Paper model of an Equatorial Dial


  • Print the template on a A4 sheet of cardboard.
  • Cut out the two circles and the main body of the dial.
  • Gently score the dotted lines.
  • Fold along the dotted lines.
  • Glue the flaps.
  • Gently push a kebab stick or other suitable rod (the gnomon) through the centres of the circles.
  • Go outside, align your model and tell the time.

This paper model has been modified from a model given to me by Dr. Freek Kok.

Download the template polardial.pdf. It has markings to build a small dial suitable for Polokwane, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

  The completed model will look like this.

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