Satoshi Kamiya's Smilodon


Hello again!  Here is my second attempt at Satoshi Kamiya’s smilodon, the diagram of which can be found in his book The Works of Satoshi Kamiya.  I have been a fan of Satoshi Kamiya’s designs ever since I discovered his crazy dragon: Ryu Zin 3.5…It is going to be a while before you see anything like that on Arnold’s Origami.


Satoshi Kamiya’s smilodon is extremely clever because it is specifically designed for sturdiness. For those of you who are not really familiar with animal origami, representational models of animals typically have an opening on them somewhere, and the two most common locations are on the belly-side of the animal or the back-side of the animal.  If the model is a quadraped and the model opens on its back, the edges and the reverse side of the paper show, which can make for a pretty sloppy mess on more complicated models.  On the other hand, if the model opens on the belly-side, typically only one or two layers of paper make up the back, resulting in a relatively flimsy model.  Flimsiness isn't bad necessarily, but if you want a model of reasonable complexity, a belly opening model might not give you the rigidity that you need to achieve your desired effect.  Getting to the point, Satoshi Kamiya’s smilodon was designed to have a strong back, making for a really solid model...which I like.


I folded my first smilodon out of purple origami paper only to realize that, even though I am not really sure what a smilodon actually looks like, it probably isn’t purple.  So I retried it with homemade tissue foil—yellow on one side and white on the other.  I am really happy with the results!

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