Pretty much from scratch. First, study the structure of the weapon and make a sketch envisioning how it can be broken down into paper components. Then, using a photo as a proportion reference, draw the blueprint in inkscape, making sure everything fits correctly. After that, create unfolded versions of every part. Test build, make corrections, and test build again. For a larger model like the SCAR, split it into parts and make them one at a time.
It's a pretty laborious method, so you really need to have built up some familiarity before getting into it, and it has its limitations, but I like the precise degree of control it offers.
To make a model from a game, it would probably be quicker and easier to rip the 3d model and unfold it in pepakura, but you would still have to make adjustments to it if you want it to be buildable. For the details of how that's done, it would be best to find someone who "specializes" in that.
Sure. If it's around 90lb/185gsm, you can use it as the main material. If it's thicker (110lb and up), you'll have to be wary of stacking tolerances that may cause parts not to fit, so it would be better to make the parts out of a regular weight material, while putting slightly smaller backing elements made of thick material inside them.
i have a problem about colors. i downloaded the windowed mag files, and i printed the black color mag. but when it came out the printer, it tuned green, the same with any AR v3 parts with black . is there any ways to fix this? please help!!!
Considering that the colors in the files are normal, 50-50-50 (or 75-75-75 for the mag, which I made lighter for some reason), there's nothing that I can easily think of as a cause or solution on this side, but if we gather more data, we can figure it out.
How green is it? What are your ink levels like? It could be that magenta is depleted. Otherwise it could be something with the way your printer interprets the file. Let's see... What happens if you print a tan part? Does it turn lime green, or does it come out correctly? What happens if you print something from a completely different file that's gray (like a gray square made in mspaint)? What about a PDF?
I printed the files with a regular office printer, n the ink levels are all above 50%. Any black parts becamce dark green, the tan are pretty good. But the gray files, when i printed it, the color looks so ridiculous. Kinda hard to describe the color correctly, just pretend that you mix little pink with black color. Yeah, sounds weird hah?, but its true, man, no kidding
That's weird. It could be a file format issue. Try a page from a pdf file like this and let me know if the colors are still messed up. If it comes out correct, then I can convert things into PDF and give them to you for printing. Otherwise, try other formats and see if there is one that works (jpeg, tiff, etc).
Also try files from other sources. Make a new image in paint, for example, and see if it's still messed up. It could be some other issue with these particular files.
Otherwise, if the tan parts work correctly, I could just make tan versions of everything.
I must be missing something because I'm not seeing a folder for a 416. Any help?
Your models are amazing. I'm going to work out a proper workflow sometime (maybe this summer), and then I'll make cut files for your models for my Silhouette SD. I'd be happy to share them if and when I actually get them made for any of your models.