Pegasus’s dad was Poseidon, the god of the sea, and his mom was Medusa, and evil Gorgon who had fangs and lizard skin and living snakes for hair. And you thought your family was weird.
I’ve remarked before on this blog that things with wings and horns tend look very good in origami, and this is probably why birds, dragons and insects are such popular subjects. There are quite a lot of Pegasus designs (Pegasuses? Pegasi?) around for much the same reason. This one, by Satoshi Kamiya is particularly good. The proportions work well and the wing design is excellent. Quite a lot of Pegasus models tend to sacrifice one of these two areas – either the finished model feels very short, or the wing doesn’t look like an actual functioning wing. To me, these are both strengths of Kamiya’s model.
Folding Kamiya’s Pegasus
This is a high intermediate design. It doesn’t demand as much skill in shaping as Joisel’s Dwarf which I covered on this blog recently, but it does demand accurate and precise folding throughout if the results are not to be disappointing. It does require a reasonably large piece of thin paper that is coloured the same on both sides. Kamiya recommends a 25cm x 25cm (approx. 10in x 10in) sheet, but does not specify a paper type. I used a 60cm x 60cm (24in x 24in) sheet of white tissue foil bought from origami-shop.com. I understand that no everyone likes to work with such a large sheet of paper, but in this case I think it helped. Some parts of the model (particularly around the belly) are several layers thick by the end and it would be difficult to fold these well if the paper is too small.
There are 108 steps to this model, several of which are along the lines of ‘repeat the last six steps on the other side’. I completed this model in about five hours, spread across three days, although I wasn’t in a hurry. It would be possible to fold this in less time, but I wanted to take my time over it.
The diagrams for this model are in Satoshi Kamiya’s book Works of Satoshi Kamiya 1995 – 2003. I will be reviewing this book at a later date, but for now I will say that this is an extremely attractive book, and the diagrams for all the models in this book, including Pegasus are clear, easy to understand and the steps flow from one step to the next. This book is published by Origami House (page is in Japanese, English translation is available) and is available from origami-shop.com.
Let me know what you think, if you’ve folded this one yourself, or if you prefer a different Pegasus design.