Uh, I think I must be going insane. I decided to make a paper body for a Tyco 440-X2 chassis. This is only a first test. BTW, it is actually made with note cards, which are a little stiffer than paper.
The car drives a lot like a chassis only. It's kind of hard to come off the track. What do you think, am I crazy or what? Let me know if you think this is cool, so that I know whether or not to show later works. (I have a WIP right now, and a few other weird ideas. Paper sprint cars, anyone?) If not, forget I ever mentioned this...
Card modeling at that level is pretty amazing! Do some web surfing and you can download tons of free patterns and PDF files that you can print out on your own printer and cut-fold-glue to your heart's content. The cool thing is that you can find one you like and scale it down on the printer to make whatever size you want. You can simplify harder subjects where needed and if you botch something, just print out another sheet and try again. I've been kicking around some HO subjects for awhile, but haven't taken X-Acto to paper yet on it. I do have folders full of free download paper subjects though. Durability on an HO car might be a problem, but if you wreck it should crumple up in a realistic fashion!
Hey, Swamper, could you put a zip with templates for those cars up here? I saw on another forum that you also have a late model body for Tyco and Tomy AFX, if I am correct. Would you be willing to put those up as well?
Here's an update. I made a second body, but then realised that both were too wide to fit next to any other car .
So, I had to make them narrower. No problem.
Now how exactly do you attach these bodies to a chassis? . That dreaded stuff known as sticky tacks.
Just put a small block of it on the sides of the body, stick on to a chassis, and you're ready to roll.
Now it gets really bad. I said I'd make a paper sprint car, and I did . Please excuse my horrible artistic ability in both design and coloring, and my bad photography skills.
Great, now I have the urge to go make another sprint car to go with this one...
All of the bodies took about 15 minutes tops to complete, except the sprint car, which took 45 minutes. Actually, I made 2 more that I did not show, but they were both really bad. (well, more bad than the above. ) OK, I'll go away now.
I found a nice Lancia Stratos paper model on a site some time ago that was a simple (sort of) one piece type where the pattern is cut out and folded and glued from a single flat part. When I put it in Photoshop to look at it, the wheel base was only 1.25" so I had to blow it up 120% to make it fit a Tyco/Mattel 440 pan chassis. Didn't turn out bad and it's a surprisingly decent-looking Stratos. Next time I know what to look out for in the build though as I goofed some areas.
The Stratos is a favorite of mine and I have never seen what I thought was a good HO representation. If I ever go to resin casting, it will be my target car.
I found a foreign blog that still has this pattern and some others available, but I don't know the legalities of linking it here.