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Gallardo - Paper Car Project

Updated on August 12, 2011

Lamborghini Gallardo Paper Car

Paper can be used for several things. You can write on it or draw a nice portrait. One of the most spectacular and my favorite is to create a nice 3D model. In my free time I love to design car models. I think paper crafting is a very useful pastime. One of my newest model is a Lamborghini Gallardo. In this lens I would like to share my observations on it.

Arrangements

Creating a paper car is not a short term task. If you want to build a really good one you need lot's of time and patience. You have to love not only the ready car but also the way of the completion . Every time I'm thinking on a new model I start to surf the net looking for good ideas. I simply use my favorite search engine and set it looking for only photos, this time for "Gallardo". I try to search for the original ones, because I don't like the high tuned models. The most important is to find well detailed photos with proper viewing angles. Not so easy as say... I checked hundreds of pictures along many hours.

Design

After I downloaded all which was up to it's task I started to select only the bests. The perfect photos are necessary to design the wire-frame of the car in a 3D modeling application. With this lens I wouldn't describe how to design the wire in a CAD application, maybe later in an other article. You can choose many different types of them, so it's up to you which is the winner. To teach how to create a model in the mentioned applications is a complete book in itself. So if you aren't familiar to use them I suggest to download a printable template from the net.

I always work with about 4 or 5 pictures only for first. These photos are enough to design the basic shape of the car. As the basic shape is close to the real one's basics I used to shrink the CAD application a little, that way I can use a photo viewer at same time. Of course you don't need to do this if you have an other display screen. As I detailing the parts depending on the lot's of photos, I always keep it in my mind, it will be a paper model. That means I have to take care of the plans and curves. I try to keep the model as simple as possible.

Less wire means smoother surface for larger plans. Of course sometimes I must break the planes with some cut-lines, otherwise the form of the car won't be realistic. It's a hard and tedious work to find the balance between too much or too less lines. Always need to keep it mind how will the paper bend or what will showed on the final paper model. I found that many times, maybe something works on the screen but it's impossible to assemble in the reality. After lot's of dead end I found the right solutions in most of the cases.

Gallardo's work in progress
Gallardo's work in progress

Cutting the printed forms is the next big part of the creation. I did a precise 3D model, so I don't want to cut the parts loosely. I think it's evident. As I used to say it's not a race. Cut those lines accurately. Mention that, maybe you will cut the lines for several hours, but will see the assembled model for years, so I suggest that take care of the precise cuts.

I often use ruler to bend the paper, so I can do a straight long line on a panel. It's very useful on doors or hoods for example. Nevertheless I don't waste my time on cutting the lines using a ruler too, because it's useless in the 99% of the cases. I can cut every line by hand. Think on it a little, there is very few long straight lines exists on a car. Most of the cases the lines have a little curve or those are too short to use a ruler.

Assembling the Gallardo
Assembling the Gallardo

Assembling

Assembling the car means test, test and test... When I bend a part to it's correct shape I try it to others. I want to see how it suit for an other panel. I try to force the paper to get the right shape in itself. If every surrounding part connect properly to the next one I can glue them together.

Very important to pay attention to the symmetry. A car is an industrial product. The human eye will recover the differences easily comparing the two sides. I always used to build the two sides parallel. If I would build the right side completely and after the left, there may be difference between them.

In other words I try to make the same mistakes on both of the sides, so they will seem equal.

How to assembling
How to assembling

Usually I glue with common transparent adhesive. I try to buy a non-toxic one. I used to push a little glue to a piece of paper and it's easy to spread onto the wanted surface ( a flap for example ) with a toothpick or an other small piece of paper.

I always let the glue to harden. It's not a nice vision when the car is falling to pieces. If I wouldn't wait enough, the parts cannot be suited perfectly. Not hardened glue will release the flaps at the most unexpected situations.

Proper materials

Before I started to print the car I tried many types of paper. Simple typing paper is not usable here, because too thin therefore it can't hold the shape. I found that the wood-free sheet is perfect for this task. Easy to bend and glue it. This time I didn't want to use shiny photo paper.

I bought some printable foil for windshield and windows. There was the only part where I used different glue. The simple paper dedicated adhesive can't work on foil.

Post-Works

Lamborghini Gallardo papercraft
Lamborghini Gallardo papercraft

After I assembled a model I start to hide the edges if possible or try to hide white parts. If an edge is left on white somehow, I used to hide it with a toothpick and a little paint. It's quite hard to get the right color so I always do some tests before painting. In this part I fine-tuning the position of the wheels. The wheels are very important parts of the final vision of the model. I always try to get the perfect position of the wheel in the fender. If it needs I remove that even if it's hardened onto the body, and try it again.

I think assembling a car and using paper for this is not an easy and quick task. However I like to do that, the way of the completion, the results after many tests. I like to see the result on my shelf.

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    • papermotor profile image
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      papermotor 3 years ago

      Hi Guys! You asked me for the pattern of this car. You can download it by use the following link: http://www.papermotor.com/wip/gallardo_wip.zip Use it for your pleasure!

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      doqizioso 4 years ago

      what an awesome papercraft....!! can you send me the pattern/templates file to iqbal.muhammad.nazamuddin@gmail.com please??? I want build too...

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      doqizioso 4 years ago

      what an awesome papercraft....!! can you send me the pattern/templates file to iqbal.muhammad.nazamuddin@gmail.com please??? I want build too...

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      echop97 4 years ago

      can u send me the kit to nguyenhoangtien17697@gmail.com please. thanks a lot!

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      calin-basoiu 4 years ago

      What's the scale of the model ?

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      gigirum 4 years ago

      wow...can you please send the model to: bboobsbluv@gmail.com ?

      thanks so much

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      monarch03256 4 years ago

      It is very amazing. "Flow lines" What a good design.

      Can you send to me the model? My email: monarch03256@hotmail.com

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      pablo-juan-5477 4 years ago

      The model is very nice!!!! and de colour to, can you send to me the model, i like very much, email: p_j_f2001@hotmail.com

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      seizacrew 4 years ago

      Realmente extraordinario, el mejor Lamborghini que e visto lejos! felicitaciones.

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      frederick25 4 years ago

      This is by far the best gallardo papermodel I have seen!! Would you mind sharing with me? Thank you so much!! :) email: skydynes@yahoo.com.au

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      ian-poon-313 4 years ago

      wow, this is the most amazing detailed Lamborghini paper craft i ever seen!!!

      I am a big fan of detailed paper craft, Great work!

      i wanna build one!!

      Can you send me the template of this Gallardo?

      Thanks a lot!!

      email: nfsbest05@gmail.com

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      asifneo9 5 years ago

      @papermotor: Hello, greetings! You promised to write an article about the computer modelling. I'm planning to build my own models. I don't know where to start, should I use modelling software such as blender or AutoCAD? Thanks !

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      felipeandres-perezcodelia 5 years ago

      May I have a template?felipezco@gmail.com

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      yocreokeno 5 years ago

      very nice model! great job! i want to build this to gift it to some kid..it'd be very kind of you if u cud send me the files...yocreokeno@hotmail.com

      thank you:)

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      yash-arora-7712 5 years ago

      If no instructions is available, could you please email me some pictures of it. My email is yash_arora@y7mail.com

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      joserodrigo-oriozola 5 years ago

      oi? tudo bem cara ,gostei muito do seu trabalho ,eu gostaria que voce manda

      pra instruções para mim ,ouh fotos ,porque esta muito dificil montar ,ficarei agradecido ,obrigado meu email é roro_digao69@hotmail.com

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      papermotor 5 years ago

      @yash-arora-7712: No, Sorry... I didn't make that yet... To create a good installation guidance is at least as hard as to create a good model. Maybe once I'll attach the instructions. I'll try overcome on myself and create a usable installation guidance.

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      yash-arora-7712 5 years ago

      Wow amazing. Are there instructions

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      papermotor 5 years ago

      @papermotor: About the installation guidance... Unfortunately I haven't got a step by step guideline. It was a personal project and I built the car almost parallel with the edit process. Otherwise if you have any questions, I'll try to help you.

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      papermotor 5 years ago

      @paijo2012: Hey Pal! I just seen your work. Very nice! I love your modifications!

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      paijo2012 5 years ago

      @papermotor: has completed! nice model.. i've been upload some pictures,

      http://s1149.photobucket.com/albums/o588/harisrakh...

      Thank you so much

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      papermotor 5 years ago

      @paijo2012: There is two parts on that paper. The bigger one is form the firewall between the engine and the interior, will hold the photo of the engine and also gives you the "C" column of the side windows. Good Luck! :)

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      paijo2012 5 years ago

      @papermotor: hello, i made your gallardo. it's very hard without any instruction. especially build the interior. i don't understand build parts from gallardo_006_mod

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      papermotor 5 years ago

      The interest for this template is much bigger than I counted on. This makes me happy. Thank you all! I think the best if I post a download link to reach the file.

      http://www.papermotor.com/wip/gallardo_wip.zip

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      felipeandres-perezcodelia 5 years ago

      May I have a template?felipezco@gmail.com

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      raperkasa1 5 years ago

      wonderful friend, May I have a template?

      saikomale_00@yahoo.com

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      raulf360 5 years ago

      friend please send me this project for me to do already seen some of the gallardo more so not a perfect matching that My hemail raul.f.rodrigues @ hotmail.com and die in Brazil

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      raulf360 5 years ago

      friend please send me this project for me to do already seen some of the gallardo more so not a perfect matching that My hemail raul.f.rodrigues @ hotmail.com and die in Brazil

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      john-david09 5 years ago

      really awesome model, anyway i can get the templets? I have pretty detailed aventador model to trade that hasn't gone mainstream yet, jus let me know :)

      john_david09@rocketmail.com

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      papermotor 5 years ago

      Thank you very much guys! It's a pleasure to read your comments. Check those mail boxes... :)

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      asifneo9 5 years ago

      very nice model! great job! i want to build this to gift it to some kid..it'd be very kind of you if u cud send me the files...asif.neo9@gmail.com

      thank you:)

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      requia 5 years ago

      Hi, this model is awesome! Can you send me this model? my mail is requia@azet.sk thanks

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      suleymansalali 5 years ago

      Hello, please can you send me this paper model, my msn is kabus_tr_06@hotmail.com thanks

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      papermotor 5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you very much! :)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This is really nice, very appreciated!

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      adry-gonzal 5 years ago

      Hello, please can you send me this paper model, my msn is apolo.agm.89@hotmail.com thanx, im from spain!

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      armando-patterson 5 years ago

      hello im from argentina can you send me this paper model to armando88_58@hotmail.com thanks

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      armando-patterson 5 years ago

      hello im from argentina can you send me this paper model to armando88_58@hotmail.com thanks

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      papermotor 5 years ago

      @wazuup: I'll see what can I do....

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      wazuup 5 years ago

      hello. i must say this is really great job!

      can you please send me this model?

      i really want to make it

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      Jerom83 5 years ago

      Hello Papermotor ¡¡ your job is amazing, i haven't seen any car papercraft so detalied.. i'love to make papercfrast its cheap and very relaxing... my last project was a vespa 150, and i was looking for makin a new one with more details, so i'll be very grateful, if you can send me the templates of this model of Lamborghini.. mi e-mail is jeronimo_al@hotmail.com.

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      AnnaleeBlysse 5 years ago

      What a fantastic model. Looks fun. I do enjoy paper crafts. Never saw a car this detailed before.

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      taklamirinda 5 years ago

      @papermotor: Thanxx alot for your help my email id is anupam.adke@yahoo.com

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      taklamirinda 5 years ago

      @papermotor: Thanxx alot for your help my email id is anupam.adke@yahoo.com

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      papermotor 5 years ago

      @taklamirinda: Give me your e-mail address. I'll see what can I do....

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      taklamirinda 5 years ago

      @papermotor: Pls do something and try for the links i am not bothered about how the templates are i just want to make that model ........ so pls try something ....... :(

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      taklamirinda 5 years ago

      but i loved this model so pls try something to get those templates coz i searched a lot on web for lamborghini gallardo model i couldn't get it anywhere :( and i love to make paper crafts so pls do something i will be thankful to you but you have great skills.........

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      papermotor 5 years ago

      @taklamirinda: Dear taklamirinda, unfortunately I haven't got a finalized template for this car. I made it on the fly... It was only a test to check the possibilities of paper material. Maybe visit my another lens to look for my paper cars e-book that contains templates for old timer cars.

      https://hubpages.com/art/papercraft-cars

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      taklamirinda 5 years ago

      Bt where are the templates of this model :( Can u gimme the links to download .............

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      umarshehzad lm 6 years ago

      am not sure i can replicate this paper car model the way you've built it, but am gonna try it anyway for my nephew.. good job

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      autofanatic 6 years ago

      Very cool. My boys will love this!

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      papermotor 6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Dear Vallain, It's not unique. Many people do this. I like paper models because they give me lot's of pleasure and cost effective comparing to plastic kits :)

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Quite a fascinating project. Do many people make these or is it unique to you?

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Really cool!