lara in her Chronicles' Extreme Depth Suit is on my papercraft webpage: [link]
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:iconl8-knight:
OH YEAH, lol, I am totally getting this right now ^^ thank you so much, haha
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:iconninjatoespapercraft:
No problem, have fun building! ;o)
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:iconl8-knight:
^^ oh I will totally, lol
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:icontracedscar:
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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:iconninjatoespapercraft:
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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:icontracedscar:
I might actually use my transpaper for this, so far, I've only seen about 3 papercrafts using transparent parts...
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