This is a little long but lots of interesting observations and statements.
I’ve been looking at paper airplanes lately. Here’s one that appeals to me. It’ made from standard paper. Interestingly he tightens the folds using a vise.
I’ve always stayed away from tight folding thinking that it would weaken the paper. Look like the plane flies pretty well. I’ll have to give this a try.
A friend of mine showed me an origami bird the other day. For some reason I was really amazed by it. I’m not planning on taking up origami as a hobby but I was really interested in this bird.
I managed to borrow it so I could figure out how to make them.
The closest I’ve found so far are these videos:
As many of you may know the Squirrel model airplane project has been a great success but it’s still a model airplane which requires some skill. It has made model planes accessible to an even wider audience than with traditional model planes.
I am working on a project to start children even earlier with simple aviation.
Meet Circle Plane! I’ve been making this as long as I can remember and recently I am refining it for younger children.
Here is a glimpse of V1. You can download it at Circle Plane.
As you can see it’s a printable design. There is the Outer Message, Inner message and Secret message area. The planes can be pre-printed, printed for colouring/marking or printed as blanks for children to be creative (children as old as decades).
They are great flyers and I will be publishing some video on how to make the three folds (numbered 1-3 in the printed version). If I have not made a video by Wednesday, then I will attempt t make on at Ottawa Modlab this Wednesday.
Here’s a “beginner flying session” at the office today (Dec 20).