Up to 32 Bits in Paper (Papercraft Models of Retro Computers)

Designer Rocky Bergen’s site has a growing number of papercraft models featuring retro computers (with PDF plans for download), including IMSAI 8080, C64, Apple II, CPC 464, Amiga 500, Atari ST, the venerable IBM 5100 portable, the Nintendo AVS prototype and even a Gamecube. – Maybe a nice way to fill those gaps in your collection?


Image: The IMSAI 8080 papercraft model, the latest addition to the collection (and probably a more complete system than you may be able to pick up in reality)…

Another rare article, the IBM 5100…


I have downloaded the IMSAI 8080 model and will build&display it in my office.
They’re small-scale models, apparently (or I could zoom it in the copy machine I guess…), but that’s fine for the office.

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These are very cool. I love the cartridges for the 5100.

Oh never twigged on the papercraft thing - the trouble with a compartmentalised outlook. Been a fan of papermau for eons where they sometimes feature kit builds.


Nice one! Now I am obliged to try atleast one :smiley:

How could you people do this to me? I REALLY don’t need anything else to take my time, but these are so cool.
Maybe I can just look :wink:

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There were Siemens 4004 miniature models I think originally from Siemens for planning the space for a mainframe center. I first thought that this is cardboard, but now I’m not sure. 3 Pics there


And there was a tabletop called Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with terrain in resin. Some pics here. I even own some of them (painted)


Some nice workstation here


I think, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang terrain model is actually depicting an analog computer – nice!

In this context, we’d also have to mention Miniutua Limited edition, e.g., Miniatua Limited Edition | IBM 1401
(Also compare this post, here: I am making a miniature IBM 1401 scale model)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is I think a 70s KGB setting. There were different sets. There are analog displays as control station. But the tape drives look like regular mainframe ones.

Another one, UNIVAC, but not paper

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I like this UNIVAC piece: a proud reminder for the C-level desk of what you bought for the back office. :wink: