We love the Japanese director and artist Miyazaki and his wonderful films “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, My Neighbor Totoro”, “Princess Mononoke”, “Spirited Away” and the rest. Our daughter is a fan too, especially Howl’s Moving Castle. I found two paper craft models of the castle, one is from a book, now out of print, from Studio Ghibli itself, the other is a free download from the Japanese Epson site.
I’m saving this project for winter, when we have more time. I’ve already printed out the one from Epson, only 26 sheets, but the instructions are in Japanese. There is a rough English translation from a fan that’s a little helpful, but it’s still a daunting project. I’ve flipped through the printed pages and have my doubts whether I can do it or not.
Ben Millett crafted this Studio Ghibli version from the book and it looks great! He even made a time lapse movie of the process with the iSight on his laptop. Check it out here
Last Thursday, I finished the papercraft project I started about 3 weeks ago. Spending a couple of hours each night, I spent about 72 total hours, and watched 24 movies.
This is the Mother Of All Paper Craft Models and Ben has inspired me to actually tackle it someday. I think.