It is the fifth model in the “Ultra Realistic” series

Back in 1997, Yamaha challenged our building skills when launched a pretty neat form of Origami, the art of paper folding. They called it the “Paper Crafts.” Every now and then, they release a bunch of new Paper craft motorcycle models where one can print out, cut and assemble these paper figures. As easy as it may sound, trust me, they are more complicated than your understanding of the universe.

For its 20th anniversary, Yamaha PaperCrafts have recreated Yamaha Motor Co’s first motorcycle, the 1955 YA-1, as an Ultra-Realistic Paper Craft. There are two editions there: a standard edition for us puny ignorants and a special edition for those who have mastered the art of origami.

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Paper Crafts has been making motorcycle models along with some animals and dioramas. Their models include the VMax, both versions, the R1, MT-01 and lots more, and every edition of these have more and more details added to the build. For their 20th anniversary, Yamaha motorcycles want to recreate its origin with a 1:4 scale YA-1.

This will be the fifth entry into the “Ultra Realistic” series of models which will have more than three-dozen pages of small parts, plus another 50 pages of detailed instructions. These kits can be downloaded in full-color or a plain white setup. While the normal edition will just have the paper and glue for everything, the Special edition comes with threads and other things that make detailings even sharper.

Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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The thread is used to make wheel spokes in the Special edition while in the normal edition, it’s just paper sticks. Even the chain is more realistic in the Special edition. The number of parts will range from 150 to 1000 depending on which version you choose. All of them will come available as downloadable formats split into three packs.

It is all free to download, but one needs to put in a serious amount of time and patience to complete one of these. What’s amazing is the level of detailings Yamaha wants to be depicted in the paper crafts. It is worthy of an appreciation if you manage to gather a saintly level of patience, not to mention superhuman dexterity just to finish this form of Origami.

Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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If you are looking for a nice project for these cold weather days and evenings that are fast approaching, you might want to try one of these. There’s a big gallery of successful builds by people from all over the world and Yamaha encourages you to submit your model for inclusion.

The Yamaha YA-1 was what started the motorcycle revolution for the Tuning Fork company that made musical instruments. Released in 1955, each and every YA-1 was hand-built and was the only model to have a striking maroon and ivory white exterior compared to the black motorcycles of those days. This began what we know now as the Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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Yamaha Paper Crafts now gets the YA-1 to celebrate the 20th anniversary Exterior
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