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For the past two years the focus of my large papercrafts has been Mass Effect. But having done models of my favourite squad mates I needed to turn to something else.

So I learned how to extract models and textures from Team Fortress 2, a game that has entertained me massively from mid 2008 to early 2012. I don't play it much anymore but wanted to do a tribute to my main class, the enigmatic, shambling bag of crazy that is the Pyro!

This is a papercraft template which you can download and use to print and build your very own! There's even four different hats available! He's RED by default, but if you want a BLU one, then the textures are provided so you can swap them around (see notes in download pack).

Additional info within the download file and on PDO/PDF #1. Any other questions, feel free to ask.

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It's a 35.9MB RAR file which contains PDFs and PDOs to print from or use as references. ~40cm tall, 27 pages and 259 pieces including the flamethrower and all 4 hats.

You can open the RAR archive with software such as WinRAR, Alzip, 7Zip. Just search around! ;)

You can open the PDO files with Pepakura Viewer downloadable free here: www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en…

Please do use this as it's immensely helpful as a resource and will show you exactly where parts go. It doesn't work on Macs unfortunately though.

Difficulty: 8/10 (Large pieces, flamethrower is a chore)

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:pc: Download Options:
1. Mediafire:
www.mediafire.com/?e08ak6a01je…
2. DeviantArt download via Stash feature:
sta.sh/01dcu8x1ui67


Note: I sometimes reupload versions with minor edits so for website posters please link back to this page as a 'hub' instead or your download links could end up broken.


Happy building!
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Template by me, original 3D data and textures by Valve.

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Why yes I build other models too!
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BuckarooProps Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for this. What programs did you use to extract and convert the mdl files to pdo? If you have done a tutorial or can direct me to one that would be great. Thank you for your time.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To put it briefly, you can't go direct from mdl to PDO. I used Cannonfodder's MDLDecompiler 0.5 to convert them into SMD format, opened this in 3ds Max and exported it as an OBJ.

From an OBJ you can import that into Pepakura, however for papercraft purposes you need to edit the geometry in some 3D editing software first, otherwise you will likely end up with something far too complex and/or outright unbuildable. From an OBJ file I then go into Blender to edit and simplify the model. I can't overstate how much these figures' meshes have been altered to be easily buildable. But if you are thinking about using papercraft as a base for props, then perhaps you don't need to be quite so rigorous.

Hope that helped a bit!
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BuckarooProps Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes that helped out a bunch, thank you bunches.
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ShiningEden Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
This is quite an amazing looking papercraft.  Out of curiosity, what did you use to weigh down the feet?  Also, do you resin your papercrafts or are they pretty solid without it?  
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers, I usually put a mix of coins and Blu-Tack in their feet. If you are planning on building the Pyro, I'd recommend weighing and reinforcing the ankles much more than the instructions might suggest as he's very top heavy and the top of the boots presents an area of weakness.

I don't resin my models because at this scale, with thick enough paper they are sturdy. They can be crushed in with force obviously, but under their own weight they are quite strong. Lately I found PVA glue makes an acceptable varnish, but I've not been brave enough to coat one of my big models yet.
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ShiningEden Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Very cool.  Thank you for your response.  I only ask about the resin because I plan on shipping it to a friend of mine who loves the Pyro.  I wasn't sure if just the paper would hold up in shipping.  Coins sounds like a suitable anchor.  Do you just let them free in the shoe part or do you glue them down? 
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If shipping is the case, then I can see a completed flamethrower being easily damaged, even with padding etc because of its thin pipes. That would probably benefit from some hardening. :hmm:

The Blu-Tack (or any kind of putty) is used to hold the coins in place. I sometimes tape the coin(s) down too just to be sure.
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ShiningEden Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Very awesome.  Thank you so much for all your help.  I'm just starting to get into all of this Papercrafting so there are a lot of things I don't know.  It's certainly fun, but I end up doing a lot of things wrong.  I was using super glue to try and graft the pieces together and it just bleeds really bad and doesn't stick for the life of me.  I may end up having to start over on the parts where I used superglue. 
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masketcharro2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
 love this
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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gothed Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
awesooooommmeeeeee as usual... love this... great job sir!!!! will wait for the scout :))
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Huemus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
I just want to tell you that thanks you I spended so many hours working in this. And I hope that you won't make another really awesome tf2's model because I'll spend more hours working in that

Really, really, really, great work :D
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thanks! Seems to be a lot of people building this one at the moment! :la:


I may do an Engineer or Soldier in future but no guarantees :p

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lama163 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
amazing model, very well ripped and pleasant to build. i've made one for my friend several months ago, but now i'm actually thinking of making another one for myself (: i need to ask however - would it be possible for you to make other cosmetics ? i really wanted to make not only a pyro, but MY pyro - and he wears the white mask (Foster's Facade) and a Soot Suit. would you consider making those to choose from ?
even if you consider the model closed and you don't intend on making any more parts for it - great work, thank you so much for making it (:
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you for building, glad it turned out well. :D I always wonder how other people find them since after staring at the model during editing for many hours it kind of skews my perspective on how easy/difficult it might be to build.


I'm sorry but yes this model would be closed now, I don't think I could really commit to making more accessories for this guy.

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Gravitzappa Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
"Niсe job, mate!" Your models are awesome)
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :la:
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weavilepichu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
ayo xenon. Like everyone else says, excellent work. However, I have some tf2 papercrafts I've been looking to make myself (mainly 1:1 replicas of a few weapons), so I was wondering if you could give a short little list of directions or something on how you actually got the texture files into papekura? I've been trying for months but it appears I'm no good at this. :P 
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Ahoy hoy! Oh it has been a while since I did this...err let's see- plenty of jumping through hoops to gets some useable files!

Pepakura can only use common image formats such as JPG/PNG/BMPs for the textures. To get the TF2 textures you need to install GCFScape and open the file in Program Files/Steam/SteamApps called "team fortress 2 materials.gcf". Here you can browse around for textures and such. Find the VTF files for what you want and extract them. Then use VTF Edit nemesis.thewavelength.net/inde… to convert them into a normal image format! Regular Pepakura only supports images up to 1024x1024 so you may have to downsize some. Hope that helps!

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Leexiaoding Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Nihao!I'm a Chinese, and I've never been abroad, so my English is sucks...  I used a little Google Translate. I hope you can understand. Google Translator is sucks too XD
A month ago someone put your works to a site in China and I saw it. It was the first time I knew paper model (papercraft?I don't know how you call it ). In my impression, paper model is just a kid's toy, simple and easy to make. So you can imagine how much I surprised when I saw these things. At that time I decided I had to make one. I've never played Mass effect so I chose Pyro, Actually my favorite is the doctor and engineer. Then I bought paper and burin and now I finished it. I used 160g paper, it was a little thick but very hard. for look good, I cut off almost all the white edges and re-glued a piece of paper to stick.

I have to say your design is really really great! I'm honored my first model is your design. I took a lot of photos, But this site seems only allowed upload one picture, I don't know how to upload more. I can send you the others if you want, It has more details.

This must be the longest english I've ever written. XD  hope you can understand what I say.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Hello there and thank you for building my model!

Don't worry, most of your message is ok to read! :P

Papercraft is not as widely known as origami, but there are many dedicated communities out there on the internet with free templates to download. I started with small models from old Zelda games, and over the years learned how to make papercrafts from modern high detail games. For your first model, the Pyro looks excellent! Very smooth and neat so well done indeed! DeviantArt is more for main 'artwork' pictures so you can only upload one picture at a time. It works great for single drawings, but less for multiple photos. If you would like to send me some more pictures, an email address which you can use is on my side blog here: hyrulepapercraft.blogspot.co.u…

I may consider the Engineer or Soldier in future, so there could be more TF2 crafts from me eventually. ;)

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dead-dog-on-tractor Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I've almost completed your model with some 120gms paper and I have to say that it is very pleasant to work with especially since the instructions were a great help. Despite adding some weight in his feet, mine is still far too front heavy so to anyone else making it, really fill those up. (I'm going to try counterbalancing it with the backpack). The flamethrower was not nearly as much of a pain as I expected it to be

Great job, thank you
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for building! I often wonder how the instructions work out since I've got the PDO file only. Mine's poorly balanced too- he's just so top heavy when everything's added, I must've propped him up somehow for that photo...
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Boony2000 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I would love to see the other classes. Sadly you seem to be the only one doing them on deviantart.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In future I may consider a Soldier or Engineer but my focus is on a few other things right now.

Well aside from this, there's smaller templates available for the Scout, Sniper and Spy here [link] which used the models from Tom Talian's low poly model pack.
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poethetortoise Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
How did you get the model for that? Did you rip it from the game?
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes all the models are originally from in game. I found the characters in an archive online but had to rip the hats and weapon myself. I mentioned a few details briefly in the comments on this journal: [link]
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dandurocher Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
I registered with DeviantArt just to say thank you so much for this. I love both papercraft and TF2. Gonna build this and use him as a scarecrow. Maybe he'll keep my cat off my laptop keyboard. ;)
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A scarecat? I like the sound of that! Just make sure he's well balanced or a quick brush of whiskers could send him toppling! (gas tanks and flamethrower make him very top heavy)
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dennismine Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
love it btw
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)

I built it with 160gsm paper. Anything between 120-200gsm or equivalent should be suitable.
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dennismine Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
What paper did you use ???
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tanaksuki Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I am dying of a massive fangirl attack right now. You never cease to amaze me! If I could shower confetti to show how much I appreciate your work... well :squee: :heart:
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha well, glad you like it!
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DeBegotten Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow thats awesome! thanks dude
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it! :D
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gothed Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
cool..... i should try this one, even i if don't know who is he.... :lol:
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eatcrow2 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Outstanding model!!! Many thanks for making it available...
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I always share the template if I believe it's good enough quality. :)
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DerGamerArtist Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcannotevenplz: omg, this is awesome
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :thumbsup:
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Lorcan0c Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've really outdone yourself with this one. I swear I'd never have the time and patience to construct one of these, let alone create one.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Lorcan, he does have a nice simplicity to some parts (although you might not think so looking at the pics!). It owes a lot to the original design which was easy to work with and I'm happy with how it turned out.
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PaperCraftSquare Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Thanks a lot for your design!!!!!
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