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By Charles Esseltine. I suggest that you should use a large (9 inch or larger) piece of foil (Florist foil is the best in my opinion.), for your first model. You can make the model from just about any paper (Kami, Washi, waxed, plain, etc...), but the model will tend of suffer paper spread. So foil is the best. And Florist foil is very forgiving. If you make a mistke, I mean mistake, it can be undone, and most creases can be pressed out. Begin the model white side up. 1.) Fold and unfold. 2.) Fold and unfold just the corners.
3.) Fold and unfold just the corners.
4.) Fold and unfold.
5.) Fold and unfold.
6.) Flip over
11. 9a.) Repeat steps 11 . 14. 12.) Fold the sides in. You will have to partially unfold it to do so. 10. The corners will form mini-preliminary bases.7. Refold the bottom. 15.) Fold the flap to the tip.) Squash fold.13 on the other side. 8. Petal fold. Now you have a small Bird Base. 17. 13.) Fold the flap back and forth.) Fold it back. . 16.) Fold into the center line.) Choose one corner for the head. 19. 9b. Then flip over.) Fold and unfold.) Petal fold. 18.) Squash fold.) Unwrap the outer layers.) Unfold one flap.
) Fold the point down to meet the edges formed in the last step.) Pull out the inner edges.) Fold the other three corners as shown. fold the sides to the center line. 24.) Petal Fold Front and Back . Taking care not to unfold the head (X) Press flat. X X 28.) Open up the sides. it will be much easier. 23. 25. Repeat behind. 22. but unfold the tail as well.X 20.) Repeat on the back. 21. Flip over. X 26.) With the X layers in front. Watch the X.) Sink the tip on the line created by the last fold. If you partially unfold it. X X 27.) Fold into a preliminary base.
34. 31. 32.29.) Flip this layer back.) Open the layers of the head.) Squash fold 33. Then unfold.) The tail should look like this.) Flip all of the layers of the head. . 36.) Repeat steps 31 through 33 on the other side. 35. Flip over.) Fold the top layers to the center.) Fold the layers of the head together. to the other side. 30.
) Squash fold.) The completed folds.) Fold the edges into rabbit ears.) Petal fold the tail. 41. Now flip over. Opening the wingtips as you do. 37b.) Inside reverse fold the wing outward. 40. A B . 39.) Fold the inner layer up on the front and back of each wing. 38. The leading edges will line up with line AB 42.37a. Make a rabbit ear.) Using the other side as a guide for these folds.
) Fold down the front and back layers. This will lift up the top layer of the wing. 44. Repeat this on the other three sides.43.) Now open one side. When the fold is complete. 45.) Do a combination fold. Bring the top edge into the centerline. this edge will lie along the leading edge of the wing. .
) Compound fold the remaining layers along the same lines as in step 43. 48. Fold the same as with the body. C D A d c B 47. .46.) Now fold the standing layers down. When the folds are complete the model will not lie flat. In fact the two edges will be at right angles to the rest of the model.) Now we get to the fun part! First bring the Far edge (A) to meet the unfolded edge (B). This will bring the first bisector fold (C) to the center line (D). The model will now lie flat. bringing the valey fold (c) to meet the l leading edge (d). This will bring the wing's leading edges up as well.
Pulling the head and tail sections out.) Open out the model. Make all of the creases as sharp as you can.) The model should look like this. 49b. .) Now repeat steps 45 . You'll see what I mean. You can also use a rolling pin. so that they lie flat. This easier done than said.48 on the other sides. if one is handy. Here is where a hard flat surface comes in handy. by looking at the next step. This is also a goo d time to flatten the dragon as much as possible. with the center section above the wings standing perpendicular to the rest of the model.49a. 50.
First open the middle. .51a.) Finished. but it helps.) As the bottom spreads out it will form a square box. Spreading as you go. 51b. 51c. The edges don't have to be sharp.) The next few steps deal with the center section.
) Bring in the sides. while you pull the front and back outwards.) It will look like this when done. 52b.52a. 53.) Flip over. . Flatten the model.
58. And return the wing to its' starting position .) Fold the edge into the center. head. and tail over. 57.) Flip both layers of the wing forward.) Flip the wing.) Repeat step 55 on the back.) Fold the head and tail sections to one side. 56.54. 55. 59. shaping the wing as you go.) Repeat 55-57.
Let's move on to the wings. So we fold the head and tail in half (a).60. The center section is rather THICK. .) The wings should be between 30 and 90 degrees depending on what pose you want the dragon to have.) It's starting to look like a dragon.) Roll the leg down as far as it will go.) Fun Time! No we fold the model ALMOST in half. but the bottom is to be folded in a U shape (b) with the bottom almost flat. 63. 64b. 90 0 61a. isn't it? Rotate 90 degrees.) The legs are done. 62. b.) Repeat steps 62 & 63 for the other legs. 64a.) Pinch the tip. For the next steps we zoom in to the legs. 61b. a.
68. 66b. You can adjust this fold to reflect different wing positions. unfold all the layers. The model will not lie flat.65. Shaping them to taste.) With a soft crease.) Fold the leading edge back.) The wings are done.) Wrap the sides of the tail fin over the tail. Repeat on the other wing.) From the marker fold. curve the tail fin. . This will cause the wings to move forward. This causes the wing to take on a curve. 67. Then curve the wingtip along the existing lines. 66a.
) Fold the first layer to the top to make the eyes. You don't have to pull it all the way down.) With a pencil.) Inside reverse fold down the mouth.) Dragon done! . Do the mouth to taste. 72. 73. 70.) Spread the ears slightly. open the eyes. 71.69. or a similarly pointed object.) Inside reverse fold the teeth.) Outside reverse fold all layers of the head as shown. 75. 74.
) The other Dragon is done! But we aren't. open the eyes and the nose. One of the earlier dragons (2. And rotate it 90 degrees.) To make fire we first start with water. or a similarly pointed 72'. leaving an unrolled section in the middle. F3.4) had the ability to "Spit" flame. Just the way you fold the tip of the nose. and nose? Ouch! Don't do this at home kids! Well..) With a pencil.5).. F2. It's only a paper dragon. 73'.2.) Fold it in half. Remember how I said it can "Spit" fire? Now it's time to make fire with paper. Pointy things in the eyes. 90 . Fold it color side out.) Inside reverse fold the bottom teeth like object. And this fire is safe for even little kids to play with! F1..) Roll the ends up part way . Just don't do to a real dragon! 75'. But this time outside reverse fold the tip backwards to form the nose.. so that the new centerline is on top.. A waterbomb base that is. The differences between the two are minor.For those of you that have already folded the Dragon in Flight (Ver. here is a bonus.. before.
it's time to put it in the dragon's mouth.F4. F5. Now let's see about making it "Spit" fire.) Now the dragon is a fire breathing dragon. Inside the head there is a "Tongue" formed by the small bird base folded in step 19. Step 1: Hold the dragon under the wings (A) Step 2: Pull back the head (B).) Now that you have the fire. Squeezing the head afterwards will help hold it in place. B A . The Flame is tucked over it.
Umm. are you still holding the head? Step 3: Let go! .
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