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Make Your Own Model of the Webb Space Telescope!

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Sarah's model

Sarah Lily Sponder & her ILab instructor, Innovation Specialist Vicki Spitalnick from Pine Crest School in Boca Raton, FL.

Want to learn more about the James Webb Space Telescope? Build one of our paper models! You can build your own version of Webb, learning the function and purpose of each part of the satellite as you go. We now have a variety of models ranging from our original paper model to some amazing modifications that extend our original in design and/or materials.

Have You Built One? Submit It!

If you've constructed our model, or one of your own, please send us a photo of yourself with it and we'll post it! We'll need your written permission, so if you'd like your photo to appear, please fill out this release form and email it to us with your picture.

Gallery Of Submitted Models

We have a gallery of models submitted by folks of all ages from many different countries: View Our Gallery

Choose a Model to Build

Since posting our paper model, we've had a variety of people modify our model and/or design their own models, paper and otherwise. We've added directions for model modifications, and we also have a gallery of models submitted to us.

Our Original Model: By Nina Heimpel, Swales Aerospace

Original Model: By Nina Heimpel,

This is our original paper model, designed by Nina Heimpel, at Swales Aerospace. Please also note that the design of the spacecraft has changed slightly since this was designed. There is a momentum flap on the back and the solar panel array has changed. The model is approximately 1/80th scale.

The files you will need for building the model:

The John Jogerst Modification

John Jogerst

John Jogerst modified our model/ His version is downloadable as a pdf. Directions and Model Parts. These are the most updated versions of his model directions and parts (8/25/10).

Tom Dani Modification

Tom Dani

Tom Dani sent in photos of his gorgeous model. He says, "My model is similar to John Jogerst's version (and in fact it's based on his) but the assembly was modified and different materials were used during the build, such as copious amounts of aluminum foil and high-gloss, self-adhesive foils. It's also made with a curved, reflective mirror; angled heat shields and custom paint job." He also sent in an upgrade to John Jogerst's version, which will enable others to make the mirror concave. Download the mirror pattern.