Learn how to origami paper planes from an expert! This book is filled with advice and instruction on how to fold paper to make your favorite paper planes-no cuts, paste, or tape involved! You will learn to make 28 different airplane models, including the Chuck Finn, the Arrow, the Rodney, the Flying Fox, and more. Comes with a companion DVD with video lessons on how to make each plane. Fun for all ages.
Enthralled with origami from a young age, master designer Michael LaFosse has used those skills to design and perfect paper airplanes for decades. In Planes for Brains,
LaFosse presents 28 original models that incorporate innovative functional and aesthetic details—like faceted flaps, ailerons, canards and spoilers that really work. The sense of proportion and balance, and an ingenious nose and fuselage locking system, define these signature models, which are sure to become instant classics.
In addition to teaching the skills to create the planes, this book provides expert advice on:
* How to select and prepare the best folding paper for each plane
* How to balance aesthetics, performance and fun when designing your own planes
* Helpful tips on control surfaces, and how to manipulate them for the best flights
* Tips on launching different types of planes to get the best possible glide
* A discussion of aerodynamics and how it relates to paper airplane performance
Michael G. LaFosse entered the paper airplane scene in 1984 with his self-published pamphlet, "Aero-gami: F-14 Tomcat Fighter." A biologist by training, he went on to become one of the most celebrated natural history origami artists, and has produced dozens of books, kits, and videos.
Richard L. Alexander has worked full-time with LaFosse since 2003. Alexander makes paper, teaches and designs origami, manages the photography, videography, commercial projects and Origamido Studio gallery spaces and exhibitions.
"This is a marvelous collection of designs that are fun to fold and easy to fly, clearly explained by one of the great modern masters of the origami art."—Robert J. Lang, author of Origami Design Secrets
"Fly faster and farther with some of the best-looking and most-ingenious paper airplanes ever designed! LaFosse and Alexander's unique fuselage lock is origami magic, and they are a pleasure to fold."—Jeffrey Rutzky, author of Awesome Paper Planes
"LaFosse and Alexander have built up an enviable reputation for producing top quality origami products, carefully and expertly crafted for folders of all levels. Their work is an inspiration to fellow authors like myself and Planes For Brains is no exception—page after page of exemplary origami planes, beautifully explained and illustrated."—Nick Robinson, author of Origami For Dummies
"Michael is the Wayne Gretzky of origami."—Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment and former chief evangelist of Apple
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