I like to joke with people that I have made a paper airplane.
When you think of a paper airplane, you probably think of something like this.
But for one designer, a paper airplane is something completely different
and a lot more detailed.
And of course there are people, I am sure, think I am totally crazy
and when I actually show them photos,
they often are pretty shocked,
and they probably think I’m crazy in a different way.
which you know might be valid.
For nearly a decade, on and off again,
Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been painstakingly designing and building
this 1/60 scale model of a Boeing 777.
It’s a project that’s really hard to explain in words,
and so I often avoid doing that.
I just kind of skip to pictures
because that’s really the only way you can convey this sense of detail,
and just the kind of insanity of it all.
It even blows my own mind.
I don’t really know how I’ve done a lot of it.
This is no off-the-shelf model.
He uses a bare minimum of tools and materials.
比如牛皮纸夹 胶水 美术刀 直尺
It’s you know manila folder, glue, X-Acto blades, straight edges.
It’s a pretty simple set of materials that I use.
And it’s all about using those to make all different kinds of things.
And that’s kind of the challenge and the fun in it.
I have cut myself doing this project,
definitely sliced the very tip of my finger off,
just the skin.
It all began as a school assignment.
It started on a much small scale in terms of the detail.
There are still parts of it that are original,
but I increased the complexity over time.
I just found my skills increasing and so I wanted to add more detail.
And I’ve torn it apart many times to add more stuff
to make it more accurate.
So detailed, that there are tiny lamps made of strands of paper above the first-class seats,
and moving wing flaps, engine parts,
and landing gear that actually retract.
Created both sides here and I mounted them in this little test jig
that replicates the main structure of the elements that they are connected to.
So, this would be like the cabin floor would be this way,
and the wings would be kind of this way.
They have all the kind of steering functions,
so it was actually kind of shocked that it all worked out,
given how small the scale is.
Yeah, this is completely made out of paper.
The tires are completely solid core inside
so they can actually support a fair amount of weight.
This is the nose landing gear which is a lot less complex,
but even at the time that was another piece that was kind of
like “wow, you know I can’t believe this”.
This has worked out as well, so it just kind of retract like that.
It’s a pretty simple concept,
but getting it into work in paper can be a challenge.
There are two types of manila folder I use.
There’s a thinner kind
that’s like the regular folder you might encounter in the wild,
and then there’s a thicker kind.
And there is more of a divider
though I use those for structural elements like in the wings
that need to be much more kind of load-bearing,
Making these parts can take weeks or even months,
卢卡会先设计这些部件 把它打印出来 用手工切下
Luca designs the pieces, prints them, cuts them out by hand,
and then painstakingly glues them together.
There is a fair amount of concentration that
that I have to have when I’m putting this stuff together,
but once I kind of get the hang of it I know what I’m doing.
This is very much a unique project
in that I’ve had to research everything and drop my own plans
and that’s what I think a lot of people don’t realize.
They think I’m either working off a kit which is understandable
but that’s really not the case and
I’ve had to come up with all of my own plans.
And obviously even if you had a kit
it wouldn’t really translate or lend itself to this type of material.
You know I have to translate what they make into something that I can build
and that will work in paper
and there’s a huge difference in how
you know something will look the same on my model,
but the way it actually works is completely different
because I’m taking into account how paper responds.
Not having plans means that
sometimes hundreds of hours of work end up scrapped.
因此 这个 我喜欢开玩笑地称这是空难
So, this, I like to jokingly call the plane-crash,
because you know it’s like
so these are all sections that I’ve kind of ripped out over the years
you can see this is like the cabin side wall,
kind of looks like again like what you might see in a plane-crash
just totally shredded parts of the fuselage
So, why would anyone spend this kind of time
on a project like this?
I’ve mainly done this project because
I really enjoy the sense of calm and meditation,
that it brings when I really get into the building process.
最令人满意的是 当你看着图片 了解真正的飞机
The most satisfying thing is to look at pictures and know the actual plane
and transform that into your own plans
and then see it actually come together in paper,
that’s probably the most rewarding feeling
and it’s kind of exhilarating when you get to the end
and you really see a component coming to life,
it’s like a really exciting sense of achievement
and so that’s kind of what keeps me going.
Sections of the cabin actually open up to reveal the interior,
so that’s first and business class,
and this is business and economy.
I haven’t been able to fully replicate all the detail
or rather haven’t wanted to.
The overhead bins don’t open,
the seats don’t actually recline.
I think people often think they do but they don’t, unfortunately.
媒体争相采访 卢卡的 YouTube 频道也大受欢迎
Thanks to some press and Luca’s popular YouTube channel,
The plane model has taken him to some unexpected places,
even to the actual Boeing assembly line.
And so I actually got to see their whole production facility
and actually got really up close to these planes
and that was an amazing experience.
Their assembly line is really a feat of engineering,
obviously, it’s an sense of scales just otherworldly.
And it’s landed him paying work making this advertisement.
About two years ago, I was contacted by Singapore Airlines,
and I was lucky enough to work on a project with them,
an ad campaign for social media,
so I actually got to build this plane behind me,
the A380 (which) was their flagship.
And after thousands of hours of toiling over the paper version.
A few years ago, he finally flew on the jet his model replicates.
A Boeing 777-300ER.
I really was glad that I was finally able to
and it’s like kind of unfortunate that it took me so long,
不过 能够真正看到这架飞机 酷毙了
but it was…it was cool just to see the actual thing.
All that time looking out the window,
got him ready for the last challenge.
so, yes, the plane does not yet have wings,
and I’m kind of in the midst of designing them,
and I’ve broken them down into sections,
and I’ve been slowly creating each different subsystem if you will,
but yeah it’s a notable omission thus far
and that’s kind of the last it’s like the last thing I have to do,
which is in fact a multi-year ordeal.
I’m not sure why I’m so interested in airplanes,
when I was little it was trained,
I think it’s hard not to be amazed
by the fact that these huge pieces of metal and now plastic
can take off into the air
and that they’re so advanced and complex,
the testament to human ingenuity.