Star Trek: Paper Universe . Andrew Pang
Toys are getting increasingly expensive and complicated. Upon the creation of interactive games, the promise was held out that you could travel to other worlds, but it was still lust a promise. You couldn't reach out, touch, feel, and truly interact with those places. Wouldn't it be great to be able to create a starship from something as vivid as your own imagination? A ship that you could hold, but was lust a simple, inexpensive piece of paper? You could create and command a fleet of starships in lust minutes.
An ancient art form can give you the ability to hold a piece of the final frontier in your own hands. Star Trek: Paper Universe presents easy-to-follow steps and clear explanations of classic origami techniques and folds. From a simple piece of paper you'll be able to create familiar vessels like the Starship Enterprise� a Klingon bird-of-prey, a Cardassian battle cruiser, or a Borg cube!
Star Trek: Paper Universe brings you a whole new way to create your own adventures. You'll be building your own starships, space station, and shuttlecraft at warp speed!
I've always had a love-hate relationship with origami. I love models which manage to capture the essence of a natural or artificial form using a series of folds based on a single square of paper, but I can't stand ones that are just a cobbled, distorted representation of a beautiful organic form. Hence I love some of the classic folds such as the frog, but generally dislike all of those mammals and aeroplanes etc. Some shapes seem to lend themselves to origami and some should probably never be attempted in my (completely uninformed) opinion. I bought this book because I was amazed that someone had managed to entirely capture the essense of forms as complex and distinctive as the Klingon battle cruiser and K. bird of prey using single, uncut squares. A couple of the Enterprises look pretty impressive too (I haven't attempted them yet), although they are made from two sheets, which sort of spoils it for me.
Klingon Battle Cruiser
Romulan Bird of Prey
Anyway, the two klingon models are amazing, although quite difficult. I've done little bit of origami in the past, but my first two attempts at the battle cruiser failed. Some of the folds are just too tight even with a medium-sized square of paper. Only try this one with a big piece of thin gift wrap or material of similar ilk. Thebird of prey is quite a bit easier in this respect. I plan to learn this one by heart - producing a Klingon B.of P. from a stray flyer in the pub has to be the ultimate nerd's party trick!
Romulan Bird of Prey
U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701
Some models require more than one sheet of paper, and half are from non-square paper (instructions for obtaining all required shapes from squares are included). However, there is no cutting after the actual folding procedure has started.
Includes a good introduction to basic folds and bases. Two new bases are introduced. The diagrams are very clear. Certain folds that are more difficult for beginners (squash fold, crimp, etc.) are demonstrated in separate drawings every time they come up in a model. Yet, this is not really a book for beginners, some experience with Origami will be very helpful.
U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701-D
|Model Name||# of Steps||Info|
|U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701||68||a two-piece model from two isosceles |
triangles (a square cut in half along a diagonal)
|U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A||60||a two-piece model from two isosceles |
|U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D||41||from half an A-sized rectangle|
|U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E||41||from an equilateral triangle|
|U.S.S Defiant NX-74205||29|
|U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656||40||from half an A-sized rectangle|
|Shuttlecraft Type-6||42||from half an A-sized rectangle; the shuttle |
door opens and closes
|Deep Space 9||52||from 3 rhombi|
|Klingon Battle Cruiser||72|
|Borg Cube||16||a classic water bomb|
|Cardassian Galor-class Warship||47|
|Jem'Hadar Attack Ship||43|
|Romulan Bird-of-Prey||34||from an isosceles triangle|