Every once in a while, when you spend enough time on the internet, after having waded through tons of nasty stuff, you stumble over an unexpected gem. Complete communities of people exist, bound by a hobby you had no idea existed. One of these hobbies I had no idea about is designing and building paper models of the world around us. Trains, automobiles, aeroplanes, ships, tanks, famous buildings, even planets and animals. There are lots of people who painstakingly create detailed plans and painstakingly build them out of paper.
One of those people is a French paper model forum member known there as “keroliver”. He kindly let me know that he had designed a number of paper models of solar racing cars. They are awesome!
Here are the available models:
- École de Technologie Supérieure’s Éclipse 8 (2013 WSC)
- University of Michigan’s Generation (2013 WSC)
- Nuon Solar Team’s Nuna6 (2011 WSC)
- Solar Eagle version 2 and version 3 (ancient history)
- Tokai University’s Challenger (2011 WSC)
- Solar Team Eindhoven’s Stella (2013 WSC)
- UNSW Solar Racing Team’s Sunswift (2013 WSC)
- Tokai University’s Challenger (2013 WSC)
- Team Arrow’s Arrow1 (2013 WSC)
- Kogakuin University’s Practice (2013 WSC)
- Hochschule Bochum’s Solar World GT (2013 WSC)
- Helios Solar Team’s Helios 4 (2007 & 2009 WSC)
The plans are in PDF format, and if you would like to build one or more cars I recommend printing on A3 size instead of A4, or else things will be really tiny. Not all are easy to build (I had to give up on Nuna’s canopy and ETS’s wheels – the details were just too tiny) but Stella and Sunswift are relatively easy.