Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tokyo Stadium Papercraft

There's a manga in Big Original Comic titled Sanchome no Yuuhi (Sunset on Third Street). Technically, "chome" is used to refer to specific neighborhoods or groups of city blocks, rather than streets. Anyway, the stories are set in Tokyo between 1955 and 1964, and the artist, Ryouhei Saigan, decided to provide a papercraft sheet for the old Tokyo Stadium (circa 1964) in the Feb. 20 issue.

In general, it's just a bunch of punch-out pieces on thick card stock, with a "tab A in slot A" structure. The only place there was any need for glue was on the fold-over parts of the lighting poles, where the upper halves of the parts had artwork on both the front and back faces. I did try gluing down a few of the tabs underneath the bottom of the ground sheet to make it sit more flat, but that turned out to take too long and wasn't worth the effort.

Overall, it took maybe 30-40 minutes. I wasn't timing myself.

Turned out pretty well, actually. Maybe about 5" x 8" x 2" high.

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