Best Paper Plane Ever: Miniature 777 Made Out of Manila Folders

It took five years, a decent amount of glue and a whole lot of patience

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Time to retire your paper airplane game, everyone, because there’s no way you could ever match this guy.

Luca Iaconi-Stewart built a 1:60-scale replica of a 777 jetliner using manila folders (and dabs of glue). It’s insanely precise and almost as complicated as the real aircraft. It even features retractable landing gear, Wired reports.

Iaconi-Stewart began working on the project five years ago, inspired by the models he made out of manila paper in a high school architecture class. He designed the aircraft in Adobe Illustrator based on a detailed diagram of an Air India 777-300ER. Eventually, he printed the forms on manila, sharpened his X-Acto knife, busted out his tweezers, and got to work.

The seats alone took an entire summer to craft — 20 minutes for an economy seat, four to six hours for business class, and eight hours for first class, Wired notes. The engine took a month to design and another four to assemble. It was so time consuming that he eventually dropped out of college to focus fully on the project.

The time-lapse video above shows just how much work went into every tiny detail. Check out Iaconi-Stewart’s Flickr album to see close-up photos of everything from the overhead bins to the cockpit.

23 comments
RoUso
RoUso

I can build a paper airplane too.  I can fold it in 30 seconds and it can fly from a 50 storied building.

MatthewKelly
MatthewKelly

"It was so time consuming that he eventually dropped out of college to focus fully on the project."

I believe this is incorrect. According to what appears to be Luca on the original Wired article, he has this to say:

"Just to clear a few things up, as they seem to have gotten lost in translation:
1. I started this project over 5 years ago. I by no means have spent 5 years on it. I do other things with my time too (including working).
2. I did not leave college to work on this project. I left for other reasons, and since leaving have resumed work on this, though again not nearly 24/7.
3. Yes, this is a crazy project (even I can admit that), but I feel lucky and very grateful that I've been afforded the opportunity to work on it.
4. Do not underestimate the complexity of a project like this. I never could have expected the amount of work that I'd end up putting in. Keep in mind that there are no engineering drawings publicly available, so I've had to design everything myself, which is tremendously difficult if you're trying to do it with any semblance of accuracy.
5. I am *not* planning on diving into another larger model. I'd love to, in theory, but there are more important things on my plate in the short term. It's more of a far-off dream/goal."

(http://www.wired.com/design/2014/01/obsessed/#comment-1207571890)

straydog
straydog

Absolutely amazing model and attention to detail but... " dropped out of college to focus fully on the project"? How could he have possibly thought that, that was a good idea?


And as impressive as the model is, I'm not entirely confident "Built Intricate Paper Model Airplane" on a resume is going to be as valuable as the college education/degree he gave up to build it.

philro
philro

One day I hope we'll be able to walk into a hobby shop and buy a model like this one made from thin sliced Foam which could be flown as a walkalong glider.

RicardoRdp
RicardoRdp

I would love to invite him to a certain dinner I have with some friends...

s.bard
s.bard

Thanks for wasting 7:51 of my time.

jhopkin3
jhopkin3

they actually pay MORE than minimum wage for each successful landing--which, as we all know, is any landing that you can walk away from...

DonDolla
DonDolla

Air India? Do they pay minimum wage? Or do they say they will pay minimum wage and actually pay 3 dollars an hr?

FreddyBastiat
FreddyBastiat

"It’s insanely precise and almost as complicated as the real aircraft."  Most exaggerated statement I have read in a while.



cadeamon
cadeamon

This vid was a Really Crappy representation of what he did,  just google his name and check out the inside... thats where the awesomeness is....still not worth his education.

davidlatall
davidlatall

yes, but will it (eventually, with wings) fly?


zerkywerky
zerkywerky

It's not a plane without wings!  Its just a fuselage!  I feel mislead.  Although very crafty and nicely done, I was disappointed to see the end product with no wings, no engines and no paint job.

santiagodraco
santiagodraco

As far as "models" go this is great.  Wonderful craftsmanship.


As far as "paper airplanes" go this isn't one.   Just another example of drawing people to stories by an intentionally misleading title.

StuffMoore
StuffMoore

The dedication is over the top, I hope it was worth quitting college for...

UziPeretz
UziPeretz

what is this - a plane for ants?
how can we expect people to travel if they can't even fit in the plane.
it has to be at least 3x as big

DonDolla
DonDolla

With enough energy anything can fly.

FreddyBastiat
FreddyBastiat

@Chiuy @FreddyBastiat No argument here.  But it is not even remotely as complicated as an actual aircraft that takes thousands of people / companies to build.