Retro Computers From Paper

Want to start your own collection of retro computers, for free? Well graphic designer [Rocky Bergen]’s collection of paper craft models might be the answer. [Rocky] has designed over a dozen models of old computers, including classics such as the IMSAI 8080, Commodore Pet, and the BBC Microcomputer to name just a few.

The completed size of these models isn’t mentioned, but inspecting the PDF file of a randomly selected Commodore C64 model shows it was intended to be printed on A3 paper ( 297 x 420 mm, or roughly the size of an 11 x 17 ANSI C page if you think better in inches ). That still doesn’t give us the finished size of a model, but one collector posted on [Rocky]’s site that when he scaled it to A4 paper, the resulting computer was a perfect match for use with common 1/6 scale dolls and dollhouses (also known as playscale). Of course, the pattern existing as a computer PDF file, you can scale it to any size you want.

We’ve covered a few paper craft projects in the past, including these cool automata, a claw from a crane game, and even a gyroscope that really spins. Check out the video below the break to see [Rocky] assembling the Apple II paper craft model. Thanks to [CollegeCop] for sending this into our tip line.

22 thoughts on “Retro Computers From Paper

    1. Sauder and I think some other company that starts with an “R” that also makes mdf laminates used to go crazy with them. Every store that sold desks had them. The expected disappointment was somewhat satisfying

  1. On paper fold projects Use.

    For a Clean fold line – on opposite side of paper fold use a small ballpoint pen to score a fold line with a ruler.
    Don’t press too hard or you will cut the paper….
    Makes really clean folds even on small items. A pen out of ink works well.
    Plus for items to be glued use a small brush or toothpick on tabs in
    small corners and tight places. Helped My Child make Many small polygons for science class…
    Worked for me in math class in 1967.
    Have Fun

  2. Looks neat. Darn shame all the models are on Scribd and they demand a credit card or other payment for their “free” trial period to get a download. If I’m mistaken here I welcome being corrected. :)

  3. Completely non-utilitarian but very cool.

    However… the math doesn’t add up:
    “297 x 420 mm, or roughly the size of an 11 x 17 ANSI C page if you think better in inches”

    In what universe is almost 12 inches equal to 11 inches and 420 mm anywhere close to 17 inches?

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