What are Automata?
Because of their diversity, automata are difficult to define. Here is our loose definition of them: “Machines that replicate human, animal, or inanimate objects’ motions, capabilities, and/or everyday tasks. These can be hand cranked, motor driven, or computer controlled.” This definition may be expanded as time flows. (Automata Magazine Group Forum)
My name is Giuseppe Civitarese (aka Pino), from Trieste, Italy. I am an oceanographer, and in my second life I am a card models builder and designer. My passion for paper modelling began in 2000, when I decided to build a paper castle for my little nephew Matteo. Later, Matteo never built any paper model. On the other hand, since then I've never abandoned this hobby. My specific interest is in designing paper automata, and terrestrial and celestial globes from digital replicas of antique maps.
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Original 3d models by PolygunShoot (www.cgtrader.com) modified and adapted at paperPino’s workshop in Trieste (Italy). These paper models are easy to build as they consist of boxes, boxes, and more boxes… For best results, I suggest to use 200 g/sqm … Continue reading
Rudolph is waiting for you!
The Christmas Ball version of Pardies’ Celestial Globe is now available! Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2014!
In 1922-23, LA Times newspaper offered to its readers a series of animated cards by Dan Rudolph to cutout and assemble.Some years ago (maybe in 2007) I downloaded these cards from the Barnacle Press site, a web archive dedicated to … Continue reading
Giovanni Maria Cassini (1745-1824) was regarded as one of the last great Italian globemakers of the 18th century. Here, I present two 15 cm diameter globes in a Christmas ornament version. The larger version of the terrestrial globe was already … Continue reading
The first High Performance Hako (HPH) Santa!