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Star Trek Paper Universe


Toys are getting increasingly expensive and complicated. Upon the creation of interactive games, the promise was held out that you could travel to other worlds, but it was still lust a promise. You couldn't reach out, touch, feel, and truly interact with those places. Wouldn't it be great to be able to create a starship from something as vivid as your own imagination? A ship that you could hold, but was lust a simple, inexpensive piece of paper? You could create and command a fleet of starships in lust minutes.

An ancient art form can give you the ability to hold a piece of the final frontier in your own hands. Star Trek: Paper Universe presents easy-to-follow steps and clear explanations of classic origami techniques and folds. From a simple piece of paper you'll be able to create familiar vessels like the Starship Enterprise™, a Klingon bird-of-prey, a Cardassian battle cruiser, or a Borg cube!

Star Trek: Paper Universe brings you a whole new way to create your own adventures. You'll be building your own starships, space station, and shuttlecraft at warp speed!

I've always had a love-hate relationship with origami. I love models which manage to capture the essence of a natural or artificial form using a series of folds based on a single square of paper, but I can't stand ones that are just a cobbled, distorted representation of a beautiful organic form. Hence I love some of the classic folds such as the frog, but generally dislike all of those mammals and aeroplanes etc. Some shapes seem to lend themselves to origami and some should probably never be attempted in my (completely uninformed) opinion. I bought this book because I was amazed that someone had managed to entirely capture the essense of forms as complex and distinctive as the Klingon battle cruiser and K. bird of prey using single, uncut squares. A couple of the Enterprises look pretty impressive too (I haven't attempted them yet), although they are made from two sheets, which sort of spoils it for me.

Anyway, the two klingon models are amazing, although quite difficult. I've done little bit of origami in the past, but my first two attempts at the battle cruiser failed. Some of the folds are just too tight even with a medium-sized square of paper. Only try this one with a big piece of thin gift wrap or material of similar ilk. Thebird of prey is quite a bit easier in this respect. I plan to learn this one by heart - producing a Klingon B.of P. from a stray flyer in the pub has to be the ultimate nerd's party trick!

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