Tuesday, 27 June 2017

We Have All Made Paper Aircraft,

a few minutes or so to make,

 a few seconds to fly and that is it, but 25-year-old Luca Iaconi-Stewart, a young designer from San Francisco has taken making paper air planes to a whole new level,

 He is building a perfect 1:60 scale replica of an Air India Boeing 777, he has so far spent over 10,000 hours, for a period of nine years, working on a paper air plane in his parents’ home,

 Iaconi-Stewart had always been fascinated by airplanes, but his epic project began in 2008, when he saw a photo of the Air India Boeing 777 on the internet. “The proportions were just so nice,” he recently told GE Reports, “But there were no engineering drawings available”. Luckily, we live in a time where you can find virtually anything online, so he started looking for photos and plans of the air plane,

 the young San Francisco-based designer started working on a series of computer drawings, printed them on manilla folders, cut them out with an X-Acto knife, grabbed them with tweezers, and glued them together to create all the necessary components, it sounds easy enough, but getting every little detail right, from the bolts and hinges to the complicated GE90-115B engines and hydraulic pipes, and making sure everything worked the same as on the real air plane, it was a mammoth undertaking,

to give you an idea of the detail and time taken, he devoted an entire summer just to completing construction of the passenger seats, 20 minutes for an economy seat, four to six hours for business class, and eight hours for first class, after 9 years, “the coolest paper air plane ever” is still a work in progress, Iaconi-Stewart told GE that he has been working on another project this past year, and he’s only now getting into building the wings of his paper 777-200ER, the last major components of the replica,

to keep an eye on Luca Iaconi-Stewart’s progress on his amazing paper plane, and to see more photos of it, follow his profiles on Flickr and YouTube, absolutely amazing.

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