Aliaksei Zholner is an amazing papercraft technician. He’s built tiny, functional paper engine after tiny, functional paper V8 engine, each one somehow smaller and more impressive than the last. If you were curious how he did it, or are keen on following in his footsteps, you’re in luck.
By Eric Limer
Zholner’s just published the plans and template for a tiny V8 engine. All you have to do is cut and assemble. Just brace yourself, it’s almost certainly much harder than it sounds.
Click here for the full PDF, with the paper pieces to be cut on the first page, and then wordless but clear step-by-step for assembly using the pieces you just sliced up.
Even with a guide, some of the process seems like it could still be pretty challenging. Zholner uploaded a video to help explain how to create a paper rod, which involves some very precise rolling using a ruler:
Even though the actual assembly might be extremely challenging, it’s certainly much easier than designing such an engine from scratch, so you can only imagine how much work Zholner must have put into this. But since he’s been kind enough to share, you stand a chance at having a mini paper engine on your desk as well, at least so long as you accidentally crush it while you’re making it.
Image, video and plans credit: Aliaksei Zholner