This article was taken from the July 2012 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.
Never mind your folded A4 plane: here's thePapero Space Shuttle. This card model is one of several miniature machines you can craft yourself from pre-cut recycled paper. The range, produced by Paperobean, a design company based in Seoul, South Korea, also includes a motorcycle, a school bus, a train and a helicopter -- with rotating blades.
"There are many paper products and miniature toys on the market but few have such exquisite details," says Kang-Kook Kim, head designer at Paperobean. "The product's aim is to give users both the pleasure of assembly and the visual delight of these exposed paper structures," he adds. "I like to describe it as a kidult toy -- they can be built without scissors, knives or glue. To complete the products, users have to consider where each piece has to be placed in the overall design; for children it's a way to understand 3D structure." A bit like an Airfix model, then, only without the part where you glue your fingers together.