Used Christmas wrapping paper...which is a bit thin and easy to tear. Folded the pieces (1/16 size) 3 years ago, finally decided to assemble the dragon. Not a hard model....only 630 pieces...but twisting the body into a S shape vertically and horizontally took some time, did it 5 sections at a time. Came out to be 42" long. The Purple Dragon was just in a vertical S shape.