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Fabulous Paper Gliders
     

Fabulous Paper Gliders

by Norman Schmidt
 

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"[Here are] patterns for 16 gliders. Schmidt supplies a history of glider development, 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

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"[Here are] patterns for 16 gliders. Schmidt supplies a history of glider development, 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(se)...gliders. However, the book is as valuable for its account of the history of motorless planes. Schmidt makes the construction as easy as possible with plenty of tips about safety and technique."--School Library Journal.

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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:
9781895569230
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
06/30/1999
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.26(d)

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