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Modular Paper AR15 V3 by Hoborginc Modular Paper AR15 V3 by Hoborginc
This is an AR-15 papercraft, the third iteration of a long project that has undergone several stages.

It is fairly detailed and takes a lot of paper, so you have to build it gradually and piece-by-piece. A classic M4 configuration, for example, would be 27 pages.

There are a couple of different styles for stocks, handguards, etc, and most things are available in black, tan, colorless, and sometimes gray versions. There are flattop and A1 upper receivers, as well as different barrel lengths. If yo want to build a longer barrel, note that there is no proper M16 handguard, although putting two carbine-length RIS handguards makes a rifle-length one.

The package is rather lightweight because I've omitted most of the V1 and V2 parts. The furniture and sights that haven't been replaced are still included though, so there are still a couple of hand-drawn pages.

6-17-14 Re-Released package with new parts included and some improved pages.

Newer parts (or improved versions) included in re-release but not in previous packages:

Magazine Pack (20 & 30rd USGI mags, plus windowed and windowless PMAGs, and instructions)
Triangular Front Sight (digitized and with seams covered, and instructions)
Low-Profile Folding Rear Sight (digitized, new attachment mechanism, and instructions)
V3-1 Delta Ring (Elongated, adding contact area with the upper receiver for improved durability)
Holo Sight (EOTech 551, in black, tan, or white)
Vertical and Stubby Grip

Hk416 parts (new):

Hk416 Lower (Added tan version and corrected tang since last post)
Hk416 Grip (Better shape and not as oversized)
Hk416 Mag (Only black or white available)


1. What kind of paper does this use?

Letter or A4 size. Scale to printable area (don't try to print them at original image size, because they won't match).

2. What are the changes in the re-release?

Folders are reorganized and some new finished build pictures have been added.
Resolutions and colors have been adjusted slightly on multiple parts. Tan parts are generally a bit darker and redder.
Black barrels have been added, and the delta ring is replaced with the V3-1 improved delta ring.
The V1 vertical foregrip has been replaced with a new vertical grip and a stubby variant.
The black lower receiver has its gray parts darkened so they don't stand out as much.
The magazines have been replaced with updated versions (including a 20rd mag), and polymer mags have also been included.
A holographic sight has been added.
The folding rear sight and the triangular front sight have been replaced with digitized versions.
The CTR stock's buffer tube is now black (although a gray buffer tube is still available for the tan version).
The tan M16 stock is properly tan instead of yellow.
Some of the older, handmade parts, are still included, just in their own separate folder.
Some black, gray, and white parts have been converted to grayscale to reduce filesize.

3. Where does X go?

If the notes files and construction photos aren't clear enough, just ask here and I'll explain. However, make sure you look at the photos first, since a picture is better than a written description.

4. How do I build the M4 handguard or A3 carry handle?

Here are the instructions for the handguard and carry handle.
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CityHunter357 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
hi, how do i scale it to print area? i cany find that option anyware
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
The printer should do it automatically by itself. If the image fits on the page, you're doing it right.

If the image extends beyond the edges, it's wrong and you'll need to look at the available options.
ilovesnsd1314 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  New member
Can you show me where should the top box walls from the upper go? I have no idea where it should be
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
They go inside. Note how they have small a curved cutout one one end? That matches up with the curved cutout at the back of the main body shell.
The purpose of the top box walls is to narrow down the interior and provide a straight path for the charging handle to slide in.

Here's a photo of where they go on the 416 upper (as "inside walls). There are a couple new components on this one, so it's not 100% the same, but the inside walls are in the same place as the V3's top box walls.
ilovesnsd1314 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  New member
Hi, just a little question

I want to build a removeable carry handle, which one should I use? The A1 carry handle include in the upper or the hand drawn A3 carry handle?
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Neither of them are really removable, because you'll have to glue them on. (The A3 doesn't clamp onto the rails, because its bottom is flat). Therefore, the difference is just visual and stylistic.

The A1 carry handle will be faster to make, because you can skip the fourth page of the upper (the rail base and segments) completely. Furthermore, it's probably neater because the patterns are digitized. Lastly, it would look better because it's one color, compared to the A3, which has a part that's too light.
ilovesnsd1314 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  New member
so I can not build a rail on the upper and then put a carry handle on it ?
And another question, I just find out that in the re-release version, the white lower doesn't have "Auto,Semi and Safe" on it, is that a mistake or it means something?
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
I was recently building an A3 carry handle to investigate its flaws before digitizing it, so here are some instruction photos for it.

It's a bit wider than would seem natural, because I had made it before refining the shape of the rail.
ilovesnsd1314 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  New member
thanks for the instruction photos!
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
The A3 carry handle goes on top of the rail, and the rail should be visible under it on one side. However, you cannot take it off because it has to be glued on.

I wasn't paying attention to the text on the lower, expecting the white version to be painted over, but here's a page with the text visible.
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