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Drifblim Papercraft by Skele-kitty Drifblim Papercraft by Skele-kitty
I've finally finished Drifblim - I meant to do it straight after I had finished Drifloon, but I got distracted. It's actually very sweet for a hot air balloon! And apart from the cloud on it's head, it was pretty straight forward to build.

If you're wondering why I cut it into so many horizontal rings, rather than fewer pieces cut vertically, well, I'll tell you. It's a regular dilemma that I stress over - do I make the template more or less pieces.

You would think that it would be better to do fewer pieces, but that often makes the build much harder to construct. And since our reader experience levels lie within the novice to expert, we have to accommodate for the ones that need the most help.

So after building it with vertical cuts - it was significantly less pieces - and finding it somewhat fiddly towards the closing part of the model's main body, I decided to make the cuts horizontal which dropped the difficulty level from medium to very easy.

The only part that I could not simplify was the cloud on it's head. That part IS very complicated and I doubt that anyone could build it without viewing the PDO. I did include a diagram in the download pack, but still ... :\

Anyway, many thanks go to PMF for this gem. It will be available from our website [link] in August.
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Pokegirl3000 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm having a lot of trouble with the end of the legs... I can't figure out how the bottom two pieces join together. Can you help?
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Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmmm, it's pretty hard to explain in just words, which is why we include a PDO for you to look at. But basically you create two mountain folds and join them togeter to create a valley fold ... see, really hard to explain in words :\
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Pokegirl3000 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, okay. So basically, download the PDO viewing program. ^^; Thank you for answering so quickly!
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Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, if you go to our FAQ page, all the information regarding how to build a papercraft successfully is there.

Your welcome :)
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NinjaFysh Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
its cloud looks like whipped cream but its fine dont worry
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Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:) Thanks!
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Carnilmo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very cool! I never really liked Drifloon and Drifblim, but their builds are amazing! A very unique Pokémon. Look at that cloud. Great work!!!
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Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ugh, those clouds were awful! They are almost impossible to build without the assistance of a PDO - I feel really bad for MAC owners.
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WiiManStudio Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find this the most impressive craft. :D
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Skele-kitty Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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