The Legend of Zelda young Link

027003 young Link (July 19, 2006)
from: The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask video game / size: ± 17,5 cm

parts with fold lines (1,34 MB PDF file)
parts without fold lines (1,15 MB PDF file)
instructions (1,08 MB PDF file)

some extra help on Link’s head, hair and cap: 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
some extra help on Link’s body: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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About ninjatoes

I love papercraft - so I made my own for you to download, print and build! :o)

Posted on July 19, 2006, in Majora's Mask (N64), The Legend of Zelda and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 48 Comments.

  1. I don’t understand how the crap you do this! Why can’t there be a video tutorial?!

    • A step-by-step instructional papercraft video would become much too long, I’m afraid…! ;o) And with my video editing skills, I’m not sure if it would be any clearer…

      Young Link has lots of tricky parts, so it’s important to make sure you fold all the parts properly (especially if you’re building the version without fold lines, because it’s easy to miss a fold…!) Then try shaping the parts without glue first to see if it fits as shown in the step-by-step picture instructions. You can also look at the finished pictures or the extra help. It’s still quite a difficult papercraft, so take your time and take lots of breaks when a certain part is frustrating you, so you can have a clear mind if you want to try it later. ;o)

      I’m sorry that I can’t clarify the instructions better, I hope you’ll manage or can enjoy some other papercrafts you like because the most important thing is to have fun! ;o)

  2. This is so awesome cx

  3. can you PLEASE make the lines on adult link like this?

    • When I made this papercraft Link, Pepakura Designer v.1 (the program I used to make the unfolded patterns) would only let you choose black lines, or no lines.

      So the idea was, that you would print the lineless version, and would use the black lined version only as reference, to see where you should fold the lineless version, like this:

      But in the later version of Pepakura Designer (v.2), you could choose any colour fold line you want, so instead of having to make two versions, from then on I made only one version, with the same principle: the lines on the printed version would be very hard to see (so the paper model would look better, without lines in the face and such), but on your computer, you can use the PDF file as reference to see where you should fold the printed version.

      So unfortunately, I only make one version of my newer models, and of course since I already don’t have as much time as I’d like to make new models, I really can’t redo old models; people are welcome to rework the paper models they want to build themselves to make it easier or better, but I can’t do it for them, sorry… :o(

  4. Can you make a PDO file, PLEASE, the head is fairly difficult ;o
    Cheers, Tyinplop

    • I’m sorry, but the PDF file is the only version there is of my papercraft Link… I made some extra help a long time ago for the head and the hair, but it is still difficult;

      An important thing is to make sure you didn’t forget any fold lines, and that you folded them the right way (up or down; called valley or mountain fold).

      When you’ve made sure of that, then you can shape it the way you think the parts should be (without glue first on difficult parts!) and try if they fit together that way. If not, compare it with the pictures (there are some in the “hall of fame” too, that are sometimes clearer than my own ones: then often it’s easier to see what the problem is than when you just look at the one part and can’t put it together separately.

      And the most important thing is to take your time of course, and when you keep having problems with specific parts, don’t feel bad to take a break completely and leave the paper model alone for a while: put all the parts somewhere safe, and then maybe in a little while, you feel like trying again and maybe the parts that gave you problems before are easier then with a clear head.

      I’m sorry I can’t help you better than this, but I hope you will be able to get past the problem parts…!

  5. I can´t finish step 5 in young link, can you please make a tutorial video or something for it to be easier?

    • I’m afraid I simply don’t have the time to make extra help on all the steps, but I hope that with the parts you already built and glued together in front of you and if you keep trying, you will be able to figure out how to glue on part 6:

      Make sure you didn’t forget any fold lines and that you folded them the right way (up or down) by checking with the PDF version with fold lines.

      If you already assembled and glued together parts 1-5, you will see how the white part of part 6 glues to the bottom of the head, to part 5 just like how it is arranged on the templates.

      If you look at the template, on part 4, there are two small, triangular shaped parts on the ends of either side each with two small glueing tabs; those two small parts each go between the yellow hair parts and the white part on part 6.

      The small glueing tabs on the yellow hair parts on part 6 should be glued to the only edge of the yellow hair parts on part 3.

      It sounds very difficult since I’m explaining it in just words, but like I said, I hope with the assembled parts in front of you, I hope you understand what I mean…!

      Fold the fold lines of part 6 and try to match it against the head that you assembled so far already without using glue first, so you can always change it if it’s not correct.

      Of course each glueing tab only fits against an edge that is the same size, so try to match up the right size glueing tab with the right edge, and once you’re happy that you got it right, apply some glue and glue it on permanently! ;o)

      I’m sorry I can’t help you better than this, but I hope you can figure it out!

  6. can u please make or find me a video tutorial because im having trouble making the hair

    • I’m afraid I can’t offer you any more help than I already did, sorry…

      Check the PDF parts file version with lines to see if you didn’t forget any fold lines, and if you folded them the right way especially on part 7 (up for valley folds, and down for mountain folds).

      Score all the fold lins before folding them, to make it much easier to make the sharp/crisp folds you need to make.

      Once you are sure you got all the folds right, try without glue first if the parts go together the way you thought and see if it looks the same that way as it does in the pictures.

      Like I said, on these parts there’s some extra help that you can see if you click the numbered links next to “some extra help on Link’s head, hair and cap:” just below the parts and instructions download link.

      Links 1-6 are 3D screenshots that show you more clearly what the shape of the parts of the hair should be.

      Under Link 7 you will see a schematic showing you to which edge each of the glueing tabs of the hair should be glued.

      Link 8 will show you a few extra pictures to show how the hair looks on the finished model.

      Make sure you got all the folds right, and take your time studying the extra schematic and images, and try without glue first if you can put the parts together so the result looks the same.

      If you really can’t get it to work and it’s really getting too frustrating, leave the model alone for a while and try again later when you have a fresh head again and maybe it’ll be easier to get it right then.

      I’m sorry I can’t help you better than this, but I hope that with these tips you’ll be able to figure it out!

    • You did a great job! Would you like me to add your it to the hall of fame?

      I hope you had fun building your paper Link, thanks for showing me the pictures! ;o)

      • Haha sure, thanks :P.
        Yep it was fun (i shrunk it to half the original size though so the really small pieces got a bit difficult, ie. the sword pommel)! Can’t wait to build the next one, not sure what to make next yet though.

        • I didn’t even realize you made it half the original size! ;o) You did a great job, and I’ve added it to the hall of fame here: link

          I hope you like it! There are many papercraft websites out there nowadays, so I’m sure you will be able to find one you’d like to do next; have fun building! ;o)

          • I.Need.Help

            Hey you guys seem to be awsome at papercrafts you think you can explain me how to add peice #12 AKA the final piece to complete links head or also to complete links cap plz i need help

            • I made a little schematic that will hopefully make things a bit more clear:

              First, if you’re building the version without fold lines, have a look at the version with lines to make sure you didn’t miss any folds: young Link is a “blocky” paper model, so score the fold lines before folding so you can easily make sharp, crisp folds.

              Maybe the trouble you’re having is with the red arrow on the little schematic I made? Have a close look at step 10 and 11 in the instructions; you will see that the end of the cap (part 12) has a “pyramid-like” shape that forms the “point”/”tip” of the cap.

              When you score and fold all the fold lines on the parts and follow the red arrow on the little schematic, that point/tip forms itself automatically, and the other, open end of part 12 is glued to part 11.

              I hope this helps: make sure you got all the fold lines right, and keep trying and then I’m sure you’ll get it right! ;o)

  7. I tried, but he can’t stand on his own… Due to my papercrafting abilities. Nice job on yours, though.

    • If you’re careful, you can try bending his leg a bittle so he won’t fall over anymore. But don’t overdo it of course, or you’ll wrinkle the legs…!

      Another simple solution is to glue him to a nice stand; it’s not very difficult to make your own, but you can also find some pre-made ones online.

      • hey Ninjatoes!
        how did you make this? or did you find it? im talking about the template

        • All the paper models that you can download from my papercraft webpage here were made by myself; some I simply drew by hand with pencil and a piece of paper, then colouring them and scanning the parts, but for others like young Link, I used a program called Pepakura Designer (link) to unfold a digital 3D model into 2D papercraft parts.

          Pepakura Designer is really easy to use, and it is shareware so you can try it out before you decide to buy a registration key to save your work if you want to. You do need a 3D program too to either create a 3D model from scratch or to edit an already existing one, but there are many free 3D programs like SketchUp, Blender, Metasequoia, …

  8. Ninjatoes! I love your models, but why don’t you include a pdo? It would make everything so much easier. Right now it’s a total pain trying to figure out where all the tabs glue on.

    • Normally, there simply isn’t a Pepakura *.pdo file that will let you build the model like you can with the PDF-file. ;o)

      The PDF-file is the only file that has all the fixed parts together (after the test build, I usually don’t unfold the entire model again, but just the fixed parts and then I copy+paste them together in Photoshop).

      Some things are just easier to fix in Photoshop after unfolding the parts (especially textures) and as a bonus, I can fool around with the lay out pf the sheets and add part numbers, arrows, etc. in Photoshop much easier than in Pepakura. ;o)

      If you’re having trouble with certain parts, first make sure you’re valley-folding where you need to valley-fold, and mountain-folding where you need to mountain-fold; pre-shaping properly is very important, because it gives you a good clue on how to assemble a part.

      Try assembling the part without glue first; then if it doesn’t fit, you can often easily see what you did wrong and how you need to correct it.

      And of course: don’t try to rush anything and have fun building! ;o) If you feel like you’re getting frustrated because it’s proving more difficult or because it’s taking very long, it’s better to take a break and picking it up later when you feel like it again, than forcing yourself to go on.

      There is some extra help for Link in my Webshots album (link) that may help you too.

      Good luck and have fun building! ;o)

  9. cool models you sale im a 1 fan of link

  10. Hey ninjatoes, just want to congratulate you for all your works they are amazing, and thank you for sharing them. Hope you somehow get profit from this.

    I’ll try to do this one I’m a die hard fan of OOT :)

  11. This might be my next one. But is it really hard or harder than fierce diety? It looks cool and I like young link from majoras mask alot.

    • I think young Link is a bit more difficult than Fierce Deity Link, yes.

      The most challenging part is probably glueing his cap to his head+hair, so it deserves some extra care, but it’s definately not undoable of course. ;o)

      Have fun building!

  12. Umm…. since I like to mix and match swords and shields… do you know a way to keep the shield on his back without gluing it there permanetly?

    • One way would be to cut a small square piece of cardstock (you could use a left over piece from the templates and colour it green) and glue only the bottom half to Link’s back, so that you can pull back the top half to place the strap of the shield there.

      Or you could use double-sided tape, often you can remove it without damaging the papercraft if you’re careful enough. If you don’t have double-sided tape, you can take a small piece of regular tape, and tape the two ends together (with the sticky side on the outside).

      But those are just two ways that I can think of from the top of my head right now. I’m sure you can think of something that you’ll be happy with, have fun!

  13. munkyface710

    Well actually, that description in the PDF is only partially right. To be clear, the entire timeline forks after the end of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask follows in the child’s timeline, as does Twilight Princess. Wind Waker and both DS games are a part of the adult timeline, so the Link in MM is only one of the Links from OoT.

  14. pleas i want a yung link for my calection games and toys i have this will make me happy im a fan of legend of zelda majors mask

    • Well, you can download the parts and instructions to make it right here! ;o)

      It can be a challenging model, so be sure to take your time, and if you need a break, leave it alone for as long as you need, until you feel like working on it again.

      Good luck and have fun building!

  15. uhh is there away you could try to make a sheik or a ganondorf and by the way im a zelda addict

    • I already made a Ganondorf in his “King of Evil” form from Ocarina of Time (link) and I might make another form of him in the future.

      Sheik is also on my to do-list, but I haven’t made him yet. Icthus7 made a papercraft Sheik that he made limited available for a while (link) (but to be honest, I’m sure you can find it somewhere on the internet now if you search for it of course…)

      He also made a different version of Ganondorf, which is still available (link). And if you want to make “Beast-Ganon”, you can try Billybob884’s version (link)

      I hope that’s enough to keep you busy for a while, have fun building! ;o)

  16. i am thinking about sending in some higher res pictures on making it later once i get some time so yeah and some more shots so there are more angles

    • Feel free to do so of course and give me a heads up when you’re done, I always enjoy seeing build threads very much and other people may find it helpful as well! ;o)

      Have fun building!

  17. I want to make one but my parents dont let me,well actually my
    mom says yes but my dad says its not nesesary>=(

    Please help me(=(

    • Do you mean your dad won’t let you print it? I’m afraid I can’t really help you with that… Maybe he will change his mind, or maybe you can ask a friend to print the parts for you?

      You only need to print one set of parts, either the one with fold lines, or the one without.

      It is better if you save the instructions to your computer, and view them on the somputerscreen when you need some help folding and glueing the parts together, instead of printing the instructions out on paper as well, because you will just throw them away when you’re done of course.

      I’m sorry I can’t really help you with your problem, maybe you and your mom can convince your did to let you print the parts, or like I said, maybe you can ask a friend to print them for you?

  18. Dude, I LOVE THE MODELS!!!! right now i am doing the body of link, because I couldn’t get the hat to work. my brothers (I have a bunch) love the models to. They have Feirce deity link, link, Oogie Boogie, and the clock town dog.
    You rock!
    P.S. are you British? I saw “Coloured” in the instructions, and i’m amarican.

    • Haha I’m Dutch, actually. ;o)

      To be honest, I often mix up the British and American versions of words when I’m not really paying attention (but don’t tell my old English teacher…)

  19. I love Ninjatoes!Me and my sibling love making these!

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