This is one of the intersecting plane models by Mukerji that I mentioned in a recent post. The label at the bottom of the photos is off the paper I used.
The whole time I was making this model I had the theme-tune to Gerry Anderson’s “UFO” going round and round my head. In case you didn’t know, Gerry Anderson was the creator of Thunderbirds (don’t tell me you haven’t heard of Thunderbirds either ;)). UFO is a hilarious (to me anyway) 1970’s imagining of 1980 with some ugly costumes (just check out the male submariners string vests), stylish suits, funky art and groovy sets.
In this particular model the planes are in the shape of 7-pointed stars. The model is called STUVWXYZ Stars. Being a nerd, it was the name that first attracted me to it. Don’t ask why though – I don’t know. You can click on this link to be taken to a website page which has instructions on how to fold the units and join them. It’s a bit sketchy on how to join them successfully into the ball-shape though. Here are some photos of the process that might help:
The first step involves making a ring with 7 out of the 8 colours. The eighth colour comes in at the halfway point (see later). The next step involves making rings of three with the 7 colours. The colours are chosen so that the units that lie in roughly the same plane have the same colour.
Now you continue the process so that the next layer consists of rings of 4. Then you alternate rings of 5 and 3.
Below is the model with the middle layer finished. The photo of the underside of the model shows you the 7-pointed star in the eighth colour. This is the only star that is complete at this stage.
From this point on it’s downhill all the way. If you’re lucky! You just continue completing the layers in the same way as you did for the first half.To speed things up I used a template (the blue unit in the photo above) to get the angles of the flaps right.