by Michael LaFosse
For those who have tried to make origami dinosaurs, you will already know that most of the models that are available on the internet are quite complex. One of the best things about this kit is that the models are doable. There are only a few “easy” models, but even the “intermediate” models are still quite feasible for those who have had some experience in folding origami. Some origami techniques used in this book include inside reverse fold, outside reverse fold, rabbit ear fold, pleating, and crimping. Scissors are used in two model (Simplesaurus, T-rex), and tape is used in two models (Archaeopteryx, Dimetrodon).
Most of the paper dinosaurs fall into one of three categories
- The T-rex types: these are usually portrayed as the meat-eating dinosaurs that stand on 2 legs, can run fast, and are ferocious.
- The Low on the Ground Types: the second type of dinosaur are those which walk on 4 feet, are lower to the ground, and are often herbivores.
- Everything else And lastly, there are a few miscellaneous models such as dinosaur eggs, two dinosaur heads, two forms of pterandon, and a trilobite.
Some of the models are quite similar to one another so if you can fold one, you can probably fold a few more of the same style. In fact, Simplesaurus and T-rex are essentially the same model except for a minor modification on the dinosaur’s head. Some models use two sheets of paper (Apatosaurus, Archaeopteryx, Dimetrodon) but most use one sheet of paper.
The Velociraptor is particularly noteworthy because there are two flaps of paper so the mouth can open and the toes can be flared. The trilobite is not hard to fold and the results are very satisfying. All in all, Origami Dinosaurs by Michael LaFosse is a good kit: it is self contained and the origami models are within reach and not ridiculously complex.
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