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Instructions to enlarge the templates

  • 1 method: go to a shop that prints technical drawings for architects and engineers and ask to magnify the templates at the indicated percentage.

  • Enlargment in two steps
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    2 method: with a photocopier that magnifies and prints on A3 sheets, you needs 2 steps in order to obtain the final blowup. Enlarge the first half of the book's template to 200% on a A3 sheet. Now do the same with the second half of the book's template. Then fold in a half the A3 copys obtained and enlarge it on an A3 sheet to the percentage found at the following table.
    It takes a little time but the DIY is fun, and you'll save money creating your own toys. You can add it as a money-saving tip to your lovemoney.com account, and make plenty of gifts for your friends! It just requires a little patience when you're starting out.
    Finally all sheets can be joined together in order to create a "master template" for future prints.
percentage I step II step
268% 200% 134%
284% 200% 142%
291% 200% 146%
316% 200% 158%
365% 200% 183%


In both cases:
  • We suggest you to save the enlargement obtained, so that you can use it as a template for future toys, making photocopies on A3 sheets.

  • If you wish, you can verify the quality of the blowup comparing the dimensions obtained with the most external measures shown on each template. For example: in the seam roller case, the measure between the S and the D pieces, on your blowup, will have to be of 636 mm, the measure between the S and the L pieces, on your blowup, will have to be of 514 mm. However, errors of some millimeters do not cause any assembly problems.

Use photocopies

01 Use photocopies and not the original templates, so you can make the toy again if you like.

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Cut around each template 02 Roughly cut around each template using a pair of scissors.

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Use the spray glue
03 Use the spray glue to fix the templates to the cardboard. Be careful not to fix them near to creases or dents.

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The arrow, the number, the letter 04 The arrow on the template shows the direction of the corrugation. The number on the template (e.g. 2x) indicates the number of pieces to cut. The letter on the template identifies the piece.

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Prepare packets
05 To cut more than one piece at a time using the same form, prepare packets made up various sheets of cardboard (maximum 4).

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Cut using a ruler and a cutter 06 All the straight lines are to be cut using a ruler and a cutter. Use a metal ruler so the cutter doesn't ruin it.

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Cut using a fret-saw
07 All the curved lines are to be cut using a fret-saw, the punch serves to pierce the cardboard and insert the blade of the saw. Any uneven parts can be corrected using sand paper.

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Remove the template 08 Remove the template from the pieces of cardboard after they have been cut out. Identify the cut pieces with their respective letters as this will be helpful during the assembly stage.

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Polyvinyl glue to assemble the pieces
09 Use the polyvinyl glue to assemble the pieces by carrying out the steps shown on the following pages. Use masking tape and/or rubber bands to hold the pieces together while the glue dries.

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Cut the wooden rod 10 Cut the wooden rod using the fret-saw in order to make the axles.

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Detail S and T external surfaces
11 To detail S and T external surfaces of the truck tip, make some cuts (3mm deep) along the internal lines to the template.

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Remove the upper sheet of paper 12 Remove the upper sheet of paper and the underlying corrugated layer.

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Fold the bottom of the truck tip
13 To fold the bottom of the truck tip push the ruler down hard onto the sketched lines.

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Fold the cardboard 14 Then place the ruler along the sketched line and fold the cardboard.

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Glue the axles to the wheels
15 To avoid losing the wheels during the game, always glue the axles to the wheels.

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