Michael LaFosse's Origami Airplanes

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SKU:
9784805313602
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
ISBN:
9784805313602
Format:
Paperback
Date Published:
03/29/2016
Illustrations:
includes DVD; 28 projects; color photos; b&w illus and color diagrams
Number of Pages:
96
Trim Size:
8 1/2 X 11

Make the best paper airplanes around with this easy-to-follow origami book.

Enthralled with origami from a young age, world renowned origami and paper crafter Michael LaFosse has used those skills to design and perfect paper airplanes for decades. In Michael Lafosse's Origami Airplanes, LaFosse presents 28 original paper origami 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 instant classics. Readers accustomed to folding simple darts and wings will bet thrilled and challenged by the folding maneuvers in these pages.

Michael Lafosse's Origami Airplanes comes with great value—included are:
  • 28 fun-to-do projects
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Expert tips on techniques and folds
  • Easy-to-follow DVD video tutorial
Great for paper airplane enthusiasts as well as fans of unique origami works and parents with kids. Scissors, tape, glue are not required! In addition to teaching the skills to create the planes, this unique paper craft 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.
Paper airplane models include:
  • Lock Nose Dart
  • Flying Fox
  • Shuttle Dart
  • F-102 Delta Jet
  • Nifty Fifty
  • And many more…


About the Author:
Michael G. LaFosse decided he would be an origami artist in 1971, after reading (and re-reading) a Readers' Digest article by Leland Stowe, about the amazing folded art of Japanese Master Akira Yoshizawa. Michael's uncle Norman had folded paper airplanes with him when Michael was a toddler, and his dad, Jerry LaFosse, was a photographer in the US Air Force. LaFosse burst onto 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, making his own handmade papers and creating hundreds of designs now seen in exceptional exhibitions, and published in dozens of books, kits, and videos.

Richard L. Alexander was caught up in the ultralight aviation craze in the mid 1980s, and built a fiberglass / foam / graphite / Kevlar composite, retractable gear, amphibious, canard airplane from a kit (the XTC Hydrolight, designed by Dan Diehl, of Jenks, OK). He met LaFosse in 1988, and together they have produced exhibitions and publications about paper art and origami. Alexander has worked with LaFosse full time since 2003, and since then has made all of the Origamido handmade paper. Alexander also teaches and designs origami, while being responsible for photography, videography, commercial projects and managing the Origamido Studio gallery spaces and exhibitions.