Metroid Papercraft Pattern - Samus Aran Arm Cannon Actual Size - Cosplay

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PDF or Pepakura (PDO) pattern for Samus Aran's charge beam cannon from the Metroid series of Nintendo games. The design is based directly on the polygon models from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Color is included in the pattern even through the picture of the build shows only white.

Three sizes:
* Small: approx. 21" long and 22 pages (for folks, let's say, 5'4" or shorter)
* Medium: approx. 25" long and 22 pages
* Large: approx 29" long and 28 pages (for folks taller than, oh, 6' maybe)
(Those heights are serious estimates. Your mileage may vary. Void where prohibited.)

Some slight modification is needed for one part due to the original model being designed without true-to-life physics in mind. It's only a minor issue and takes just a little effort to make it work, or it can be left off without most folks ever noticing.

Please note that this piece is included in the full Varia suit.

FAQ:
---- What am I getting?
You can instantly download the PDF or PDO pattern to build the cannon yourself. All three sizes are included for PDO. Medium is available as PDF.

---- What do I need?
You will need:
- ability to unzip files (available on WinXP and later)
- Pepakura Viewer software (http://tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/) OR a standard PDF viewer
- card stock (65lb or 110lb recommended) or paper and cardboard
- printer or printing service, glue (I use Tacky Glue)
- craft knife (e.g., X-acto knife)
- a cutting surface (self-healing mat, old cereal box, or something similar).

---- How do I use Pepakura?
See http://metroidpapercraft.wordpress.com/tips/ for some basic tips. There are also lots of tutorials available on Youtube.

---- How do I use this for cosplay?
You can just wear them as paper, but you might want to harden the completed construction somehow. Youtube has numerous tutorials for doing this using resin. Search for "Pepakura resin". You may also want to use Bondo to smooth the pieces to prepare them for painting. Search Youtube for "Pepakura Bondo".

---- Why isn't there any color in the pattern files?
Check the menus in Pepakura to turn on or off the texture.

---- Can you print the pattern and send it to me? / Do you send me the pattern on paper?
Sorry, no. First, it costs something to send it, and who wants to pay more? Second, it's much faster for you to download the files instead of waiting for the post office to ship it to you. Third, with only one paper copy, if you make a mistake, there may be no way to fix it, but with digital files, you can just print out a new sheet and try again.

--- Can you build this and ship it to me?
Possibly. That may depend on how many other projects I'm currently working on. Bear in mind that it will cost additional money and time.


FAQs

Patterns include a PDF with parts and instructions. You must print out the parts on paper or cardstock to build your creation. Most patterns can be downloaded immediately after payment. In a few cases, you will receive, after a delay for processing, an invitation to join a Dropbox folder where you can download the necessary files. Kits are shipped to you with a pattern and pieces already cut out for your convenience.

For patterns, you will need a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat, card stock or card board (old file folders can work great!), access to a printer or printing service, scissors or a craft (e.g., X-acto) knife (both can be helpful), and a cutting surface (self-healing mat, old cereal box, or something similar). For both patterns and kits, you will need glue or strong tape. We also recommend having something to watch or listen to in the background while you work.

The patterns are intended for US Letter sized paper (8.5 x 11″) or A4 (some printers may cut off edges when printing. In such cases, be sure to refer to the PDFs on your screen). For paper type, we recommend 65 lb card stock (170 gsm). This card holds up fairly well and comes in a wide variety of colors. 110 lb (200 gsm) stock will also work well. Alternatively, you can trace the pattern onto old, sturdy materials like index files, manila folders, or cereal boxes. Some customers have also used thin foam core and cardboard. These will require eliminating tabs from the pattern and requires care when folding.

Most white glues work quite well. We're fond of Alene's Tacky Glue. Note that only a small amount of glue is necessary – too much, and the paper will dampen and warp. Some customers have found hot glue to be effective, though it can be tricky in tight spaces and be bulky. If using tape, clear packing tape is a fast and strong way of constructing our patterns, though it can be difficult to paint (a coat of primer can help). Some customers have used magic or invisible tape effectively, though we recommend taking care that the tape is strong and adheres well.

Unfortunately, it's difficult to say. It will vary depending on the size and complexity of the pattern/kit, your skill as a builder, and the methods and materials you use to build. Particularly simple patterns (3-5 pages) can take about an hour if done quickly. Some other patterns (17+ pages) may take 8 or more hours of work if done with precision.

Our patterns all come with estimates of difficulty: * Easy * Easy-Medium * Medium * Medium-Hard * Hard However, it's difficult to say for sure how challenging any particular person will find our designs. We've seen 6 year old boys put together our most challenging kits with no trouble. On the other hand, we've had a few adults give up in frustration with simpler patterns. Some call our instructions and method of building simple. Others say it's quite complicated. This variety makes it hard to say what you'll think. If you're a fairly crafty type of person, we think you'll find it fairly straightforward. Some reviewers have called the process "fun" and "relaxing".

A few do, particularly the video game patterns, but most do not. Printing onto colored card stock can produce some lovely results, and some patterns have recommendations on colors to print each page to. Alternatively, you can paint your finished designs and create something intricate and wonderful.

We may be able to build and ship products for you, depending on our workload at the time. Bear in mind that this requires additional costs due to the labor involved. We're happy to consider custom requests for patterns and kits, so please ask! We may have to turn down some requests due to licensing issues, feasibility, or other matters, but we've had many happy customers bring great ideas that we enjoy bringing to life.

Patterns include a PDF with parts and instructions. You must print out the parts on paper or cardstock to build your creation. Most patterns can be downloaded immediately after payment. In a few cases, you will receive, after a delay for processing, an invitation to join a Dropbox folder where you can download the necessary files. Kits are shipped to you with a pattern and pieces already cut out for your convenience.

For patterns, you will need a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat, card stock or card board (old file folders can work great!), access to a printer or printing service, scissors or a craft (e.g., X-acto) knife (both can be helpful), and a cutting surface (self-healing mat, old cereal box, or something similar). For both patterns and kits, you will need glue or strong tape. We also recommend having something to watch or listen to in the background while you work.

The patterns are intended for US Letter sized paper (8.5 x 11″) or A4 (some printers may cut off edges when printing. In such cases, be sure to refer to the PDFs on your screen). For paper type, we recommend 65 lb card stock (170 gsm). This card holds up fairly well and comes in a wide variety of colors. 110 lb (200 gsm) stock will also work well. Alternatively, you can trace the pattern onto old, sturdy materials like index files, manila folders, or cereal boxes. Some customers have also used thin foam core and cardboard. These will require eliminating tabs from the pattern and requires care when folding.

Most white glues work quite well. We're fond of Alene's Tacky Glue. Note that only a small amount of glue is necessary – too much, and the paper will dampen and warp. Some customers have found hot glue to be effective, though it can be tricky in tight spaces and be bulky. If using tape, clear packing tape is a fast and strong way of constructing our patterns, though it can be difficult to paint (a coat of primer can help). Some customers have used magic or invisible tape effectively, though we recommend taking care that the tape is strong and adheres well.

Unfortunately, it's difficult to say. It will vary depending on the size and complexity of the pattern/kit, your skill as a builder, and the methods and materials you use to build. Particularly simple patterns (3-5 pages) can take about an hour if done quickly. Some other patterns (17+ pages) may take 8 or more hours of work if done with precision.

Our patterns all come with estimates of difficulty: * Easy * Easy-Medium * Medium * Medium-Hard * Hard However, it's difficult to say for sure how challenging any particular person will find our designs. We've seen 6 year old boys put together our most challenging kits with no trouble. On the other hand, we've had a few adults give up in frustration with simpler patterns. Some call our instructions and method of building simple. Others say it's quite complicated. This variety makes it hard to say what you'll think. If you're a fairly crafty type of person, we think you'll find it fairly straightforward. Some reviewers have called the process "fun" and "relaxing".

A few do, particularly the video game patterns, but most do not. Printing onto colored card stock can produce some lovely results, and some patterns have recommendations on colors to print each page to. Alternatively, you can paint your finished designs and create something intricate and wonderful.

We may be able to build and ship products for you, depending on our workload at the time. Bear in mind that this requires additional costs due to the labor involved. We're happy to consider custom requests for patterns and kits, so please ask! We may have to turn down some requests due to licensing issues, feasibility, or other matters, but we've had many happy customers bring great ideas that we enjoy bringing to life.



Reviews
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Excellent! Thank you so much.
Mar 8, 2016 by Jaz Graves
I haven't built it yet, but it looks good and complete.
Oct 29, 2015 by Nyphus
Looks perfect, a really great model!
Nov 7, 2013 by Kirsty Grant
Jul 23, 2013 by A fellow maker
May 19, 2013 by A fellow maker

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