King Cobra

Designed by Ronald Koh, folded by me, James Lucas. The model is 8 feet long, folded from a rectangle 8.5 inches wide by 22 feet long. It has 5500 scales (folded the tedious, time-consuming way) and thus took four months to fold. The model is free-standing, with no structural supports of any kind. Completed November 4, 2009, 12:40AM. (I don't ever want to fold it again).

  • hot-as-fire 5y

    this is the best king cobra I saw so far...and definately....the time was well spent :P Origami is a patience art...and we can much patience you put into that model...thanks for sharing!!
  • Swapnik Jagarlapudi 5y

    insane...At first glance, it looked like a real snake...
  • -zeitgeist- 5y

  • Miguel1911 5y

    what is the sise of the paper you used?
  • James Lucas 5y

    Thanks Petr, daniel jones, Wizmatt, Akhil, Paulius, finwich, hot-as-fire, Tom, zeitgeist, & Miguel!
    @Miguel: One uncut rectangle 8.5 inches wide by 22 feet long
  • Miguel1911 5y

    were can i find the diagrams of that??
  • James Lucas 5y

  • Jimmy Lu 5y

    What size paper and ratio?
  • James Lucas 5y

    @Jimmy: Use a rectangle in proportions of 1 x 30 (>30 if you want a longer cobra). I used a tissue foil rectangle 8.5 by 264 inches. The finished model is about 8 feet long with a diameter of about 11 inches when coiled.
  • joshua goutam 5y

    Whoa!! Fantastic!
  • James Lucas 5y

    Saweet, this made it into the local Las Vegas newspaper! WOOT
  • joshua goutam 5y

    Congratulations James!
  • tyrellie372 5y

    Hey there, i am making the Cobra and i was wondering how you made those specific scales, because they not the ones you see on the diagram. Would you mind sending me a diagram or something to show how to make them? because I really want to add those scales to the body. Thank you

    my email is
  • Katie 5y

    Wow, this is so amazing! Thank you for being so patient and fastidious! Just love it...
  • evzen dub 4y

    excelent paper! excelent work!
  • Origasand 4y

    Big respect!!!
  • Richard Ojeda Soto 4y

    magnífico plegado.
  • Alexandra de León Sendoya 3y

    wow wow wow
  • Julian_l 3y

    very good!!!Really have patience!!
  • Gary Caruthers PRO 2y

    In the grand old scheme of niftiness yours is quite the niftiest so here’s an award for making your mark Stagnant Fluid As see in - A Moment Reality Took A Breath
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Taken on December 25, 2009
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