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Build your own papercraft Curiosity rover

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

08-06-2012 14:01 CDT

Topics: fun, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

Here are links to two awesome papercraft models of the Curiosity rover that you can download and -- assuming you have a LOT of patience and a steady hand -- assemble. They won't be as durable as my plastic canvas ones of course but they are a lot more accurate! The one in the photo below was made by a fellow named Yogi active on the forum Reading the discussion about how this one was designed and came together is quite interesting; and of course the forum has lots of other papercraft spaceship designs for you to build! Another Curiosity rover design, by Julius Perdana, is available from (download link is at very bottom of that page). I would love to build one of these but am afraid to start lest it take over my life.

Paper model of Curiosity rover

Yogi at

Paper model of Curiosity rover
You can download the PDF from this site to make your own, and read about its making on the Paper Modelers forum.

And if you think that one is detailed, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Check out this model. Thanks to Glen Nagle for the tips to these two sites!

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CJ: 06/09/2012 02:09 CDT

These folks do amazing work. I'd never done papercraft modeling at anywhere near this level until recently when I needed to make some custom props. If you want the end result to look good, it's a lot tougher than it seems. Emily has supposed, it's addicting.

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