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PM 1911 by Hoborginc PM 1911 by Hoborginc
The is a fairly detailed M1911 papercraft, conisting of 8 pages for a complete model.

There are two variants included: Classic and Modernized. You are welcome to mix and match the features.

Download Link (Both versions w/instructions, PNG, Mediafire)

PDF Classic Version(w/ instructions, PDF, st.ash)
PDF Modernized Version(w/ instructions, PDF, st.ash)


Q: What are those extra panels at the bottom of the slide? How do I build the grooves?
A: Here's an illustration.. And here are the valley folds.

Q: How do I fold the guiderails?
A: Like this. Note that the narrowest face folds flat onto the widest face, forming a "shelf." The rest of it is a box.

Q: How do I build the rail base on the modernized version?
A: Look at its front and back faces. They should provide an idea of how everything else is folded. Here's a picture.

Q: What are the "inner sections" of the slide (pg.2) and where do they go?
A: If the "bottom of slide" is a u-shaped half-tube, its "inner sections" are attached inside it, to the larger hatched areas. Their job is to keep the spring front cap and the barrel apart. Here's a photo. Although covered by the bushing, they are partially visible from the front.
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69XL Featured By Owner 23 hours ago
If I made the block side shorter will I have problems further down with the operation
of the slide and parts ?  or just leave it alone  ?  Happy Holidays 
Hoborginc Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
Make it shorter, but move the "barrel bottom (the piece with a hole for the takedown pin)" forward on the barrel by the same amount. That should cancel out any issues. Yes, the barrel won't protrude from the front as much, but it shouldn't get stuck in the slide either.
69XL Featured By Owner 2 days ago
 Well scince I fininished the MG , I thought Id do a Pistol.

Question !  when I assemble the "slide" ,  the [block slide] , is protruding past the "ejector" of the slide.
and the "barrel" will not cover the entire "ejector" hole in the [slide] some of the [block side] is showing
into the ejector hole .
Is that normal ?
Hoborginc Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Well, I identified the root cause: initial blueprints of the model were only made for the side, back, and front views, none of which took into account the curve at the top of the ejection port.
Hoborginc Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Comparing the actual patterns, you're right. It's not intentional, but that's the way it turns out. I can't believe I didn't notice that over the course of multiple builds. But yes, it's an inherent problem. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Cronos95 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
im sorry, i have a question! i do this amazing papercraft and just finshed the slide...or nearly. because i dont have any clue where the inside block of slide and the inner section parts belong to! can you help me, yeha, probably tha is a dumb question, but i have aboslutely no idea!

thank you!
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
The inner sections go inside the front of the slide, as seen in <a wytiwyg="1" href="…>this photo. They're partially visible under the bushing cap from the front, but they can only be fully seen from inside.

The inside block is, well, inside the back of the slide. Its curved top fits right into the curved roof of the slide. Of its two ends, the one with the circle is the front, and this is the breech face visible through the ejection port. The end with a circle and an outline around it is the back, partially visible between the rear corners of the slide. Obviously, the circles represent the firing pin.
Note that it's not as tall as the rest of the slide. In fact, its bottom should be high enough to leave just enough space for the slide to cycle without getting stuck on the hammer or the magazine.
Cronos95 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much!
tank65612 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
For some reason when i printed out the model, parts on pages 1,2, and 6 have pieces that are cut off. the parts that got cut off are the ejection port rim, rear slide corners, front sight and the front frame floor with the piece to the left, as well as the back of the mag well. how can i print this out so that the pieces fit in the margins?
Hoborginc Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
The resolution of the image is larger than the printable area.

What software are you printing with?

If it's Windows Photo Viewer, UNcheck "fit picture to frame" to scale the image down to the actual printable area.

Also, make sure all the pages are printed with the same settings, to ensure that the parts will fit together.
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