Family ties run thick in the swamplands, because blood is thicker than water (but it’s thinner than mud, and everyone in the swamp hates mud). The Halowbone brothers, Hop, Skip and Jump are hard working frogs and have been saving all summer to splash out on their very own hover boat to traverse the tricky swamp lands and attract some lady frogs their way. It might not look like much, but it’s theirs, the Swamp Sweeper.
Now you can build your own and pick which brother will be taking the hovercraft for a joyride.
This papertoy features some awesome paper engineering, especially when it comes to the propeller and the front of the craft. Take note of how the front of the model is constructed without any needless cuts and uses origami techniques to reduce tab usage.
WARNING : This model does not actually hover or float on water (Not that I’ve tried).
Alex Josephine Gwynne is a graphic designer and paper engineer with over a decade of experience designing paper toys and paper crafts.
Alex has turned their obsession with paper based design into a career designing for a wide verity of clients including game developers, book publishers and educational providers. Their constant drive to create engaging paper products and international exhibition pieces has lead to numerous awards and seen their work featured in news papers, magazines and BBC television. Overall Alex believes in the power of paper as a 3D medium and lives by the mantra “limitation breeds innovation” striving to find elegant solutions to complex problems.
Click the download button above to receive a .zip folder, inside this you will find the flat template of the paper toy along with a reference photo. Selected Fold Up Toys also include blank versions of the template. Open the flat template in your image viewer/editor of choice and print.
Print the model onto paper or card, Fold Up Toys recommends a 250gsm card stock for best results, however all models on the Fold Up Toys website should work perfectly well on standard A4 printer paper. On the bottom of the flat template you will see a recommended card stock weight (e.g. 250gsm) for this models specific design.
Cut the model out along the solid outline, some models will have sections that need to be cut with a craft knife, younger builders are recommended to get help from an adult.
Follow the key on the models flat template, folding up or down along the dotted lines as instructed. Some model builders like to score along the fold lines (go over the lines in advance) with a craft knife or empty ball point pen to get a more precise fold.
Most models have numbered tabs, glue the tabs in order to complete the model. If you get stuck, feel free to message the designer using the contact page with a photo of what you’re working on and they’ll be happy to help you.
Share your creation on social media, it’s always fun to see Fold Up Toys out in the wild. Be sure to share it with the designer @Paperfolderman on Twitter and @folduptoys on Instagram. You can also e-mail a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
10/11/2019 – Portfolio item uploaded to FUT website