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Another model I started making nearly three years ago was a paper geodesic octahedron.

Geodesic Octahedron

Or, if you please, a geodesic hexahedron (cube).

Geodesic Hexahedron

It's a dual model because the model is made up of forty-eight triangles and you can look at it as eight faces of six triangles (octahedron), or six faces of eight triangles (hexahedron/cube).

This was another pretty simple model to make, with the net taken from Vince Matsko.  You'll need to print eight pages of that net, but there's a catch: you need to make half of the triangles "left-handed" and half of the triangles "right-handed" - folding the strips "inwards" for half, and "outwards" for the other half.  If you want to make a two-colour model, as I have above, you'll need to make all the triangles of one colour left-handed, and all the triangles of the other colour right-handed.  Again, I stuffed this up when I was making it, and so I've had to make two models - oops!

Geodesic Dodecahedron

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A little while ago (crap it was nearly three years ago!) I started building one of Vince Matsko's geodesic dodecahdrons out of paper, based on Magnus Wenninger's Spherical Models.  I finished it a weekend ago (after realising I'd stuffed up when I started and was trying to do it with three colours, but it looks a lot better with four colours, so had to make the white pentagons as you see below).

Geodesic Dodecahedron

It's a pretty straightforward model to build.  Each pentagon face of the twelve faces of the dodecahdron is divided into five triangles, so you'll need sixty triangles.  Vince Matsko's net has twenty per page, so you'll need three pages.  Although if you want to make different colours like I have you may need more and have some leftover.  When you fold each strip, the little tab will always be right in the middle of the group of five triangles.  I stuck each group of five triangles together, giving me the twelve faces, then glued the twelve faces together into the ball.

A simple and fun little model to make.

You're a Star!!

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Ok that's what I said to the sweetie when I handed him this...

Stellated Dodecahedron

Isn't it cute!! :)  I suppose the picture doesn't really give you an idea of scale, but it's pretty little, because I made it out of a single piece of paper cut from one A4 sheet of paper.  I haven't had a stellated dodecahedron in years.  I used to have one hanging in my window at Como.  And one painted silver that was totally spectacular.  Those ones I had to draw the nets for myself! Gah! Give me the cheat's method of the internet any day ;)  If it didn't take like an hour to make them and be so delicate I'd make them as Christmas decorations :)  I made it from the net on the first page of this PDF, but you could make a little bigger using the split page version.

The other thing I made on the weekend was my first sonobe model - a simple sonobe cube.  I followed this pattern for putting the cube together, although this pattern to fold the sonobe units.  There seems to be a couple of different ways to fold them.. hrmm.

Sonobe Cube

Day today was ok.  Sorted tax nonsense.  Really need to get an accountant methinks.  Anyone recommend any good ones in Canberra? 

Oh, and nearly forgot .. AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA!!!!!! SQUEEE :)
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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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