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Paper Automata: Four Working Models to Cut Out and Glue Together (Make Shapes Series) [Paperback]

Rob Ives
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Jan 1998 Make Shapes Series
A collection of working paper models to cut out and make. As the mechanisms are operated, the hopping sheep hop energetically and the pecking hen pecks into its feeder. The motley man bows and acknowledges the applause he has earned and the flying fish flaps and undulates its wings. Each of the mechanisms uses a different principle to generate motion.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tarquin Publications (Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189961821X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899618217
  • Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 21 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiddly fish 30 Jan 2010
By heliwr
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Enjoyed making these models, they need to be cut accurately with a craft knife and steel rule so they wre not suitable for young children although my 6 yr old was able to help with the glueing. We made the models in the order of the book, prancing sheep followed by pecking hen, then flying fish. The Motley man will have to wait for half term or the next snow storm. Unlike Mr Eldridge in the review above I think the Flying fish is by far the trickiest of the first three models and it did not work too well. The chicken (in my opinion the easiest) is good fun as are the sheep. Overall good value for money giving quite a few hours of enjoyment.
So after a bit of fiddling the fish flies well, you just need to concentrate on being accurate and letting the glue dry properly. The motley man was completed over the Easter school holidays and works well. I'm looking forward to the release of Amazing Paper Pets by the same author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fumbling with sticky fingers 29 Dec 2003
Thankyou Santa! Of the strange things people choose to buy for their friends as presents, this was up there with the best. Each model is individual and quirkey. The instructions are clear and the end results are very pleasing. I would suggest starting with the 'flying fish' model as that is the simplest to construct, moving on to the three 'hopping sheep', that my children find richly entertaining. Perhaps my favourite of the models in this collection is the 'flying fish', it has a gorgeous sinuous movement that seems to defy logic when in motion. The final model 'motley man' has an ingenius and I think unique mechanism. A good deal of care is needed when constucting it. The final novel chin stretch reminds me of a thoughtful Stephen Fry! Perhaps a collection of famous people would lend themselves to Mr. Ives' creative skills? The quality of production is good, the only possible draw back is that one needs an extra copy of the book for the bookshelf. Splendid entertainment, an absolute bargain, that I would recommend to anyone trying to escape unattractive t.v schedules.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Automata 14 July 2010
By Simeon
This book contains four models to cut out and glue together. The cutting out needs to be done accurately (idealy with a craft knife) so this is not suitable for small children. However, I cut out all the parts and had great fun sticking them together with my six year old son. You need to use a glue that dries clear. We used Copydex which sets quickly so you don't have to hold the parts together for too long and also, if your carefull, allows you to undo your mistakes. So far we've made the jumping sheep and look forward to doing the rest. This book is well written and the pages are colourful and thick enough to give parts the rigidity necessary to construct an automata. Ideal for a patient parent to have on the shelf ready to bring out on one of those wet rainy summer holiday afternoons! ENJOY
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 12 April 2013
By ruth
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Found these quite straightforward and absorbing to make. They are cut from good quality card so they look like they won't fall apart easily. Looking forward to trying his new book now. Having said that my house is getting a bit full of strange little things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Paper Fun 13 Mar 2013
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My daughter really enjoyed making these models. I would recommend using a fast grab pva with it (i.e. Evo Stik Resin W wood glue)
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I can't remember how this book turned up in our household, and it did sit on the shelf for a while being admired, but one day when my 6 year old son was 'bored', we sat down and made his choice of puppets first (the hopping sheep). We've since done the pecking hen, and each time I'm not sure who had more fun. We both found it worked best for him to roughly cut out the shapes (as advised), then I scored them with the help of a ruler, and then he was able to accurately cut out the outside of the shapes afterwards - no need for special equipment, the fiddly internal cutouts I did with a sharp small fruit knife, leaning on a clean chopping board. He then folded the pieces, and helped me find the right pieces to glue together - we used some UHU and then changed to Bostik clear, with a toothpick to help dab onto the smaller areas. The whole process takes some hours, usually over a couple of sessions, but we both found it relaxing and rewarding, and truly the results are worth it! The mechanics are great, and the movements of the sheep hilarious (their funny expressions help), and the kids have had great fun putting peas and seeds in the feeding bowl for the hen to peck at. I'm looking forward to the next rainy afternoon to complete the next project, and my son has taken each one into show and tell, with a great deal of pride. Highly recommended, and would get more of the same.
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