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Title: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on September 04, 2013, 05:06:13 PM
Something I had in mind for quite a long time (and having finished two more kits quite recently made me think now is the rigth time): Cardboard models of birds! :)

Probably the most important artists who published kits of birds are Malcolm Topp (UK) who made the famous "Birdmobile" series of life-sized British birds in the 1970s and early 1980s, Johan Scherft (Netherlands) who was inspired by Malcolm Topp (but who, I think, has even surpassed him now) and makes his models in life size, too, and Ikuo Anazawa (Japan) who also makes phantastic paper sculptures (although the feathers are not drawn by hand) either life size or scaled down (especially super large birds like eagles, cranes, swans and such). However, I haven't built any of Ikuo Anazawa's models, yet.


I'll start with Malcolm Topp's Birdmobile, here is the complete series, all models are 1:1 scale... all are printed on quite rigid cardboard, approx. 160g/sqm. Despite their age (some kits are as much as 40 years old) they are still widely available at cardboard model dealers.

Birdmobile European Series:

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No. 1 (1973): Hirundo rustica Linnaeus, 1758; Barn Swallow. Length approx. 200 mm, wing span approx. 316 mm.

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No. 2 (1973): Alcedo atthis (Linnaeus, 1758); Common Kingfisher. Length approx. 176 mm, wing span approx. 250 mm.

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No. 3 (1973): Athene noctua (Scopoli, 1769); Little Owl. Length approx. 228 mm, wing span approx. 380 mm.

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No. 4 (1978): Motacilla flava flavissima Blyth, 1834; Yellow-crowned Wagtail. Length 187 mm, wing span approx. 245 mm.

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No. 5 (1978): Erithacus rubecula (Linnaeus, 1768); European Robin. Length 146 mm, wing span 227 mm.

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No. 6 (1978): Sitta europaea Linnaeus, 1758; Eurasian Nuthatch. Length 142 mm, wing span 266 mm.

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No. 7 (1978): Dendrocopos minor (Linnaeus, 1758); Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Length 145 mm, wing span 255 mm.


Birdmobile Birds of Prey Series:

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No. 1 (1976): Falco columbarius Linnaeus, 1758; Merlin (male). Length approx. 270 mm, wing span approx. 530 mm.

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No. 2 (1983): Pandion haliaetus (Linnaeus, 1758); Osprey.
This one is the masterpiece of the collection and quite impressive at approx. 520 mm length and 1520 mm wing span! The neck is movable and the model is also dismountable for transport, the wings and legs can be removed. The trout (it's a Brown Trout, Salmo trutta f. fario) too.

Edit 2014-12-02: Updated broken image urls.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: widukind on September 04, 2013, 05:41:09 PM
Nice :)
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: animaltoyforum on September 04, 2013, 05:58:44 PM
These are really lovely, though I wouldn't have the patience to construct them myself!  :-[
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: postsaurischian on September 04, 2013, 06:51:07 PM
 :D Awesome! I love the Merlin!
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: tyrantqueen on September 04, 2013, 08:10:53 PM
I like the merlin and osprey.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: Jetoar on September 04, 2013, 08:27:22 PM
 Eurasian Nuthatch  ^-^ my favorite passeriform bird  ^-^.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on September 05, 2013, 09:56:34 AM
Yay, thank you all! :)

So here are the incredible cardboard models by Johan Scherft, at least the ones I have built so far... He initially made his kits for Leon Schuijt, a Dutch cardboard model publisher, but now he mostly offers his models on his own website (http://www.johanscherft.com/papercraft.html). Some of the smaller birds are even free downloads! :o ^-^

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Otus scops (Linnaeus, 1758); Eurasian Scops Owl. Height including base 191 mm. The model can be bought from the artist's website: www.johanscherft.com/scopsowlII.html

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Tyto alba guttata (C.L. Brehm, 1831); Central European Barn Owl. Height 327 mm. Published by Leon Schuijt ("De Kerkuil") and available from cardboard model shops.

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Garrulus glandarius (Linnaeus, 1758); Eurasian Jay. Length approx. 330 mm. Published by Leon Schuijt ("De Vlaamse Gaai").

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Alcedo atthis (Linnaeus, 1758); Common Kingfisher. Length 139 mm, total height of model 144 mm. Published by Leon Schuijt ("De Ijsvogel").

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Upupa epops Linnaeus, 1758; Hoopoe. Length approx. 275 mm, height including base 209 mm. The model can be bought from the artist's website: www.johanscherft.com/hoopoe.html

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Sturnus vulgaris Linnaeus, 1758; Common Starling. Length 183 mm. Published by Leon Schuijt ("De Spreeuw").

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Passer domesticus Linnaeus, 1758; House Sparrow, male and female. Lengths 138 and 125 mm. Published by Leon Schuijt ("De Huismus").

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Regulus ignicapilla (Temminck, 1820); Common Firecrest, male (foreground) and female (background). Length 88 mm. Available here (as a free download): http://www.johanscherft.com/papercraft.html

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Parus major Linnaeus, 1758 and Cyanistes caeruleus (Linnaeus, 1758); Great Tit and Blue Tit. Lengths approx. 135 and 120 mm. Published by Leon Schuijt ("De Koolmees en de Pimpelmees").

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Troglodytes troglodytes (Linnaeus, 1758); Eurasian Wren. Length approx. 95 mm (if tail was stretched out). Available here (as a free download): http://www.johanscherft.com/papercraft.html

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Lophorina superba (Pennant, 1781); Superb Bird-of-Paradise. Female (length approx. 240 mm) and male (length approx. 245 mm). Available here (the female is a free download): http://www.johanscherft.com/birdofparadise.html

There are even more which I haven't built yet, e.g. the newly released Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus and his other Kingfisher. Johan Scherft is also working on other kits, e.g. a life-size Archaeopteryx.

Oh, and for the dinosaur enthusiasts: about a year ago he also released a "Microceratops" (=Graciliceratops)...
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The model is approx. 605 mm long and 200 mm high. Available here: http://www.johanscherft.com/microceratops.html

Edit 2015-10-17: Updated broken image urls.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: Jetoar on September 05, 2013, 12:03:01 PM
Eurasian Scops Owl is gorgeous  ^-^.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: Battatitan on September 08, 2013, 11:36:24 AM
Incredible models, Brontodocus, and beautifully photographed (as ever) :) Could I ask how complicated they are to assemble and how long each model takes to build? I would love to have a go at building them but I fear I haven't got the knack of it.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on October 04, 2013, 08:48:08 PM
Incredible models, Brontodocus, and beautifully photographed (as ever) :) Could I ask how complicated they are to assemble and how long each model takes to build? I would love to have a go at building them but I fear I haven't got the knack of it.
Oh, sorry for my late reply, Battatitan... :-[ It depends, the hardest of all the ones I posted above may be the Birdmobile Osprey because it is not easy to handle these super size parts. I remember that the wings had a huge surface that needed to be glued together in one single step, I used spraying glue for that because I was fearing anything else might completely soak the paper and cause ugly wrinkles before the glue is applied completely. For everything else I only use white glue. The smaller of the Birdmobile models like e.g. the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Wagtail, Nuthatch, or Robin may be the easiest since they are simplified, symmetrical, and only consist of very few parts. Those took only a few hours each. But on the other hand the best idea would probably be to get one of Johan Scherft's free models first since you can download them and look at the templates first - and he has uploaded some manuals to youtube, too. :) Personally I found the firecrests very easy (despite me having quite huge hands) but they are very small, of course. I haven't built his free downloadable Kingfisher, yet, but I guess it won't be too difficult as well. I would also recommend to have good equipment for cardboard modelling at hand, i.e. self-healing cutting mat, x-acto knife, good and sharp small scissors, white glue, skewers to apply glue... oh, and I made the experience that whenever I had too much coffee I should do something else instead of cardboard modelling... ;) ;D

EDIT: One thing I forgot: Some examples for how long it takes to build such a model... The osprey took me about four days if I remember correctly, the small Birdmobiles like the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker about three hours, the Scops Owl about five and the Hoopoe about eight hours including cutting out the templates and colouring the cutting edges. But these weren't completed on the same day that I started them since some parts had to dry overnight.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: HKHollinstone on October 26, 2013, 12:55:13 PM
These are amazing, I love the scops owl.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on October 26, 2013, 04:02:20 PM
These are amazing, I love the scops owl.
Thanks, Harriet! There are even more releases (which I already have but I haven't built them, yet):
http://www.johanscherft.nl/bouwplaat%20het%20puttertje.html
http://www.johanscherft.com/paperbirds.html
The latter of the two, the kit with the North American birds, comes in two versions, on the photo there is a kit with enough sheets for 12 birds (three of each of the four species) but I've got a version with 4*4 kits, so it's 16 models altogether! :D It's just been released a few days ago and is widely (probably virtually worldwide) available via bookstores or amazon.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on December 02, 2013, 11:22:43 PM
From Johan Scherft's new set "Beautiful Paper Birds: Easy-to-make Lifelike Models" (available worldwide through e.g. amazon and highly recommended, enough sheets for sixteen birds and even the glue is included), here is the first one I've built (okay, I built it twice but I only kept one):

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Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis (Linnaeus, 1758). Length approx. 205 mm. The kit itself includes stands that have to be be mounted to a wall but there are additional stands like the ones here in the photo available for free via Johan Scherft's website. Building time was about four or five hours each.

Edit 2015-10-17: Updated broken image urls.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: tyrantqueen on December 03, 2013, 01:57:39 AM
Pretty cardinals :) Is this the book you were talking about? And does it include the birds of prey, or just the songbirds? Thanks :)

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Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on December 03, 2013, 07:44:29 AM
Yes, that's the one (although it's rather a box with glue, a manual in booklet form, and the templates as loose sheets of cardboard). The kit includes the four birds seen on the cover - but each of them four times so you could make sixteen birds altogether with one kit. Previous models are not included, though. The availability of his other models remains the same as it was, either through his website (his newer models) or via cardboard model shops (his kits published by Leon Schuijt).
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: postsaurischian on December 04, 2013, 09:00:05 PM
....... here is the first one I've built (okay, I built it twice but I only kept one)

He, he, I have the other one :). The Cardinal is so cute. He makes me smile each time I look at him.
Thanks for that beautiful birthday present :).
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on December 05, 2013, 01:44:18 PM
You're welcome, Helge! :) And I'm glad you could fix the dent on the chest it received during transit.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on November 29, 2014, 07:53:59 PM
It's been a while... but in the meantime, Johan Scherft keeps on releasing new paper models.

The smallest one so far is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris (Linnaeus, 1758). Total length is only approx. 90 mm long (including the almost 20 mm long bill) which makes this one a bit harder to assemble:
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The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is available through Johan Scherft's website http://www.johanscherft.com/papercraft.html and can be downloaded for free. A larger (supposedly easier) version exists, too, but of course I wanted to go for life size. The stands were made from XOR polyester resin and 1.3 mm brass wire.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on October 31, 2015, 08:51:51 PM
And slowly, slowly, my collection of paper birds is growing...

Just two weeks ago, Johan Scherft has released yet another life-sized cardboard model of a bird. This time, it's one of the most well-known birds of Australia, the Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae (Hermann, 1783). Needless to say, I had to get this model on the spot. Yesterday I finished it:

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This is also one of his larger models (standing height approx. 300 mm). The large size makes most (but not all) parts rather easy to assemble, however, I think attaching the head is trickier with the bigger models. On the other hand, the larger models usually take longer to cut out and assemble. I can only estimate since I didn't build mine continuously, but in the end it may have taken me about ten hours. The Laughing Kookaburra is available through Johan Scherft's website: http://www.johanscherft.com/kookaburra.html
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: Jetoar on October 31, 2015, 10:02:38 PM
Papercraft Kookaburra is really beautiful  :o.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: stargatedalek on November 01, 2015, 12:57:04 AM
Beautiful! I have quite a few papercraft animals downloaded that I haven't printed off, I even bought cardstock but I need to buy ink before I can get around to it.

That osprey in the OP is my favorite, absolutely outstanding.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on November 01, 2015, 09:03:07 AM
Thanks, Jetoar and stargatedalek! :)
That osprey in the OP is my favorite, absolutely outstanding.
As far as I know the Birdmobile Osprey is still available. An updated edition with enhanced colours has been released a few years ago but mine is from the original edition (I still have an unbuilt kit at home just in case my osprey falls from the ceiling and needs a spare part but so far there has never been an accident in about 11 years since I built it). The kit is expensive (around 50) and some experience is required to glue the wings - you'd have to cover a ridiculously large area with the proper amount of white glue so that the glue neither dries before everything is covered nor too much excess glue spills out when the parts are pressed together.

I'd recommend building a few of the other kits first. Considering the level of difficulty, I found that Johan Scherft's female Superb Bird-of-Paradise (http://www.johanscherft.com/birdofparadise.html) was probably the easiest one to assemble. But all Birdmobiles other than the Osprey are quite easy, too, and if you have small hands and small parts are no problem for you, Johan Scherft's firecrests are fairly easy, too - and the templates only require very little ink. Usually, I print out most models twice to have spare parts if something goes wrong (although this rarely ever happens but I recall I had to make several attempts with the Ruby-throated hummingbird's wings).

If you attempt to make one of these birds you should use a pair of very good, pointy scissors, an x-acto knife or scalpel, tweezers, white glue (and no other glue), and something to paint the cutting edges. I prefer Pitt Artist Pens (the thicker ones labelled "B") or crayons. Johan Scherft himself touches up his models with watercolour but I'm very hesitant to do this when the templates were printed with an inkjet printer because of the risk of colour bleeding. This is a big advantage of commercially available kits that are offset printed, here you can easily paint the cutting edges with watercolour without the risk of bleeding of the template's original colours. In some cases I also use small neodym magnets (6 mm in diameter) which can hold glued tabs in place until they are dry.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: stargatedalek on November 01, 2015, 04:17:28 PM
I have absolutely no experience, so I think I probably made a good choice to start with the Canon Papercraft models. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/categories/CAT-ST01-0072/index.html

Most don't hold a candle to any of these birds you have, but some (the insects in particular) are still very nice.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: brontodocus on November 07, 2015, 10:01:21 AM
I have absolutely no experience, so I think I probably made a good choice to start with the Canon Papercraft models. http://cp.c-ij.com/en/categories/CAT-ST01-0072/index.html

Most don't hold a candle to any of these birds you have, but some (the insects in particular) are still very nice.
I've built some of the more complicated free Canon Creative Park models. The PinoArt Giraffe and Zebra might be more difficult to assemble than Johan Scherft's birds. Some of the models at Canon Creative Park are just too simple for my taste but I'd like to recommend these: There is a huge Supersaurus (http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/CNT-0011445/index.html) (over 1 m total length if it wasn't for the curved neck and tail) which is quite easy but requires very much ink. And the Emperor Penguin (http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/CNT-0010275/index.html) is easy, too, but the result looks good (it's also quite a large model standing approx. 24 cm tall). Both models are by Ayumu Saito/Craft Pocket. Unfortunately, I have no experience with assembling Ikuo Anazawa's bird models, yet.
If you want to start with really easy beginner's models, Keiji Kawaguchi's Peramodel (http://www.venus.dti.ne.jp/~kpd/member.html) and Raspera (http://www.raspera.com/english.html) templates used to require a password which could be bought (and I did that in case of the Raspera models) but they are now available for free. Some of the Raspera models are quite nice and they are very easy to assemble. So far, I have built the Panther Chameleon, Ferret, Shoebill, Southern Cassowary, Black-crowned Night Heron, "Rhinoceros Hornbill" (actually a Wrinkled Hornbill), Humboldt Penguin, Dodo, Gemsbok, Mammoth (looks more like a Mastodon), Chicken, Japanese Grosbeak, Blue-footed Booby, and Four-horned Chameleon.
Title: Re: Cardboard models of birds (Birdmobile & Johan Scherft)
Post by: stargatedalek on November 07, 2015, 01:34:28 PM
Those are amazing! And most seem really good to start with! Thanks you so much, I think I'll try out some of those blank templates to get the feel of it while I wait on colour ink.