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Sankei Miniatuart Ghibli Papercraft – No. 2 My Neighbour Totoro, Kusakabe Residence and Cat Bus

Decided to build the second Totoro papercraft I bought while in Japan this time, the Kusakabe sisters and the Cat Bus. I actually wanted to buy two other Totoro ones – one with the famous bus stop scene when Satsuki first meets Totoro and also the one when the family was moving into their new home.

Unfortunately space is limited so I had to be selective ^^;

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Trip in Japan Day 5 – Kyoto. Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Our destination today was Kyoto because we wanted to see the more traditional side of Japan.

Tokyo wasn’t always the capital. It’s a tradition for wherever the emperor dwells to become the capital and before Tokyo, it was Kyoto. Kyoto was the second capital of Japan between 794 – 1868 before Tokyo.

Off to Kyoto!

 

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Putting Together a Sankei Miniatuart Ghibli Papercraft – No. 5 Totoro

When I bought a bunch of Ghibli papercrafts back from my trip to Japan I wasn’t really expecting them to be hard to put together. I saw the difficulty rating that ranged from one to three stars and this was one star so I thought, “How hard could it be?” If I read the bottom of the box I probably would have known better ^^;

So, I decided to put this post together show casing one of the kits by Sankei. There are actually quite a few around by different manufacturers but I think the one thing all the small ones have in common is the price… At 18GBP, they are not cheap.

For my first attempt I went with number 5 in the mini series, a Totoro one I bought when I visited Ghibli Museum. Difficulty level was one star. For a complete amateur who was doing this the first time it took 5 – 6 hours of time so, be prepared to leave a day free for it, lol.

Getting ready to build my first papercraft

What you’ll need…

  • Retractable Blade / Papercraft Knife
    For cutting out the tiny parts from the cardboard. You might want a proper papercraft knife instead of the retractable ones you use to cut open packaging because you will want to press the knife into the cardboard rather than slice. The retractable one I used kept retracting and didn’t clean cut the pieces very well.
  • Scissors
    For opening the small packs of confetti that is used for the vegetation such as bushes, grass, trees and flowers. You’ll be using to cut a tiny hole in the bags if you don’t have those little tubes some crafters use to hold glitter so that it’s easier to sprinkle.
  • PVC/PVA Glue
    For well… glueing it all together. PVA will give you more time to adjust after you’ve put the pieces together. Translucent glue i.e. glue that’s transparent would be good because then you can’t see it if you applied too much.
  • Toothpick(s)
    Or whatever you can use to apply tiny, needle point sized dots of glue.
  • Coloured Pencils
    I don’t recommend felt tips or ink based colours because the ink can spill to onto parts you the card.
  • Tweezers
    To pick up and move the tiny (and I mean tiny!) parts into place.
  • Self-healing Cutting Mat (Optional)
    Basically a mat you can work on without worrying about damaging your table top when you’re cutting. The self-healing means even when you cut through the paper and into the mat, the mat will slowly heal itself again.
  • Display Case (Optional)
    After spending hours putting the miniature together you’ll probably want something to proudly display it in and to give it some protection. Small display cases don’t cost much, especially the one’s that don’t use glass.

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