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The story of Papersmith

The story of Papersmith
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Atamjeet Singh was always fascinated with machines and airplanes. He took his passion to a whole new level by creating these amazing 3D paper models...

Atamjeet Singh was always fascinated with machines and airplanes. He took his passion to a whole new level by creating these amazing 3D paper models which look just like real machines. Whenever someone sees his paper models, their first reaction is that of disbelief. And then, they eventually fall in love with the stunning craft. Take a look at some of his incredible models and understand the passion behind them.

“I was always a curious kid. I carried a screw driver with me everywhere – I would open machines just to see how they work and I was fascinated with planes and machines,” says Atamjeet Singh, the ‘paper man’.

Atamjeet Singh with his 3D paper model

Singh has an unusual skill – he can create machines out of paper. After he is done with his day job as a software engineer at an IT giant, he dons the avatar of a creator who spends hours in his room crafting various real-looking 3D models of bikes, ships, planes, warheads, rocket launchers and many such fascinating things – all just using paper and glue!

He spends months with a small piece of paper and finally comes up with a model which will make your jaws drop. Singh created his first model in college, and ever since he has not looked back. He proudly flaunts over 30 models that he has crafted so far.

The start

He learnt Engineering Design in college days and picked it up really fast.

Born and brought up in Amritsar, Punjab, Singh knew where his interest lay but there was no one to push the button and make him realise the wonders he could do. And, one fine day during his first year of engineering, Singh went to the college library and started reading a book on airplanes just out of curiosity.

It had sketches of planes used in World War 2. Having always been fascinated by planes, he took photographs of the airplane pictures from the book and thought of creating their models.

He made different parts – the cones, cylinders, etc – to assemble each part later on. It took him 30 days to prepare the different parts and to his surprise, the parts fit perfectly at first go. And finally a four feet long and three feet wide plane was ready. “I call it an engineering accident,” Singh says. He painted 6-8 layers of metal paint on it to make it look as real as possible.

This was his first success, and since then he has been surprising the world through his extraordinary art. He later took his art to his work place, spending extra hours in office after work to create amazing models.

Why paper?

When Singh started paper modelling, he did not have many resources. He wanted to learn Balsa wood craft but it required a tremendous amount of guidance and money.

The paper he uses is not the regular thin paper. He uses ivory sheets and similar thick papers to keep the model firm. Also, he uses different types of paper for different parts of the model. For example, he uses thicker paper for the wheels of the truck as they bear most of the weight and thinner paper for the body.

Each paper model has a skeleton (also made of paper) which fits inside the outer paper shell and keeps the final piece firm and intact.

Living the passion

The USP of his models is the fine quality, the minute detailing and the light weight. Some of his models, which have several parts glued together, only weigh 30 to 40 gms.

“Internet was my best friend at that time. I would spend hours watching videos to enhance my craft. I thought of making a more detailed model with proper labels and parts to make it look like a real plane,” he says.

He then made F4-U Corsair used in World War 1 with extra ordinary detailing of cockpit, gears, seat belts, etc., which is his most valuable possession to date.

There was one time when Singh was making a Japanese battleship. It was a very complicated design which needed 3,000 individual parts to be first prepared and then fixed at the right place carefully.

The Future

He wants to take his art to schools and teach others to make similar models. He has been participating in a lot of exhibitions to showcase his work. Right now, taking it as a hobby, Singh wants to scale his passion and even commercialize it if the right opportunity comes along.

He wants to create high-class paper models for his clients and big corporates. Happily married for two years, Singh’s wife understands his passion and gives him his space to follow it. Working as a Senior Consultant at Oracle now, Singh is living his dream of becoming a pilot by making planes. “I was destined to do this,” he smiles.

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