Colossal Paper Machines: This Book Comes With 10 Oversized Paper Model Projects You Can Glue Together


Like many children’s books, Colossal Paper Machines is designed to foster a bond between parent and child. Unlike them, it won’t come from your kids asking you to read them the book before they go to bed. Instead, you’re likely going to do that bonding on a Saturday afternoon, getting your hands dirty with paper cuts and glue from putting together the book’s multiple paper models of oversized toy machines.

Created by paper engineer Phil Conigliaro with text from Theo Baker, the book covers a series of different transportation vehicles and construction machines, discussing their individual history and other interesting facts. Accompanying each discussion is a full-color paper model of that specific machine with parts that you can pop out of each page, fold, glue, and assemble into an oversized contrivance.


Colossal Paper Machines is a large-format book measuring 16.6 x 10.7 inches and consisting of 128 pages. Each model part is printed on sturdy card stock, with the outlines perforated for easily tearing out of the pages and folding. Glue is all you need to complete each build, with no tape or pins necessary.

A total of ten machines are included with each book, namely a dump truck, a space shuttle, an excavator, a ladder truck, a front loader, a concrete mixer, a steam locomotive, a steamboat, a dirigible, and a Chinook helicopter. These aren’t just simple models, either, as each one comes with detailed elements, including wheels that roll, propellers that turn, and, for the construction machines, arms that move.


Available now, Colossal Paper Machines is priced at $17.50.

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2 Responses

  1. William

    These are so neat, and so much fun to do with kids–and even teenagers! I’ve used them in the past with my special-needs students and consumers. I love how they require motor skills, focus, patience, and are always very rewarding toys or a ‘trophy’ for kids to look back at and see what they accomplished on their own! I wonder if the parts for this could be made on a 3-D printer for more customized designs, colors, and features? I don’t like the part about having to glue the pieces together. I find it much more practical and enjoyable for parts that interlock or snap into one another for connection and can also be broken back down if and when necessary. Very interesting new product, it’s sure to grow!

  2. Ann Marie

    my son would love these! he used to always play with KNEX, but now he always plays with Legos. i remember when i was younger we had the bionicles. there were a few toys back then that you could build like this, but they were more styrofoam and this paper machete looks like it would last a lot longer and actually withstand a little play-time and abuse. do they make car tracks out of this too for hot-wheels? i love the firetruck one, nice call!


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