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Posted By: Eveningstar

Posted On: Aug 5, 2011
Views: 979
DON'T do it: a good layout helps you!

The way the pieces are laid out on the paper can actually HELP you figure out where a piece goes later.

So UNLESS the designer failed, it's better not to cut out everything at once! If the designer did a good job laying out the pieces, most of the times you don't even need instructions or a PDO because everything is obvious when you see the pieces where they belong.

I find it very boring to cut everything at once. I just cut a few parts, do some gluing, do some cutting again, some gluing again. Much less boring and much more fun.

And unless it's a very small papercraft with very few parts you're not going to finish it all at once anyway so why cut out everything at once and make it more difficult for yourself?

Posted By: ..

Posted On: Aug 4, 2011
Views: 1004
Really, just do it

Cut all parts out at once. They will all be cut eventually anyway, do it all at one session, put the smaller pieces in zip lock baggies.
If you can't figure out where a piece goes later then either the designer failed or this hobby may be too much for your mind to grasp.

Posted By: azn-ninja

Posted On: Jul 30, 2011
Views: 1061
All of 'em

Hmm.. now that I think about it, it really depends on how the papercraft has been unfolded, and how many pages/pieces there are.

I guess technically I cut out as I go along, but usually I'll cut out all the parts for an arm (for example), prefold, then piece them together without glue. Then cut out the torso pieces and see how it would connect to the arm. If both parts are meant to be hollow all the way through, then i'd cut out the other arm and glue everything together.

Overall, I like knowing exactly where pieces are going to go before they're permanently set into place.

Posted By: Jouzu

Posted On: Jul 24, 2011
Views: 379
One Part


I do cut out one part only.

The most of the models I choose are very detailed and have a lot of parts. If I cut out more than one at a time I would be confused.

I also like pepakura to show me where the part i cutted out has to be assambled.

Posted By: WC

Posted On: Jul 18, 2011
Views: 465
A few parts

I also do a few at a time, depending. I never do more than a single sheet at a time (with the exception of life-size models that have 1 piece per sheet), and I almost always do more than 1 piece.

Posted By: ninjatoes

Posted On: Jul 18, 2011
Views: 429
a few at a time

Usually, I cut out two or three parts at a time (depending on the model of course).

That way, I can assemble one part and while the glue dries a bit, I can cut out another part, pre-shape and assemble that one, and then go back to the first one to glue it on to the rest of the model.

And I find it less boring than having to spend an entire night just cutting out pieces first... ;o)

I always try to put the parts together on the template the way you have to glue them together, so if you cut out everything at once, it can get confusing which part was where.

So if you like to do that, don't forget to put the part numbers on the backside with a pencil...! ;o)

Have fun building!