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Tali Papercraft Download by XenonRay Tali Papercraft Download by XenonRay
Usually I wouldn't post papercraft projects here but on my blog or Nintendo Papercraft instead. However this is clearly not Nintendo related and doesn't fit the theme of my blog either, so here it is on dA for a bit of promotion.

This is a papercraft template of Tali in her Mass Effect 2 appearance. Print the files and you can build your own version.

-------Read Before Downloading-------

It's a 37MB RAR file which contains PDFs and PDOs to print from or use as references. 12 pages, 132 pieces (I think!) in total. She comes in 2 colour schemes and stands ~45cm tall.

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: 8.75/10 (Complex but not so bad with experience)

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:pc: Download Options:
1. DeviantArt Download (Pending update, please use the link below)
2. Mediafire mirror www.mediafire.com/file/mwvq86k…

Some higher resolution pictures which show the details better:

Fullbody Best Pic:
xenonray.deviantart.com/art/Ta…

Head:
i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn…


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

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Isildra Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Tnx for sharing and for the excellent descriptions. It helped me alot through that first project. I wanted to make Legion first, but Daishihun recommended to do Tali first - which was wise ;).

And now I have already finished the model. :) 

Unfortunalty she doesn't stand alone :/
I seem to have done something wrong with the positioning of the legs. Guess it was the crotch: it seemed there wasn't enough space for the left leg so I ähhhh improvised...

What kind of printer do you use? Overall your colour looks better and without any damage.
I used a laserprinter and lose some colour here and there. Not while folding (I scratched the edges first) but sometimes when I had pressed the glued parts together.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And thank you for the compliments and for building! :D

Tali's legs are in a stepping position so it's not that stable by default. But yes joining legs together is always a difficult part, especially the way the front 'skirt' gets in the way. In, uh that whole area try to make sure the parts are carefully curved around so the tabs meet their specific edges as neatly as possible. I sometimes find the legs move apart when building, so I take a long strip of paper, fold it into a U shape and glue it inside the model, so it wraps tightly up one leg, up and over down into the other to hold them closer through tension of the paper.

Mine was printed on an Epsom P50 inkjet (back when it used to work :shrug:). My models have somewhat poor colours in real life, they look brighter here because of the camera flash. It wasn't until I got a Brother printer this year that I could get some nice saturation, but apart from my BioShock SMG and 3DS Sheik I don't have any big figures to demonstrate the difference with...yet. Anyway, yes laser printers can have issues with cracking or peeling ink, or toner rather. So really an inkjet is the best choice in the long term if you are going to take up the hobby. :)
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butthurttoast Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
'Sees for the first time'- "Oh, cool action figure!"


'Takes a second look'-...Wait a second...that's paper.....MOTHER OF GOD... ITS AMAZING!!!!!
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep paper :), although about double the thickness of normal printer stuff, so the model's pretty sturdy!
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Tielestr Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Almost done!
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Building it? Thanks a lot! :)
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GethEngineer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
We reach consensus:this is awesome!
We will build it on crhistmas holiday.
We will also build Vakarian.
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Senram Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
So much awesome!Clap
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Ambris Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG.

That is some amazing papercraft.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :iconlachoirplz:
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Maldrad Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
This model of Tali is really amazing! I admire you =)
It will be my 1st papercraft experience and a great joy for me as a ME-fan :D

By the way, what kind of paper did you use? 120-200 grm, got that, but what format? Just common A4?
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! And good luck, if you have any questions just ask!

Yes anything between that range should be suitable; personally I use 160gsm paper as it's a good balance between strength and flexibility. 120gsm gets flimsy but some people work fine with it, whilst 200gsm makes very solid models but with very thick edges between parts. All my templates are in A4 size by default.
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Maldrad Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thx for an answer! I'm going to begin today, finally found a friend with colour laser printer to make templates with better water resistance, just to be on the safe side :D
Okay, I won't hesitate to ask questions if come across some difficulties! :)
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Sengrath Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Excelent work ! can you tell me what kind of glue do you work with ? solid paper stick glue or liquid ( drops or something)?
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I use pretty ordinary PVA glue for everything- cheap and effective! Avoid solid glue sticks though. I know they're meant for paper but for models they have very little sticking power.
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memoryman15 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm definitely going to try to make this and the Garrus models, so awesome!
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:iconxenonray:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like them. :)
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gothed Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Hi, this one special for you :D


but still unfinished :shy:
[link]
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely work so far, keep it up! (and watch out for the hands) :thumbsup:
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gothed Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
hahaha, i have printed hand parts twice, so it will be no problem :lol:

next target will be garrus vacarian :p
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arc5555 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Very good papercraft . I think it is the most easy papercraft you've ever made :)
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah she's the 'easiest' out of the big ones, or at least seems that way after Garrus and Shep!
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Alieny1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I'm going to start making Tali, but I just wanted to know if you could use Glue Guns? I really don't want to mess her up.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps, might be a bit of overkill though. I don't know tbh- I've never actually used them for crafts or well...ever. :p

Regular PVA or other white crafting glues work really well, you don't need anything fancy. :)
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Metmann Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Ive started yesterday and im a bit unsure, so im asking: what sort of gtlue do you use? cause a regular glue stick doesnt work too well...
Your papercrafts are amazing, have you thought about making one of javik the prothean?
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes glue sticks should be avoided. I know they're meant for paper, but the sticking power is low and more suited to school posters and scrapbooks than papercrafts! :P

I use ordinary PVA glue, which is cheap and you don't even need to use much per tab if it's fairly thick.

Yeah I actually have Javik and his particle rifle's 3D model to edit so he's probably who I'll do next (time/life permitting). These things take a while though so it could be a couple of months before anything is completed. ;)
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Metmann Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
thanks for the info, looking forward too see javik :D

Keep up the good work!
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tomoraider Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have started building this last week, and I only have her right arm and head left to finish! And do you think the gun from Mordin's papercraft would look good with Tali? I was thinking of glueing it on her right arm.

And I must say, your instructions and PDO files were really useful. I was once working on a much simpler papercraft but it took me weeks to do it because I had no instructions, and I am working on this one really faster. The only part with whom I had problems were fingers.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for building the model! I'm glad to hear the instructions helped too since they often feel strange to me reading them back after I've already built it. Yes fingers are a real pain! More so on Liara/Shep since they have 5 smaller ones!

Actually I built the Predator pistol way before Tali as a test. She was meant to hold it but I didn't think the hands were posed right. Oddly mine holds Liara's Tempest SMG better due to its flatter handle. If you want the pistol to fit better, try to stick the thumb on in a more 'open' position.
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tomoraider Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, I just wanted to say I finished making Tali! I had some problems with her hood, so it looks a bit ugly where you glue those two circular bits on the front. And her left hand is in a bit different position than it's supposed to be, but it actually even looks better now! And there are some parts that look a bit ugly due to the glue I used, but all in all, I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out. I still got the extras to add.

I'm not sure which model to do next, I can't choose between Garrus and Shepard. Which do you think is harder?
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to hear, I'd imagine problems like that might be reduced with practice, though admittedly the way I designed the hood to fit on is a bit risky.

Tough choice! I know I listed Garrus as slightly harder, but Shepard has more smaller details since I for some reason insisted on keeping a lot of fine edges on the armour. Garrus' head is definitely something to watch out for but he's got bigger pieces overall for everything else.
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tomoraider Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, Tali was my second papercraft, but you can basically say it's first since I did the other a year or two ago.
And yeah, when I was looking at Garrus' PDO files, most of the parts were pretty big. I'm pretty sure I'll do Garrus, but it looks a lot harder due to the fact that he has double more parts than Tali!
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tomoraider Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, okay, thanks for suggestion ^^
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Art-Gem Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing...:O
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OlG-fr Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Astounding...I'm in awe... :wow:
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Tielestr Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I made only one papercraft model in my life - ship "Slave-1" from SW (2 copies).
But i wanna try to make this one. Because i really love Tali ^^
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Huttuska Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I am done with first leg, using 160grm paper. I have 1 problem, the print paint wears little bit off by fingers... any tips`?

Awesome work btw! ^^
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you use a laser printer or glossy paper? I've heard that the ink can sometimes crack on the surface of the paper with these. Other than that I don't know sorry. :confused:

Thanks for building!
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MonaMiyamoto Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't tell you how awed I am right now. Not only did you take the time to make this, you also made it readily available, and with instructions, too! I am so excited, I can't wait to take on this challenge! As soon as I complete her, I'll be sure to upload a pic to my dA page and link it to you!

When I get a bit more experienced with models as complex as these, I'd love to try making the other three, too! :D

Again, thank you so much for this! Your gift is inspiring! :cuddle:
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great, I'm always interested to see other people's results with these templates! :D

Well among the people I talk to in the papercraft community it's sometimes considered a bit rude to make a model, show it off but not release it unless you have a good reason. I always try and release mine to the public if they're good enough, and believe instructions combined with the PDO file are the best ways for other people to figure it out. It's a shame that not many models come with instructions these days...

Tali is the 'easiest' of the 3 with an uncomplicated body apart from the 'skirt', though watch out for the helmet and putting the hood on. :S
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MonaMiyamoto Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotcha! Will do my best! :meow:

Thanks again! :D
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
You sir are a genius. I haven't done any papercraft since I was a child, but I have got to give this a try.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha thanks, Tali is probably the easiest of the 4 (well except the hands and chin section of the helmet) though a little practice on something simpler first could be a good idea.
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TheCrazymason Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Wow I've finely found a model of Tali'Zorah, you have made my day, thank you. This is going to be fun to build =). can't wait to see a paper model of Legion ;). Good work
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, if you ever build her I'd be interested in seeing a finished picture!

People have asked me about Legion before, and I think he would be difficult to edit into a form suitable for papercrafting. The hole blasted into him would present problems, but as my skills improve who knows? ;)
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TheCrazymason Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
sure I'll show my finished picture or you =). I'm using 150gsm photo paper, so its going to be shining lol.

Yeah I can tell it would be hard, I make this paper robot a long time a go (which you could make its arms and legs move)and that wasn't easy. Wrex or Grunt would be nice to see too =D.
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Messcat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
brilliant work ! ! !
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half-halfling Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
This model is awesome :). It was very pleasant to build, all the parts match perfectly. You can see mine here: [link]
Thanks for making it available for download.
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XenonRay Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks really good, thanks so much for sharing pics of your build!
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MarkArandjus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing, Mordin too. Would it be possible to make the first Normandy? They don't sell models or anything and I want one :/
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