I give you Portal 2’s Frankenturret in paper


Hello, test subjects – Cave Johnson here. I give you – a paper model of the Portal 2 Frankenturret. It’s somewhat finnicky to assemble, I admit that, but it will be the best Frankenturret your desk has seen in a while, I assure you.

You may want to build more than one, though, as they are social creatures, and a single one may quickly become depressed.

Then again, you might not – considering that these takeĀ quite some time to build. If you want to assemble it, here is the template (see also instructions here):

For the perfectionists among you, here is an extra: You may have noticed that the turret heads are square cubes, and therefore it is somewhat difficult to glue the ‘face plates’ to their edges and stil get a nice curvature. If you are willing to do some extra work, you can use this alternative page 1 with curved turret heads:

Is it worth the additional effort? Honestly I don’t think so, but I let you decide. If you like this, you may also want to have a look at my P-Body model.

Cave Johnson – we’re done here.

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  1. Tari,

    My 9 yr old loves this! A labor of love for both of us. 4 hours later and I have photos of him kissing it and talking to it. Thank you!

    1. admin,

      That’s amazing. Congratulations on a son who is patient enough at 9 years to make this! It’s not at all easy for kids of this age to stick to a project for 4 hours.

  2. Fiona,

    A delightful template for a delightful papercraft! Have spent hours making portal papercraft, but this one did not take long. Hot glued snapped toothpicks to the insides of the legs to reinforce them so it stands up delightfully.
    Lovely, and not too much of a challenge after making three companion cubes and a storage cube!



    Printed on 300gsm A3 paper, so they’re quite large and lovely!
    Thanks so much!

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  4. Rebecca,

    I just finished making mine- it only took three hours. I was rather surprised. :3 I used normal copier paper and it worked out fine, but something thicker would have helped so much. The legs are a little hard to stand up. Also, I was a little confused with some of the parts- such as the heads and these long rectangular cut-outs in the PDF.
    It turned out well, though! :D

    1. admin,

      This is a file for Corel Draw. You need to have Corel Draw 11 or higher installed. Version 11 is actually quite old, so you should be able to get it at a very good price. If that’s not an option for you, I suggest you download the PDF files instead – they can be printed with the free Adobe Reader.

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  6. pDogg,

    almost finished making, the paper I used was far too thin in retrospect, sticking the cube corners down was horribly fiddly and it all sorta collapsed in on itself D: Oh well, it’s recognisable for what it is at least :) thanks very much for this!
    Anyone reading this who’s yet to make one, make it with thick paper/card in A3!! :D

  7. PoTaTOS,

    Hey, just made the more complicated one, it’s really not difficult, just takes a bit more time to do. Very awesome papercraft, fairly easy except for the cube corners, those turned out kinda crappy because I’m bad at gluing the tiny edges XD Either way, I’m assembling another one soon :D Keep up the good work, will we be seeing more portal 2 papercrafts soon? :D

    1. admin,

      Yeah, the cube corners, I know. Didn’t like those myself, but blame it on Valve. Next time, when they design in-game models, they should think of the papercrafting fanbase!

      As for more portal 2 papercraft, let’s see. I’d love to do some more, but am very busy at the moment. I’ll try my best – stay tuned.

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