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Making Paper Planes

Making Paper Planes Book Review

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review June 2006 Title Making Paper Planes
Author Alex Schultz Publisher Barnes & Noble Publishing
ISBN 0-7607-7958-9 MSRP (USD) $9.95

Review

Are you a aircraft modeler? Would you like to have a little fun? If the answer to these two questions is yes then this book is for you.

This new book is about how to make and fly several types of paper airplanes. The book is hard cover and spiral ring bound. It is 72 pages long.

The author, Alex Schultz, is a physics student at Cambridge University, England. He investigates drag and fluid flow as it affects real aircraft by designing and flying these paper planes.

The contents page of the book lists:

Introduction Types of paper planes Why planes fly Getting started

GLIDERS

  • Classic dart
  • Stealth bomber
  • Rapier
  • Vulcan bomber
  • Swallow

FIGHTERS

  • F-14 Tomcat
  • Draken
  • Draken with afterburner
  • F-106 Delta Dart

WEIRD AND WONDERFUL

  • Origami plane
  • Miter
  • U-2 spy plane
  • Helicopter
  • Sabertooth

COMPETITION FLYING 47 RULES AND RECORDS 48 PATERNED PLANES TO MAKE 49-72

The pages in the front of the book show how to fold the removable pages at the end of the book into the various aircraft types that they are. These pages are in full color, with what you could call some whimsical paint schemes and are printed on both sides. There are 24 different paper planes to make. In addition to these, in a pocket attached to the inside of the back cover of the book, there are 2 die-cut styrofoam gliders aircrafts and a plastic propeller in a cello envelope. One of these styrofoam gliders is a Me-109 in full color with pretty correct markings. The second one is a P-40 with the Flying Tiger scheme.

The book talks about competitions that are actually held with paper airplanes. There is even mention of the people that made it into the Guinness World Record book for achieving the longest flight or the most time aloft.

Most of us have, at one time, folded paper and made a simple paper dart shaped plane, but this book introduces us to paper planes that offer a squadron of unusual configured aircraft at your fingertips to make and fly. These range from stylish gliders and dynamic fighter to weird and odd designs. These are planes that are sure to inspire, excite and entertain us.

So, have some fun and get this book. It is sure to bring back some childhood memories to old geezers like me. At least you don’t have to worry about filling seams, adding PE and gluing your fingers together with CA, or having to fire up the airbrush.

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