Things to Make and Do, part 4: brachiosaurid cervical

December 29, 2009

Yes, you too can have your very own brachiosaurid cervical!  Specifically, “Cervical P” of the as-yet unnamed brachiosaur NHM R5937, informally known as “The Archbishop”.  Here is is!

The Archbishop, Cervical P, paper model in left posterodorsolateral view.

(All images of the vertebra are copyright the NHM.)

All you need is scissors, glue, and this handy cut-out-and-keep schematic.  You’ll want to click through to the full-resolution version (which if I say it myself is a thing of some beauty.)

Print this out, then cut around the black lines to make the template:

Then fold downwards along all the grey lines:

Now, just glue the tabs, fold the lines at right angles, and stick the box together.

The very last tab you glue will be the most difficult to get right, because you won’t be able to press the two parts together once the box is closed.  So make sure that you glue the long side of the blank base last, as it doesn’t matter so much if that’s not don’t cleanly.

And there is the final result, this time in the opposite view:

The Archbishop, Cervical P, paper model in right anterodorsolateral view.

And that’s all there is to it!

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24 Responses to “Things to Make and Do, part 4: brachiosaurid cervical”

  1. Alessandro Chuarenza Says:

    Amazing idea! I’m preparing scissors and glue!

  2. Zach Miller Says:

    I’m doing this, no joke. I’ll put a brick in there to give it sufficiant heft!

  3. Aaron Natera Says:

    That looks great! But can we have the rest of the bones as well please? (All to scale of course!) I’d like to surprise my wife with a life sized paper Archbishop reconstruction filling the living room when she gets home.

  4. Christopher Collinson Says:

    Seriously, forget the paper throw that template into the 3D modelling software of your choice!

  5. William Miller Says:

    >>life sized paper Archbishop reconstruction filling the living room

    This would require a rather large living room…

  6. Mike Taylor Says:

    life sized paper Archbishop reconstruction filling the living room

    This would require a rather large living room…

    Not to mention an unusually wide printer.

  7. Andreas Johansson Says:

    This is quite possibly the nerdiest thing I’ve ever seen.

  8. Michael O. Erickson Says:

    @ Andreas Johansson: I beg to differ. This is quite clearly geeky rather than nerdy.

    Total geek city, this.

    Now let me just turn my printer on, here…

  9. Nima Says:

    A whole life sized paper Archbishop skeleton? That’s like ten gallons of color ink right there!

    Or I could try to catch a few hundred squids and use the ink for a nice brown sepia-toned Archbishop… …which is neither geeky or nerdy, but just flat-out dorky!

    BTW, this thing would make a great tissue-box cover, in the overhead view the slit between the prezygapophyses is perfect for cutting a line to let the tissues out through the top.

  10. DD Says:

    The gift wrapping is awesome, but what did Santaposeidon put inside the box? ;)

  11. Nima Says:

    Hopefully dinosaur DNA to clone a real Archbishop!

  12. Finback Says:

    Just curious as to what size paper you would recommend printing on to? I don’t want to make it “fit to size” and end up with a tiny reproduction of something I want to highlight the size of..


  13. I printed on normal A4, because that’s what my printer does. But if you have access to an A0 printer, that would certainly get you closer to the real thing.

  14. Graham King Says:

    This is awesome! What a great idea!

    Now to do some skulls PPPPPLLLLLLEASSSSE!! LOTS of scope there..
    One could box up all one’s Christmas gifts this way next year and thus save on discarded packaging.. the boxes would be the best bit!

    Meanwhile this would be a cool thing to leave on one’s coffee table or say in a waiting room. Any kind of waiting room.
    But you can bet there is some saddo out there who would look at that dorsal view and guffaw obscenely, making comments about ‘nice BOX!’ and ‘boner!’.. Some people just have that kind of mind..

  15. Graham King Says:

    I will just add that (which is another nicely seasonal touch) the anterior view looks uncommonly like a cooked chicken.

  16. Mike Taylor Says:

    Oh dear. Graham said the S-word.

  17. Matt Wedel Says:

    Two things:

    1. This is awesome. Weapons-grade geeky, but also awesome.

    2. The finished product looks like a Kleenex box. The next version needs to be a diplodocid or camarasaur with a cleft neural spine, so you can pull facial tissues out of its metapophyseal cleft.

  18. Mike from Ottawa Says:

    I’m too inept for the assembly, but such hi-res photos are wonderful. Thanks!


  19. Hey, MfO, good to hear from you! It feels like it’s been a while — have you been away? Anyway, welcome back to SV-POW! world. I think you could manage assembly just fine.

  20. Graham King Says:

    Oh dear. Graham said the S-word.

    Yes, I may have embarassed myself, but.. what?
    Lots of S-words there..

    skulls.. scope.. save.. say.. some.. saddo.. Some (again).. seasonal..

    ???

    Oh. (realization dawns) THAT S-word.

    But I didn’t even say it!

    Just alluded to it..

  21. Mike Taylor Says:

    Graham, I meant “skull”. (I’m not sure what you thought I meant!)

  22. davidmaas Says:

    Sorry Mike. Couldn’t just leave this sorry attempt at a paper-cut cervical unanswered. THIS is a paper-cut cervical: http://www.drip.de/?p=542

    If the tissue-box version is weapons grade geeky, I’m afraid to think of what I’ve just outed myself as. :-)

  23. davidmaas Says:

    A word of warning about that linked pdf: a better version is underway. Easier to build, more satisfying in result (larger).


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