One of the skills I was taught while growing up was how to use a card catalog to find information in a library. I can remember doing research by cross referencing articles in trade journals and having to wait a week to get information transferred from another library. It was easy to think about having a computer powerful enough to look at a local card catalog or even to imagine accessing that from home.
What blows my mind is that I now have the ability to search card catalogs from around the world from the comfort of my own home. I can find any information I want from anywhere in the world and, with the click of a button, I can have a rough translation that’s good enough for my purposes.
In addition to loving the Internet, I also love cars and making paper models. Thanks to the global search abilities of the Internet I have been able to round up some amazing paper models of cars that are free to download, print and build. I’ve occasionally included one at the end of my articles. Here are five free model cars that stand out from the crowd for various reasons.
1) Bugatti Veyron by Taras Lesko
This thing is huge and fantastically detailed. At 2.5 feet long, it’s one of the largest free paper model kits I’ve seen and can take a skilled builder a few days to make.
2) Mitsubishi FTO by Teiji Murakami
If you consider yourself to be an expert paper craft builder then this is the perfect challenge for you. It uses plastic sheet for the windows and will keep you busy working on fine details for the interior of the car. This stands out as the only paper car I know of that has front wheels that turn.
3) Lamborghini Murciélago by Lukáš Beran
You can choose from four different colors and have the option to make either a light or dark interior for the car. Like the FTO, this uses a clear plastic sheet for window and headlight coverings. It’s not as difficult to build but still a challenge for people looking to do a weekend project.
4) 2006 WRC Subaru Impreza by “Eastern”
In addition to use of clear sheets like the previous models, this model recommends use of glossy and matte paper for different parts and even includes optional parts for people with access to metallic paper. Eastern has a great selection of paper model kits available but this Impreza stands out from the rest.
5) 2008 NSX by Epson
Of all the models I have listed here, this is the easiest to assemble. Epson Japan provides both a beginners and advanced version of the car that both look excellent.
Bonus! Yamaha SR400
This one doesn’t make the top five list because it’s a bike, not a car, but I feel it is important to point people to the Yamaha Japan web site to see what they have to offer. They have video tutorials for how to make paper models and a wide range of free models to download. While their Ultra Realistic Paper Crafts are impressive, I prefer the easier to make Realistic Paper Crafts which end up looking better when I get my sticky fingers on them.
Because some is good, more is better and too much is just enough, I’m also including links to two more cars that I’ve written about recently. First, you can get a fairly detailed model of the Toyota GT-86 from Gazoo. For classic car lovers, Cannon Japan has provided a tidy model of the Mercedes 500-K that is currently wrapped up in German courts.
Just click on any of the car names to open a new page with the model you want to download.