Cut out one part at a time or all at once?
Do you... [165 votes total]

cut out all the parts at once before you start glueing? (25)
cut out only a few parts at once while building? (73)
cut out only one part at a time when you need it as you go along? (67)
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Posted By: Eveningstar

Posted On: Aug 5, 2011
Views: 963
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: 988
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: 1045
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.

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