How to Make Origami Airplanes That Fly

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Courier Corporation, Nov 23, 1992 - Crafts & Hobbies - 91 pages

Pure origami is an ancient and elegant art, whereas making paper airplanes is often considered a relatively modern recreation. Origami focuses on beauty, while the performance of a paper airplane is usually its most important attribute. This clearly written, carefully illustrated how-to book combines the two activities to produce an up-to-date innovation: artfully constructed origami airplanes that actually fly.
The author first shows you how to construct the Jet Tail, an important basic feature that is needed for many of the more difficult models diagrammed later. This is followed by detailed, step-by-step directions and diagrams for creating each of 12 different models: space shuttle, futuristic shuttle, flying wing, delta wing-jet, fighter plane, interceptor, double tail fighter, dart plane, fighter plane with engines, futuristic fighter, and two different jets.
The projects progress in level of difficulty; as you master the simpler models you will be developing the skills you need to assemble the more complicated craft. The book also includes valuable suggestions about types of paper to use, useful hints that help ensure success, and solutions to common problems paperfolders may encounter.

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The origami presented in this book is challenging, even for those familiar with the art. Many of the steps are misleading or even missing, oftentimes requiring patience to decipher the details. The end products, however, tend to be worth it. There is a great attention to detail and explanations on troubleshooting common flight problems. Although many of my attempts fly only precariously, I still have much to learn and fine tune. With practice comes perfection, it seems.
I can only recommend this book to those who have a pretty high skill level, or saint-like composure (several times I tore apart the rejects with my teeth in frustration - it felt more visceral and satisfying that way). Good luck!

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I've had this book for many years.
All of the planes look amazing if you can manage to build them.
Most likely beginners won't get past the first 4.
The designs may be excellent but some of the
instructions are very confusing to execute when building the real models.
For example, the Jet Tail assembly that is crucial to the sucess of several aircraft is a puzzle that I have still yet to understand.
That said, I recommend it for experienced origami enthusiasts and those with enough patience.
When push comes to shove, some of the models involving the confusing jet tail can be improvised somewhat.
Overall: An excellent book, but confusing instructions make for a rewarding, if sometimes frustrating experience.

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