A look at Monami Ohno’s highly detailed cardboard models
Cardboard is great for model making but Monami Ohno’s models have far more detail than this. Triceratops model photographed by EvgeniiAnd (via Shutterstock).
Meet Monani Ohno. She makes models out of cardboard. Not just any old models using our favoured material. These cardboard handicrafts are highly detailed ones that range from beer cans to the Delorean DMC-12 car from Back to the Future. Anything like the triceratops (the Shutterstock image above) would be an absolute cinch.
Her most amazing work has to be the Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars franchise. The level of detail is unbelievable and it compares well with the plastic toy Millennium Falcon ships that were sold in the late 1970s. The same is also true with the Delorean DMC-12 car and time machine from Back to the Future, and R2D2.
With the amount of complexity involved, you would have thought she used a computer in the design process. Not so: her cardboard models are designed with pencil and paper. Scissors, glue, and box cutters are used to bring her Amazon boxes to life as part of her desired subject matter.
On the RocketNews24 website in 2015, the designer said: “I tried making something out of them, found out that cardboard is a surprisingly fun medium to work with, and from there I really started getting into creating with it!”
Monani has recently graduated from the Osaka University of the Arts. She got into 3D design work after choosing to specialise in 3D animation. Due to expensive shop fees for 3D animation work, she couldn’t experiment. Instead, her inspiration was sparked by a few Amazon boxes that were knocking about.
We at Romiley Board Mill are impressed with her ingenuity. The amount of detail, even more so. If only we had the time and her patience.