Lucky Star Fractal (level 7) + Palatina 70 gsm paper review
This is a level-7 Lucky Star Fractal, the largest number of levels I folded so far.
This model was independently designed by several people before me, the first of whom was, as far as I know, Shuzo Fujimoto.
I prepared a basic photo-tutorial for this model at flic.kr/p/2dDpuWS
I folded this model from a hexagon cut out from a B1 sheet of Fabriano Palatina paper (70 gsm). I previously reviewed the 100 gsm variant of this paper at flic.kr/p/RvkQVq with additional notes at flic.kr/p/SPrQWM
The 70 gsm version of the paper feels thin (for my standards). Creases can be folded sharp and they reverse well. The paper is quite rigid and did not stretch much while folding, which allowed for good precision. It also exhibits good memory - folded creases stay folded. The only culprit I ran into was strength: when I got to level 5, my sheet tore at a point where many creases meet. I was able to finish the model, and it did not tear anywhere else, but nonetheless, this incident shows the paper’s limitations. However, it also has many good properties, and given its low price I think it is a good choice for many models, except perhaps the more demanding ones.