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Howl Moving Castle papercraft by Rubenandres77 Howl Moving Castle papercraft by Rubenandres77
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Once upon a time (2004) there was an official download from an Epson site with a couple of PDFs that you could use to print and make your own Howl's Moving Castle papercraft. Sadly, the official download is no longer available. But fortunately the PDFs are still out there somewhere in the web [link] (rar file containig two PDFs with the pieces and an assembling guide).

It's been already three (yes, 3) years since my friend :iconnekomimipii: gave me the printed sheets of this nice papercraft as a birthday gift for me to assemble it. It was 26 sheets with some 300 pieces (actually I didn't count them, but I guess it was something like that).

I started building this in 2006. I used to spent some free days cutting and gluing, with all the patience. I just wanted this to be great. So I paid attention to a lot of details that added a nice finish, although they are not easily perceived at first sight. The most important of all, was the hand-colouring of the edges of each piece once cut, so that the edges don't appear as white stripes once assembled. I also used prismacolor pencils to hand-paint the back of many paper pieces so that no white paper was seen after assembled.

I had very few days along this three years to finish it, but finally I made it!!!
The assembling log I wrote states that I spent a total of 42 hours and 38 minutes in all the process. This time was increased to 43 hours when I decided to print, cut and glue Sophie, Howl, Markl, and Turnip who didn't came with the original file so I had to edit them from somewhere else and shrink them to scale.

The first small pictures were taken midway into the process with a crappy webcam. Some other small pictures were taken when I was almost finished. The big photos were taken today after the final assembling. (The old Nokia cell phone is there just to give an idea of the actual size of the model).




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Hace un buen tiempo (2004) había una descarga oficial desde un sitio de Epson con un par de PDFs que se podían usar para imprimir y crear tu propio Castillo Errante de Howl en maqueta de papel. Desafortunadamente la descarga oficial ya no está disponible, pero los PDFs aún circulan por ahí en la red: [link] (archivo rar con dos PDFs con las piezas y una guía de armado).

Ya son tres (sí, tres años) desde que mi amiga :iconnekomimipii: me regaló las hojas impresas de esta genial maqueta de papel como obsequio de cumpleaños, para que yo lo armara. En total son 26 hojas, con cerca de 300 piezas (en realidad no las conté, pero calculo que esas son más o menos).

Empecé a construir esto en 2006. Solía pasar mis ratos libres cortando y pegando, con toda la paciencia. Quería que quedara bien bonito. Así que presté atención a muchos detalles que le agregan un acabado muy bueno, aunque no se perciben a primera vista. El más importante de ellos fue pintar a mano los bordes de cada pieza de papel para que no aparecieran como líneas blancas una vez ensambladas. También usé colores prismacolor para pintar a mano el reverso de muchas piezas para que no se viera papel blanco una vez armado.

Tuve pocos días a lo largo de estos tres años para terminarlo, pero finalmente lo logré!!!
En la bitácora de ensamblaje que llevé, está registrado que en total empleé 42 horas y 38 minutos en todo el proceso. El proceso se incrementó a 43 horas cuando decidí agregar a Howl, Sophie, Marcko, y el Príncipe Encantado -quienes no venían en el archivo original, por lo que tuve que editarlos y achicarlos a escala-.

Las primeras fotos pequeñas fueron tomadas en un momento a mediados del proceso. Otras fotos fueron tomadas en un estado más avanzado, casi finalizando. Las fotos más grandes fueron tomadas hoy, justo después del ensamble final. (El viejo celular Nokia está ahí para dar una idea del tamaño real de la maqueta).
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ganei001 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
i downloaded the pdf version but the instructions are in japanese lol. Tu tuviste que hacer el castillo con las instrucciones en japones? If u did WOW. GREAT JOB ITS AWESOME!!!!
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot for your kind words :)
Si, lo hice con las instrucciones en japonés +_+ no fue fácil, pero lo logré :)
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JesterJokerPoker Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know a site that actually still has the Howl's Moving Castle papercraft and it is so cool, I've got the model but I have to get a colored printer to print it!!!
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WantAGuava Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you for making this it's so adorabley awesome :D! If I started making it I wouldn't have the patience to finish ^.^
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you ^^
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DegasClover Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for share the link with the originals!
so so happy!
btw good work! i love the final product
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gracias a tí por las palabras y el favorito ^^

Y también me alegra que hayas encontrado útiles los PDFs. A veces son difíciles de encontrar, y a veces las personas son egoístas y no los comparten. Confío en que esos archivos brinden placer a muchos. Es una manualidad que vale la pena intentar :D
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DegasClover Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
totalmente!! ni bien termine con los examenes y entregas lo voy a hacer.
yo habia encontrado unos que ponian como originales pero cuando los vi ^^U date una idea el castillo no tenia ojos ¬¬ XD
muchisimsa gracias!!
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
sin ojos!!! +_+ que mal.
Bueno, pues ahí está completito jejeje. Seguro que disfrutarás armándolo :3
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angiexkitties Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome !! and it seems cool to make :D
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It really is ^^
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7nmelz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Wow this is amazing :O I totally have to try making this someday!
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
It definitely is a great experience to make ;)
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NYUOtaku Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
JEEZ!!!!!!
That is just full of epic win!
Awesome job!!! :w00t:
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you very much ^^
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kiwipok Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
OOoooooooohhh!! es increibleeee!!!esta muy bien hecho!!
menudo trabajazo en hacer eso! es un trabajo de chinos! xDDD
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
jejeje, muchas gracias!
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:iconmishikaiya:
Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so incredible.
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks ^^
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xxxCassandraxxx Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Student
That is amazing! Fantastic work~!
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^^
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kimigin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Oh my gosh! It's amazing! Haha, and imagine it was fun, and probably really frustrating.
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It really was fun! Though I confess I had to make a test with a B/W printing before actually building the final colour version to avoid accidents and understand better the assembling process ^^¡
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:iconkimigin:
kimigin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Ah, that's a really good idea. o:
I'll definitely remember that if I ever make a paper project, thanks!
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MizzChievous Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh I can't see this, the preview is small and the big version won't load! But I'm sure it's finely crafted :)
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, it really is very detailed. And the big version of the file is reaaaaally big :blush:
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Lord-Data Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Wow, very nice on the details with the coloring edges and stuff. I have the original file from Epson myself that I downloaded forever and a half ago...Could you tell me what size paper you printed this on and what kind of a printer you used? I printed some recent papercraft stuff at Kinkos on a color laser printer and it came out shiny. I would much rather have a matte finish like yours for this (and my other Howl's castle that I have in book form).

So anyways I guess let me summarize what I am trying to ask lol;

-What size paper did you use (A4 or just regular letter)?
-What style printer did you use?
-Did you just remove the lines from the files you had or did you just color over them like a lot?

Thanks for any advice/comments/etc. on this matter :) .
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, actually I got the print of the sheets from a friend as a gift. But I can tell you it was made using common print paper. The size was letter. But there is little difference from letter to A4.

As for the printer, it was an inkjet Epson Stylus C48. It is a nice printer that gives bright colours. And if you use common paper the matte finish is great.

After the PDF was printed, I used prismacolor pencils to paint the back of many pieces that otherwise would have look all white. Like the trees' fodder: I painted with green prismacolors in the back before cutting. Some other parts like the legs, the houses' roofs and the propeller need also to be painted before cutting and gluing.

Most of the parts don't need much treatment. I only cut the pieces, and carefully used a prismacolor to paint the white edge of the paper with the proper colour. This may be a bit tedious and it is really very time-consuming, but it is worth. In the end the finished piece looks quite elegant. In most cases where there are dotted lines I also used prismacolor to cover them as much as possible. However if you bend carefully the paper, many of them will go almost invisible ;)

There were some pages that I glued to cardstock before cutting. Those were: the blue base, the vertical column that moves the wings (and is hidden inside the blue base), and the bottom and white inner skeleton of the body. It gives a lot of steadiness when you start assembling. The terrace was also glued to cardstock before cutting. I used thin wood sticks for the bones of the wings to give them more shape and strength.

Fortunately the model is very clear, and once you figure the way each piece is assembled by following the pictures in the PDF it is very easy. The body assembly is not difficult apart from getting the wings attached.

This is one of the best paper models I've ever built, and it surely is pure joy to work in it. :w00t:
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Startua Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Love that movie ^^
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It sure is awesome :)
I love Ghibli a lot.
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:iconstartua:
Startua Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Have you seen Ponyo? I really want to
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ponyo is the only Ghibli movie I haven't seen :(
But hope to get the DVD soon.
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:iconstartua:
Startua Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
It's on DVD soon?
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The official Japanese DVD/Blu-ray release is scheduled for December ([link])

Probably the US version will take longer since it just premiered in Northamerican theatres.
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Startua Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
It did. *looks at profile* Oh you are from Colombia ^^ Cool
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep ^^
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Pipe182motaS Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
no hay foto completa?
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Espero tomarle unas buenas fotos con una cámara decente, no con el celu :blushes:

Y gracias por el favorito jeje :)
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Pipe182motaS Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
un placer pana :)
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theonlymrbadfish Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
dude at first i was thinking NO FUCKIN WAY....but damn its amazing.. it made me tear a little.

i love it.
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! I´m glad that you liked it :)
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Ceci-Li Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Asombroso! Que bonito que quedó!, además de muy prolijo y cuidado. Te felicito por tu perseverancia y dedicación, ha sido un hermoso fruto de labor. Y si, sería genial tener a ambos personajes asomando en la terraza, la frutilla del postre!
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Muchas gracias :) Me alegra mucho que te guste. La verdad este tipo de trabajos me encantan.

Y gracias también por el favorito ;)
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QueenaKurai Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow armaste todo eso? o,o? no te resulto tedioso xD?
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:iconrubenandres77:
Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
jejeje, pues sí fue un proceso bien largo, pero como estuvo repartido en varios días a lo largo de los años no sentí el cansancio. Creo que como con todas las maquetas la clave está en la paciencia. ^^
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QueenaKurai Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eso es verdad :D! y bueno, el resultado kedo genial :D!
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Nesient Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
Wow. That's incredible. It most be so beautiful to have. I have a papercraft castle I made a few years ago that has lots of secret openings and people to go in it. They really do look good when it is done.
Does it come with a little Howl and Sophie? You should make tiny dolls to go in it!
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Rubenandres77 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love models, maquettes, and papercrafts. It's nice to build them :)
Yes, I was thinking on small Howl/Sophie to be standing on the terrace. Maybe soon ;)
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