A Rare Bit O’Swag:
Fedrigoni Vespa Paper Sculpture

Fedrigoni paper model Vespa Scooter

Happy New Year ScooterSwaggers!

Fedrigoni is an Italian paper manufacturer with over a century of history. To celebrate an exhibition in their London showroom in 2010, graphic artist Laura Quatrill made several models of classic Italian design. These included the Sapper Alessi kettle, the Olivetti typewriter and of course the Piaggio Vespa. The models were made out of Fedrigoni papers and were mailed to customers flat and unconstructed to invite customers to the exhibit.

Thanks to Daniel S. for this find.

To read more about the models and their design click here .

1952 Vespa Faro Basso Paper Model

1952 Vespa Faro Basso Scooter Paper Model Roman Holiday

Whoa . . . hold on there. Before you get too excited I must let you know that the instructions are in Japanese and I haven’t been able to find templates to print out that are bigger than postage stamps.

Now that I’ve got the bad news out of the way I can tell you that this is a model of the scooter Audrey Hepburn rode in “Roman Holiday.” And this is possibly the most detailed paper scooter model I’ve ever come across. The 150 cc engine is even represented – just lift up the right cowl!

In the meantime I’ll be keeping an eye out for higher res templates and instructions in English for you papier fiends.

Thanks to Daniel S. for this find!

Description of project

Project instructions (in Japanese)

Watch the famous scooter scene in Roman Holiday

To counteract Thanksgiving boredom?
A new/old paper scooter model

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! (Yes, that goes doubly for those of you outside of the States.)

I am about to go in and tackle some asparagus but before I do, I thought I’d post this neat little craft for you in case you have some time on your hands. Besides, unlike some of the other paper models I’ve posted, this one is dead easy! I think you could almost turn it into a greeting card.

For the full-sized version to print out, please visit this link.

Thanks to Dave ThCap’n for this find!

Your New Battle Cry: Score and Fold!



If you ever wondered if any of the paper models we’ve posted about are worth your time, above is your answer.

I got this e-mail from Eric who sent the photos:

“While I am not a true scooterphile, (my only scooter experience involves some youthful naughtiness in and on a Vespa sidecar,) I do appreciate a vintage paper model. I found the mid-century German kartonmodelle of the NSU / Lambretta LD125 Mk. 1 on your site, and I thought I’d give it a build.

I noticed you didn’t have a photograph of the completed model, so I’m sending a few along for your use. Maybe after seeing a built-up model, more of your scooterheads might give it try. It’s a tricky build, but with the advent of the web, you can always print more parts.

An unbuilt scooter model is like an unsung song.

Score and Fold,

I was stunned! My first question were about the figures that accompany his scooter. Here’s his response:

“Glad you like the photos. The resin figures are 1/24 scale by the German firm of Schuco. They may be out of production. If the NSU / Lambretta model is enlarged to fill an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of card stock, the completed model seems to scale out about 1/24 as well, so I thought the figures and the model would fit together.

Sad to report the model was destroyed earlier this evening when the weight supporting the backdrop for the photo shoot fell on the little Lambretta. Fortunately, no scale people were hurt in the incident. Oh well, I can always print up another one.”

Thank goodness the photos were taken before the accident!

If you’d like to try your hand at the Lambretta above, check out this old post:
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You can also type “Paper Model” into our Search Engine on the right hand side of the page (scroll down a bit) to see all of the posts on this subject.

And cheers to Eric for sharing!