Paper Boeing 777 by Luca Iaconi-Stewart

San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart construct a 1:60 scale reproduction of Air India 777-300ER using cut paper manilla folders.

"I took an architecture class in high school and we used manila folder to make Massing Models, which are rough 3D sketches of sorts that you make when you're testing a building idea. I loved the versatility of the material. It's strong enough if engineered properly, but also malleable enough to shape into a variety of parts. I suppose the same could be said for the aluminum that they use in real life. It really comes down to the versatility and the fact that they have a good "feel." They're easy to work with, and, I suppose, somewhat unconventional for model making."

He found a detailed schematics of the Boeing 777 plane online, and recreates the digital drawings in Adobe Illustrator and then prints them onto the paper manilla folders.

“There’s something rewarding about being able to replicate a part in such an unconventional medium.”

It took him five years to finish the incredibly detailed model.

The whole process is really time-consuming. Just for a seat, he can spend 20 minutes for an economy seat, four to six hours for business class seat, and eight hours for first class. There were 303 economy seats, 35 business-class seats, and 4 first-class seats that had to be made.

Luca experienced numerous failed attempts.

"I've essentially made two planes, with many of the early attempts being discarded"

He rebuilt the tail three times.

He designed the engines in about a month and assembled them in four months. A process that needs tremendous patience and skill. But the result is totally rewarding.

"The aft cargo door attached to the hinge. The hinge mechanism allows it to pivot away from the fuselage instead of hinging on a fixed point like the forward door."

He dropped out from college and have more time to focus on his project.

"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."

You can follow the making process in both YouTube videos and hundreds of his Flickr photos. This model project is expected to be completed early this year.

All images are © Copyright of Luca Iaconi-Stewart

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Source: Wired and CNet


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