Each individual post on this site represents one Pokémon model. At the bottom of every post you'll find a description and building tips related to that particular model, plus a download link.
The Download links are either in A4 or Letter size, depending on which country you are from, and from either of these links, you will receive a ZIP or RAR archive file, which can be opened with WINZIP or WINRAR (see list below)
Before asking any questions regarding files not opening correctly, be sure to check the file extension. The files provided only open with the corresponding programs listed below. Match up the extension with the programs.
Within these files, you will find:
- several PDFs which you can print directly out using Adobe Reader, and
- a PDO file which can only be opened with Pepakura Viewer.
Sadly, Pepakura Viewer is a PC program, and does not operate on Apple Macs, without the use of a PC emulator (such as Boot Camp or Parallels).
The PDO is your virtual 3d instruction manual.From it you will be able to rotate the virtual model in any direction and see how each piece of the template corresponds with the next.
Recommended Programs to Open the Files:
Pepakura Viewer (.PDO)
Adobe PDF reader (.PDF)
Winrar (.ZIP & .RAR)
Alzip (.ZIP) Freeware
Freerar (.RAR) Freeware
UnRarX (.RAR) Freeware for Mac/Apple OS
Common problems when opening files
If Pepakura keeps closing when you try to open a file, you probably installed Pepakura Designer instead of Pepakura Viewer. Since we lock our files, Designer can't open them and thus, close.
To download the models, you need to click, at the bottom of each post beside the "Download" text, the format of paper that you use, either A4 or Letter. A4 is the international format while Letter is mostly the American format. You can look at which one you use in your printer setting or on the pack of paper that you bought.
Clicking on either A4 or Letter will make you download an archive file which will either be a Zip or a Rar file. Those are NOT the templates to build the models, but are the "box" inside which you'll find the templates. You can find a list of programs used to open those archives above.
The Pdf files are opened with Acrobat Reader and are templates ready to be printed. The Pdo files are opened with Pepakura Viewer and are kind of 3d templates that can be used for instructions on how to build the models; you can also print the template from it. You can find how it work on Pepakura's website, with a quick google search. There's even a how-to video on Youtube. The Jpg/Png files are textures that can be use in Pepakura Viewer to change the look of the model, usually changing it to the Shiny form.
Options in Pepakura Viewer
To change the textures (colour):
- Unpack the files from the model's download pack into a folder.
- Open the PDO file in Pepakura Viewer.
- In the "Setting" menu, select "Texture Setting ..."
- Then click on "Specify Texture Image" and select the new texture (BMP, JPG, or PNG) located in the download file, and apply.
To print a template from Pepakura Viewer:
(Not alwys necessary since we usually include required PDFs)
- In the "File" menu, select "Print" and follow the instructions from your printer.
- You can also adjust the colour and thickness of the lines in the "Setting" menu, then select "Print Setting..."
To show the edge Ids
(numbers beside each tabs showing where the piece go. e.g.: tab #43 glue to edge #43)
- In the "View" menu, select "Show Edge Id".
- You can also adjust the size of the number and where they appear (inside/outside) in the "Setting" menu, then select "Other Settings...", then "General Settings".
- To Adjust, select "Place edge ID inside of face" and "Font size of Edge ID (pt)"
To add a colored border around the pieces.
(can reduce the appearance of "white lines" in a completed model)
- In the "View" menu, select "Overflow Paint".
- You can also adjust the size of the border or color the whole tabs (flaps) in the "Setting" menu, then select "Other Settings ...", then "General Settings"
- To change between Overflow Paint and Solid Colored Tabs, select "Paint flaps with neighboring face color instead of overflow paint". To change the width of Overflow Paint, input the desired amount with"Amount of Overflow Paint [_] mm".
Q: What kind of paper/glue do you use?
A: This is what we would recommend:
1. Use decent paper - (NOT regular 80gsm printer paper) find some that is no less than 120gsm in weight
2. A good pair of sharp scissors
eg: Honey Bee non-stick precision Scissors
3. An used-up ball point pen or craft stylus to score/emboss fold lines with
eg: Pergamano small ball stylus
4. A small (~15cm) metal ruler - metal doesn't get damaged or dinted like plastic.
5. Decent acid-free paper glue - importantly it needs to be fast setting
eg: Power Pritt Multipurpose Extra Strong Gel or Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
6. Tweezers - preferably non-stick
7. A tooth-pick (wooden cuticle stick) for getting into those hard to reach places
8. A craft knife/scalpel which has replaceable blades
eg: x-acto knife
9. A large self-healing cutting mat
Q: How do you resize the templates?
1. One way would be using Photoshop or another image editing software to scale up (or down) the pages of the pdf, and printing them larger (or smaller). You would also have to split apart the pages like this too (if printing larger), and keep the same scale for every page when resizing.
2. The other way would be if you have access to a printer that can print pages like A1, or something larger or smaller depending on what you wish to do. Print with it, scale to page when asked. Each template page will then fit each printed page.
Pro-tip - How to Build a Good-Looking Model:
1. Score/emboss the fold lines of the template piece before you cut it out of the card stock. Otherwise you'll end up trying to keep fiddly pieces of paper still with one hand while trying to score/emboss with the other - it never end well.
___________________ Solid Lines are for cutting
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Dashed Lines are for Mountain Folds
— - — - — - — - — - — - — - Dashed/Dotted Lines are for Valley Folds
2. If you chose to do a lined template, once you have embossed/scored and cut out the piece, DO NOT fold along the crease lines. Instead, just glue it as if it were completely unembossed/unscored. This way, you allow the paper to bend naturally along the lines you have created, and the result is a much smoother build
3. The only exception to the above "do-not-fold" rule are:
- tabs, and
- if you have a fold that creates an angle that is <45º.
Q: Who are the members of Paperpokes and where do you all come from?
A: The Paperpokes Team members are (in alphabetical order):
- Brandon, USA, male
- Lyrin, Italy, female
- Paperbuff, USA, female
- Pixel-Kakashi, Mexico, male
- PMF, Canada, male
- POdragon, USA, female
- Skelekitty, Australia, female
Q: Why can't I download the files - all I get is some sort of strange coding?
A: We do not exactly know why this happens, but there are two ways to get around this issue.
1) Save the page as a browser file and then change the suffex to either .zip or .rar (depending on what your mouse/bottom of your browser says as you move the pointer across the download link). Or,
2) Use an alternate browser (e.g.: Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc )
Q: Why does Pepakura instantly shut down when I try to open a PDO?
A: The reason for this is probably because you are trying to open our files in Pepakura Designer - You can only open our PDOs in Pepakura Viewer.
Q: Can I be a testbuilder for your team?
A: Maybe if we like your work, but don't ask. If we see your builds on deviantart, or you submit pictures to the Facebook Page and we think you would be a good addition to the team, we will invite you.