Chase Away the Quarantine Blues with a Papercraft Mazda
Need a fun way to spend an hour or two this weekend? Check out these fun Mazda papercraft vehicles. From the beloved Miata to the retro 1967 Cosmo, you can retrace the automaker’s history in paper form. The Japanese version of the page offers more models, but you can also access English instructions for certain cars. Here’s a look at a few of the real-life versions of Mazda models that you can build.
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Tips for building a papercraft model
- Make sure that you have a sharp craft knife on hand — a dull blade could tear the paper, while scissors aren’t maneuverable enough to cut around tight corners
- Protect your work surface — cut the paper on a self-healing cutting mat.
- For clean corners, score the fold lines before you actually fold them. If you’re looking for the perfect scoring tool, try using the point of a dried-out ballpoint pen. Finally, a use for dead pens!
- Fold parts and test their fit before applying glue.
- Leave glued parts clamped with paperclips until dry.
The Mazda models are offered with a variety of difficulty levels. Whether you’re looking for a fun project to do with your kids or you dream of owning your own pint-sized fleet of Mazdas, consider taking these papercraft models for a spin.
Kimiko Kidd is a native Daytonian. She graduated from Wright State University with degrees in environmental science and sociology. She loves her trusty old Honda Civic, but dreams of owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB with a custom paint job and a vintage Kawasaki Z1000. In her free time, Kimiko can be found watercolor-painting, baking muffins, collecting rocks, playing old-school Nintendo games, writing her novel, sewing stuffed animals, and cosplaying as her favorite Mad Max characters. See more articles by Kimiko.