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Paper Models
Here be Dragons!

Author: Lutz Pietschker
Version: 2011-03-01

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On this page I collect dragon models from different publishers:

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There are five dragon models in this book, as shown in the first picture (St. George has a back and front view). The cave dragon went AWOL, I can't say where the beast has gone, probably I used it as a gift wrapping accessory or something like that.
The book is about A4 size (30x21 cm), and each dragon has two to four pages to himself.

The image to the right shows the fire dragon in a special mission– the little beauty had the honour to decorate the posters and flyers of the Topmodels 2010 paper model exhibition in the Schwedenspeicher museum in Stade. A proud moment for me, indeed!

The fire dragon is, I think, the most impressive of the lot, with its beautiful twisted tail and fiery mane, spouting fire. Its overall size is 30 cm.
Two more views from the front, showing the head and the wing span.
And two more. Doesn't it look outright wicked in the right picture? You would not guess what a friendly animal it actually is (unless you try to steal its treasures, of course).
Here you see the water dragon. It has two heads and a sharp bow to part the waves. My wife made it while I did the fire dragon. Both models were used as decoration in our small stage when we had "dragonish" stories in the program.
This model is a relief model of St. George attacking (on one side) the dragon (on the other side). Must have been somewhat hard to hit the dragon that way, but also a bit safer I think.
The "fire dragon" automation by Walter Ruffler was built by my wife, actually it was one of the first "seriuos" paper models she built.

The dragon comes on 4 sheets A4, plus instructions. The set comes ready to build, with all wooden axles etc. included. Another nice model designed by a master of automata.

When the crank is turned, the dragon rears, raises his arms and wings, and shuts its snout. The main motion comes from a simple crank that raises the dragon's head and body, the secondary movements come from threads that act against that motion.

The last images links to a small movie (230 kB) that shows the dragon in action. Seems that a bit of adjusting still needs to be done.


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