Laputa: Castle in the Sky Paper Craft

Here’s another miniatuart paper kit from Sankei featuring a scene from a Studio Ghibli movie – Laputa: Castle in the Sky.  I learnt from my previous experience and used PVA glue instead of liquid UHU glue which was much better for gluing down the fake greenery.  A lot less messier and no ‘spider webs’ appearing!

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This one had a difficulty of one star only so it was really straightforward and simple.  Having thicker card makes it so much easier to handle too!  The most fiddly part was making the castle itself since the parts got smaller and smaller.  However it’s all just cutting out the parts and layering them on top of another to get that 3D effect.

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Next up was making the background and the clouds which was really simple and fast to make.  There’s some bending involved but nothing too tricky.  The little supports to make the clouds ‘float’ were slightly more fiddly but still doable thanks to thicker card being used.

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And here’s the finished product!

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There’s a little slot for the castle to fit into this horizontal support that sticks out from the clouds in the background.  I was kinda afraid it wouldn’t stay up too well but no, the glue held up the castle pretty well!  And thus the floating illusion was created!

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I really enjoyed making this paper kit but that’s probably because it wasn’t too fiddly or too hard to make.  It was very straightforward and using PVA glue made the whole thing a lot easier to handle too.  I’m looking forward to making more of these!  I have another two left to make – Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away.  Their difficulty is slightly higher so hopefully I can still handle it okay.

…now, when am I actually going to get round to making them.  Huh.

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