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animal paper models

This post was originally published on my old papercraft site, Folding Trees.


Hitachi Japan have created some endangered species animal paper models. I thought I’d try their sea turtle model so I could give you a quick review.

The colours printed less vibrantly than shown on the website, although I accidentally printed it onto cheap paper using my printer’s economy settings, so that’s probably why! The model only has 2 pieces (head and body) and printed onto 1 sheet of paper. Although the key is written in Japanese, you really don’t need instructions (and see my previous tutorial on this type of paper model if you need more assistance). Cut around the solid lines, fold the dotted lines, glue the tabs – it was very straightforward and I’m impressed with the result of such a simple design:


So cute!

If you like animals, don’t forget to check out the other models in the series too.


  1. Richard Pike said

    I have tried to find these patternson the web but all the listings keep sending me back to you.

    Do you have a link or a website I could use?

    • June said

      What a shame, Richard – it looks like Hitachi have taken these paper models down now. I checked their entire website (as best I could – it is written in Japanese!) but they seem to have remodelled the kids’ section of the site and I can’t find any mention of them any more 🙁

      Sorry I can’t help…

      • agguilar said

        hi the website is call

        • June said

          That’s actually a different site – the models are different and you have to pay for access – but thanks for the link!

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