When I first saw the CP, it doesn’t look so straight forward like the Dwaft model. Hence I dig and dig the whole web to look for the diagram. I finally found it in the OT Magazine issue #123 and give it a go.
Although the suggested paper size stated to use a 30cmx30cm, I thought using a 25cmx25cm will not hurt much. So after the first 17 steps of folding and creasing, this is what I got.
Comparing it with the CP, there are still a fair amount of folds missing in the paper, so I know it would not be possible to start to collapse the fold into a model and need to continue folding. and finally, vola! a flat model taken shape.
I must admit that I cheated a little cause there are some paper missing after certain steps, and I have to back track a bit to find the ‘missing’ bit. I’m pretty happy to find all the required ‘parts’ of the fiddler crab to be present.
Then came the hard part, shaping the model. Again, the paper just seems slightly smaller for ease of shaping. It has become too thick for some of the legs and I have to pinch them hard with my nail in order to keep them stay in shape. I use to have a pair of pincer for folding small model but it’s a mistake to think that 25cm paper is ‘big’ enough without the aid. And here you have it, the fiddler crab after shaping.
One more thing for this model would be to use homogeneous paper instead of white paper with one side colored. It does shows that white as the fold gets thicker.
As compared to the model by John Montrol and Robert Lang, Brian’s fiddler crab has a slightly nicer body.