This is my first attempt on pepakura/papercraft so please don’t hate me if it looks horrible. Why black & white? Well I ran out of colored ink but the eager-beaver in me forced me to print the pattern on a laser printer at my office. Besides I need some practice before wasting any precious colored ink. After lots of cutting, folding and gluing I present to you my first Miku Hatsuna pepakura.
Based on the info I googled, Miku is the character behind a singing software which simulates/synthesizes voices. I just don’t know how that actually works.
Going back to the figure, I downloaded the pdo file from Michael James’ site (really cool site) and ran it on the pepakura viewer to get the spread out pattern. This build is just small with only 3 pages of parts which turn into a 4-inch figure.
I noticed that building pepakura is not as straightforward as gunplas. Even with the 3D guide in the viewer and the numbered flaps it is still difficult to figure out how the pieces would go together without using a bit of intuition/imagination. Some actual building images which come with the file helped out a lot in times when I got lost.
As to the tools, I just use a sharp scissor to cut the parts and special letter-size papers which are thicker than the normal bond paper. With a thicker paper the figure is sturdier and won’t get crumpled easily. It shouldn’t be too thick though as it would be hard to fold or roll it. I also use wood glue since it dries faster and bonds really well.
I think I placed the top hair a bit high but on second thought I like it that way – high and floating. It seems to give more volume to the hair (now I’m a hairstylist ^^) and thus gives more 3D effect on Miku.
Conclusion? I still need practice hehe. By the way I already gave Miku to my girlfriend and she loves it. I think that made the build a success ^^