Fabulous Paper Gliders

Fabulous Paper Gliders

by Norman Schmidt
     
 

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They'll fly through the air with the greatest of ease! Using paper and craft supplies, create 16 miniature paper aircraft--with almost every model based on an actual glider. Dozens of photos, and fun glider facts and figures! Nothing gets cut from the book--just photocopy the patterns and use them again and again. "Readers...will definitely want to see this book.

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They'll fly through the air with the greatest of ease! Using paper and craft supplies, create 16 miniature paper aircraft--with almost every model based on an actual glider. Dozens of photos, and fun glider facts and figures! Nothing gets cut from the book--just photocopy the patterns and use them again and again. "Readers...will definitely want to see this book. Besides providing patterns for 16 gliders...Schmidt...instructs readers in the basic principles of aerodynamics, and describes how to test and launch the paper gliders. Pattern pieces...and the detailed step-by-step instructions leave little room for error."--Booklist. "Serious paper airplane crafters will welcome the...gliders diagrammed here. However, the book is at least as valuable for its detailed account of the history of motorless planes from the early 19th century...to the new, high-tech PW-5 Smyk that will be used when soaring becomes an Olympic sport in 2000....Describes the use of gliders in wartime, the development of gliding as a competitive sport, and the continuing refinements in design and materials....Schmidt makes the construction as easy as possible with plenty of tips about safety and technique."--SLJ. 96 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 10.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5 UpSerious paper airplane crafters will welcome the 16 model gliders diagrammed here. However, the book is at least as valuable for its detailed account of the history of motorless planes from the early 19th-century experiments of Sir George Cayley to the new, high-tech PW-5 Smyk that will be used when soaring becomes on Olympic sport in 2000. In specific but nonmathematical terms, Schmidt explains Bernoulli's principle and other aerodynamic effects, then describes the use of gliders in wartime, the development of gliding as a competitive sport, and the continuing refinements in design and materials. The models, all but one of which are based on real gliders, are not for novices, as even the simplest has 10 pieces and the author warns that precise cutting and adjustments are required for good results. Nonetheless, Schmidt makes the construction as easy as possible with plenty of tips about safety and technique. He also instructs readers to photocopy the pages, and not cut them out. For its historical background, consider this as a companion to John Bringhurst's Planes, Jets and Helicopters (Tab Books, 1993).John Peters, New York Public Library

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ISBN-13:
9781895569216
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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