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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

Rail Cover 6-Inch (digitized, not in re-release)

Hk416 parts (new):

Hk416 Lower (Added dark tan version and corrected tang since last post)
Hk416 Grip (Better shape and not as oversized)
Hk416 Mag (Only black or white available)
Hk416 Upper Receiver (Black, dark tan, or white. Better fit than V3 upper, but rail height is different)
Hk416 Front End (Barrel, handguard, etc. Height only matches Hk416 upper. Barrel is thinner than V3 barrel)
V4 Suppressor  (For thin barrel)


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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rey420 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
c'mon hk 416 release it already
AQWorldHsam Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hey I'm new to this stuff how does it work? , I Downloaded the M4 package . for the files do i Connect the triangles together or something or how do I know where to fold it and bend it and stuff like that. (Ps : sorry i'm new)
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Here's an explanation of the basic principles. Although he only mentions gluing briefly at the end, the principle of the tabs should be pretty easy to understand. The tabs are there to serve as glue-holding surfaces. Whenever two separate faces need to form a corner, one will have a tab on it, and the other will attach on top of this tab, concealing it inside the model.

Also here's a tutorial on cylinders. You'll see a lot of shapes like this, as well as a lot of non-cylindrical shapes that use the same principle, of multiple narrow faces with tabs, forming the edge of a complex shape, and a set of large flat faces to form the top and bottom.
AQWorldHsam Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks man!! Helped alot. but what are the squigly lines for?
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Those are areas where something else will be glued to. Usually they're only there when the precise position of where to put something needs to be clarified.
ilovesnsd1314 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
where should the thin front and thick front barrel section go?
what i understand is barrel end-->main barrel-->sight post barrel-->flash hider
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Look at the color-coded diagram on the side of the page.

Rearmost -> Main -> Sight Post -> Thin Front -> Thick Front -> Threaded Barrel End

The flash hider goes over the threaded barrel end.
ilovesnsd1314 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Thanks :)
fabio5050 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  New member
i cant download can u just post up a picture with the template that would be very helpful
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Unfortunately, there are too many pages to post them individually.

However, if you describe a specific build (including colors), I can upload a smaller package containing only the relevant files, or email it to you.
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