LEGO Kapitein Knoest (Captain Redbeard)

101001 LEGO Kapitein Knoest (Captain Redbeard) (11-03-2011)
from: LEGO Pirates theme / size: ± 28,5 cm

parts (4,07 MB PDF file)
instructions (2,47 MB PDF file)

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    • I used 200 gsm paper, and other people used other thicknesses and they managed too, so I think it will be okay. ;o)

      One thing you might have to watch out for, is that the separate pieces like the arms have round “pegs”/cylinders that you have to push into round holes on the torso, so make sure those holes are large enough for the “pegs” (or that the “pegs” are small enough to fit inside the holes. ;o)

      With 200 gsm paper it was a tight fit, so with 210 gsm it will be an even tighter fit, and it also depends on how accurate you build the paper pirate of course: you can adjust it a little bit when building the parts if you need it one or two mm larger or smaller.

      Take your time to get everything to fit correctly, and have fun building!

    • Yes, I used A4 paper to build my papercraft Captain Redbeard; with his hat, he is about 28 cm (about 11 inches) standing up.

      Of course it should be possible to build him with A5 paper, then all the parts will be about 1.42 times smaller.

      Whether that makes it *too* small to build, I don’t know of course: that really depends on the person who builds it (some people can build *really* small paper models! ;o) but normally if the parts are smaller, it’s usually a little bit more difficult, yes.

      The trickest parts are the hands and epaulettes (the brown thing around his neck) I think, so if you want to try it, make sure to take your time and fold and pre-shape those parts properly to make it easier! (but you should always take your time and fold and pre-shape all the parts properly of course really… ;o)

      Also, because my papercraft minifigs are supposed to come apart and be put back together just like real LEGO minifigs (with the arms, legs, head and everything, the parts need to be strong enough so they won’t warp or crush, so it’s best to use paper that’s a bit thicker than regular printer paper (like 2 – 2.5 times thicker, which is about 160-200 gsm (grams per square meter); regular printer paper is usually about 75-80 gsm).

      I hope I have given you a few pointers so you can decide if you want to try it, have fun if you do! ;o)

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