Incredible Paper Flying Machines

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From dream to flight—re-enact the entire history of aviation with your own amazing paper dirigibles, hot-air balloons, bombers, rocket ships, and more! You'll learn all about the principles of flight, and the inventive men who figured them out, as you construct the most unusual fleet of flying machines ever. All appear in magnificent exploded diagrams and with cut-out photography to make construction easy. The best place to start is with the ornithopter, imagined by Leonardo da Vinci in the 1400s. This ...
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Overview

From dream to flight—re-enact the entire history of aviation with your own amazing paper dirigibles, hot-air balloons, bombers, rocket ships, and more! You'll learn all about the principles of flight, and the inventive men who figured them out, as you construct the most unusual fleet of flying machines ever. All appear in magnificent exploded diagrams and with cut-out photography to make construction easy. The best place to start is with the ornithopter, imagined by Leonardo da Vinci in the 1400s. This cool-looking model won't actually take off (hang it as a mobile or display it on a shelf, instead), but other replicas will, like Lindberg's famous Spirit of St. Louis (if you forego the wheels), the X-15 Spaceplane, the F4 Phantom Fighter, the Hawker Harrier, and Voyager.
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Children's Literature
This aim of this imaginative 'hands-on' book is to give kids of all ages the chance to build paper airplanes while learning about the history of aviation, the principles of flight and the inventors and engineers who figured it all out. Each is modeled after a significant aircraft in an era of development, from the fanciful (such as Leonardo da Vinci's ornithopter or Montgolfier's spectacular 1783 hot air balloon) to the more modern and practical (such as Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis or NASA's space shuttle). Not all of the models will actually fly, but all will provide the model-builder or aviation buff with a fascinating mobile or shelf display. Although complete assembly directions are given, as well as exploded diagrams with cutout photography, it should be mentioned that construction of the models requires a steady hand and some experience. If a child wishes to build the models, he or she will definitely need adult assistance. 2003, Sterling Publishing Company, Ages 10 to Adult.
— Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The author of Best Ever Paper Airplanes (Sterling, 1995) and several titles of similar ilk offers diagrams for 21 stylized but recognizable models of historical aircraft, about half of which will, at least potentially, fly. Often composed of dozens of pieces, the aircraft are not folded, but glued and laminated. Each one comes with an introductory essay; one to three pages of pattern pieces designed to be photocopied, pasted to card stock, and cut out; an "exploded view" to aid assembly; and a color photo of a neatly finished model. Readers get little help with decorating their work, and inexperienced craft-knife wielders may find Didier Boursin's Origami Paper Airplanes (Firefly, 2001) one of several safer choices. Still, this introduction to flying machines, spanning as it does nearly 500 years of history, from da Vinci's ornithopter and the Montgolfier brothers' balloon to the Goodyear blimp and the space shuttle, will give practiced young model builders plenty of challenging projects.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781895569551
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST PBK
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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