With a dizzying level of detail right down to the engine cylinders and even the speedometer needles, this small Suzuki GAX1300R Hayabusa model shows just how versatile and powerful paper is as a material.
If you take a full 20 minutes to watch the video above, be warned, it’s nothing short of sheer madness and devotion. The artist, a Japanese hobbyist by the name of YoshiwoModels, goes into great detail, literally constructing every aspect of the superbike from scraps of paper found in sketchbooks, cardboard boxes and receipts. If there was ever a video that captured true passion and perseverance, it’s this one. YoshiwoModels explains his process as he builds each part of the Hayabusa, based on model diagrams found online. He talks about his love for the environment and how waste paper can be such a versatile material to work with, while also highlighting his switch to starch-based glues because they’re not bad for the environment. . As he assembles the engine, he ponders how gasoline engines will be obsolete in the future. There is an inherent respect for the Hayabusa as YoshiwoModels meticulously carve every gear and piston from scratch, and the whole video is a phenomenal humbling experience, watching how simple sheets of paper easily turn into the model/replica most detailed physics I’ve ever laid eyes on.
Designer: Yoshiwo Models
The YoshiwoModels process is simple but laborious. He finds schematics online and meticulously creates blueprints and outlines of each component, which he then traces onto sheets of paper. For a light box, it uses either a lighted window or the backlight of a computer monitor. The tools YoshiwoModels uses are also relatively specialized…he relies on a hole punch to create perfect holes in sheets of cardboard and uses scalpels and tiny scissors to cut out pieces. Assembling the paper pieces isn’t easy either, as Yoshiwo relies on a pair of pliers to carefully put the paper pieces together, first building the oil pan, then the engine, wheels, chassis, the seat, the body, the exhaust and finally the incredibly tiny elements on the dashboard.
The techniques Yoshiwo uses in this video have their roots in Kirigami, a style of paper folding that lets you cut paper (unlike Origami which only lets you manipulate paper using folds). In a conscious effort to be as environmentally friendly as possible, Yoshiwo does not use virgin or fresh papers in its builds. For the most part, he relies on boxes and sketchbook covers to create his models and even uses thermal paper found in used receipts, as they cannot be recycled. Once the model is completely ready, Yoshiwo finishes it off by adding Hayabusa’s kanji logo to the fairing of the superbike.
While the Suzuki Hayabusa is associated with speed and power, this video is the polar opposite, displaying an almost meditative calm in its slow craft. Sure, it’s easy to appreciate how good a Hayabusa looks…but when you see every part built and assembled from scratch, it lets you appreciate superbike design on a whole new level.