Monday December 19 2016 / Science & Technology - Art & Design - A Little Levity
Luca Iaconi-Stewart is the world's best paper plane maker, even though he hasn't yet completed one plane and even that won't fly!
24-year-old Luca Iaconi-Stewart is a self-described aviation nut. In 2008 he was still in high school when Boeing launched their then-new 777 and was so impressed that he decided to make a 1/60-scale model using light card board cut from manila folders.
He had no access to engineering plans so studied photos and a maintenance manual to make plans of his own.
Iaconi-Stewart's model is of an Air India 777-300ER.
To make the project even more challenging, he decided that he wanted to make his model realistic, even in areas that were not usually seen, and to make many of the technical components including engines, doors, and landing gear functional.
Iaconi-Stewart studied YouTube videos of Boeing 777s landing and taking off to work out how the thrusters and landing gear operated.
The engines alone took him five months and he has spent two years working on the wings. The seats alone took an entire summer: 20 minutes for each economy seat, four to six hours for a business class seat and eight hours for each first class seat.
The plane is complete down to tiny details like bolts, hydraulic pipes, hinges. seatback entertainment systems, the hidden crew's “rest module” and even food carts in the galleys.
Iaconi-Stewart did take a year out of his project to work on an advert for Singapore Airlines.
All going well, he hopes to compete his Air India 777-300ER by the end of 2017.