Ever wanted to have your very own UNCHARTED hero? I know I certainly did, so imagine my delight when I stumbled across this in cyber space, a Nathan Drake Cubee (also known as a papercraft toy). Treasures like this are what the internet was made for, and, in my case cutting and crafting this was what lunch breaks were made for. I thought it would be only fair that I try to make Nathan before posting this, to give you advice and tips so that you may get the best experience possible. I know, don’t thank me.
Flat packed Nathan can be easily printed on to A4 (or Legal size) paper, and will stand approximately 8cms tall. Although I didn’t try A3 as I don’t have a big enough printer, my feeling is that he would turn out too large printed this size. Cutting Nate out is a little bit fiddly, but be patient, and you shall be rewarded. Particularly tough are the slits to hold him together; personally I found it easier to fold the tabs on the tops of his legs and neck, and on the sides of his arms down, and glue them to his torso. This also gives you a little more freedom regarding head orientation; I have set his head at a very slight angle (he looks to his left) which further emphasises his grimace.
Nathan’s fauxhawk can be carefully cut out, although I chose not to, as he was to be placed on my desk just in front of my monitor. I am looking downwards at him; had I cut out his fauxhawk I would see a hole in the top of his head. However, this is purely personal preference, and I advise you to do as you feel is right for your situation.
I should warn you that I underestimated how long Nate would take to reach his completed form; I thought I could make him easily in my lunch hour. As it was, with all the interruptions you inevitably get when undertaking such an important task, I spent about an hour and 15 minutes building him. Had I decided to paste the printed paper on to card, and cover him in clear sticky plastic (something you may wish to do to increase Nate’s longevity) I would recommend you set aside a good hour and a half. You wouldn’t want to rush something so crucial to your happiness. As it is, now I have my very own Nathan Drake mascot, and you can too. Enjoy.
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Do you have any other tips for Drake building? Maybe you would like to share a photograph of your completed Nathan; we’d love to see it in the comments!