Watch this Papercraft Suzuki Hayabusa model come to life


There’s no such thing as a miniature motorbike, is there? Taking a life-size thing that is already enjoyable, then turning it into a tiny but perfect representation of the life-size thing warms a special place in many of our hearts. Plus, there’s the added bonus that even on the coldest days, crafting and/or working with miniatures is a soothing task that we can do anywhere, no garage needed.

Take Yamaha’s series of papercraft motorcycles, for example, or the working Harley-Davidson Panhead miniature motor model made by radio-controlled motor specialist Cison. These two examples represent different types of magic, where someone else starts the ball rolling, and then you finish that creative process yourself. Guys, we’re here to introduce you to a third way to whet that creative appetite today. It comes courtesy of a YouTube channel with the rather modest name of “Paper Modeling”, but it’s not mere hyperbole to say that it’s likely to blow your mind.

This video features an extremely intricate paper construction of Suzuki Hayabusa. The difference between this and the other two examples I gave, however, is that the guy behind meticulously draws, cuts and assembles everything he builds from scratch. It does not use templates, instructions or pre-made kits. A few sharp knives, a good cutting mat, mechanical pencil, compass, and other basic measuring tools are all he needs. Well these things and a monumental level of skill, of course.

He’s clearly someone who carefully considers all of his steps no matter what he’s doing. For example, here he chooses to use starch glue for several reasons which he explains in this video. One, it’s more environmentally friendly. Second, you don’t get those chemical fumes that can give you headaches while you work. Three, it just plays better with paper. Either way, the results clearly show that whatever choices he makes are likely to be the right ones to meet his project goals.

When it comes to building materials, this guy mostly sticks to what’s nearby. Recycled cardboard from tissue boxes and other products, thicker paper pages torn from her sketchbook, and even recycled receipts are all fair game for her designs. Everything becomes what he needs, from all the internals of the Hayabusa’s engine (no one will see them, but he made them all anyway because he’ll know they’re there), to the rear shock, to all the elements that make up the frame and the swingarm.

It’s a time-lapse video, so the whole process we see only takes just under 24 minutes. It’s unclear how long it took this guy to complete the real-time build, but he’s clearly quite comfortable with the processes he’s chosen. He apparently enjoys making paper motorcycles, and previous releases include a BMW S1000RR and KTM 1190 RC8, among others. Take some time for yourself, grab some snacks and relax with what is probably the pinnacle of motorcycle papermaking.


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