This thread is where to look first for any information regarding PEPAKURA.
If you are looking for information on the technique, then go through this thread first. Pep is not that hard to understand, so a quick glance will go a long way.
For the original software go to Tamasoft΄s website
There is a free pep file viewer available from Tamasoft, the full version of the software which lets you edit and manipulate files and make your own unfolds, for only 38 US-$.
Requests for "free" versions of Pepakura are unnecessary at that price tag.
Freeware and shareware 3D-software is available e.g. under
MeshLab - Browse Files at SourceForge.net
More can be found here:
Free 3D Software
Resources for models
If you are looking for specific resources like files and can΄t find them in here, then please use the search function first before posting any requests. Google also is your friend, and it΄s very likely that if "[insertdescription of what you are lookingfor] pepakura pdo" does not produce any results on Google, a request posted here will do the same.
As an example for resources you can have a look
-at Dungbeetles website:
-at robo3687΄s Iron Man MK IV suit files (from "Iron Man 2"):
robo3687's Iron Man Pep Files - SD War Machine links page 73
-at one of the main resources on the web is the 405th and their forum, having a huge archive of knowledge about Pepakura:
405th.com | We Build Your Character | Home of the 405th Infantry Division, 405th Source News, and Forums | Learn to Build Master Chief armor, the Arbiter, Cortana, ODST armor, Recon armor, Hayabusa armor, Marine armor, and more! - Home
- at this forum with a download library
- Propzone, Belgian forum and site with a few free peps
- huge Pepakura Wiki with subsections e.g. for Star Wars
Pepakura File Wiki
- huge Pepakura Wiki for HALO armor
Pepakura File Index - Halo Costuming Wiki
- this blog that has a few quite unique and high detailed peps such as Buzz Lightyear, Darth Vader, Terminator etc.
- a plethora of all kinds of models, from figures to vehicles to props
Our member Stealth created a series of very good video tutorials:
How To Use PEPAKURA For Costume Building
The veterans of Pepakura armour building over at the 405th.com collected their valuable knowledge in the following forum:
Pepakura and Cardboard Armor
And a thread that should definitely be visited by noobs is
Please be aware that the main forum lives from the diversity of props.
Asking the same, often very simple, questions over and over again only clogs up the main forums and is not necessary.
The same goes for new threads on each and every version of the same or very similar paper prop such as a helmet.
A thread that just simply asks "How do I work with Pepakura" or "what paper or glue should I use" or "where can I get pepakura model of XYZ" will be either integrated into this thread or deleted without further notice.
Show off threads are of course very welcome in the main forum, but to make the experience for others as interesting as possible please refrain from posting pictures if you are only in the beginning stages, i.e. just glued a few pieces together or only have a finished paper model of helmet.
If you create your own pep file, then it is important to give proper credit if you
- did not create the 3D model
- used another PDO as a basis for your work
but still want to redistribute the Pep-file.
The redistribution of unfolded 3D models that were used without the express permission of the original creator of the 3D model is not allowed, since its bordering on digital recasting.
Redistribution of Pepakura files can only be done when proper credit is given to the creator and the redistributor made sure that there are no objections against redistributing the files.
IF YOU DECIDE TO CREATE CASTINGS OF A FINISHED ITEM THAT STARTED AS A PEP FILE, WITH THE GOAL OF SELLING COPIES, THEN PLEASE GIVE PROPER CREDIT TO THE ORIGINAL CREATOR OF THE 3D-MODEL AND GET HIS PERMISSION FIRST TO USE HIS WORK BEFORE SETTING UP A SALE!
Enjoy your pep work and show those finished, glassed, bondoed, painted items !!!
(RPF staff member at the time this thread was started, now retired)