Michael LaFosse's Origami Airplanes (9784805313602)

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Tuttle Publishing
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28 projects; color photos; b&w illus and color diagrams
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Trim Size:
8 1/2 X 11

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**2017 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award Winner**

Make the best paper airplanes around with this easy-to-follow origami book. No scissors, tape or glue required!

Enthralled with origami from a young age, world-renowned origami and paper crafter Michael LaFosse has used those skills to design and perfect paper planes 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 be thrilled and challenged by the folding maneuvers in these pages.

Michael LaFosse's Origami Airplanes comes with great value—included are:
  • 28 fun and challenging projects
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Expert tips on techniques and folds
  • Easy-to-follow video tutorials
  • Videos are also streamable or downloadable online

Great for paper airplane enthusiasts, fans of unique origami works, and parents with kids. 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:
  • The classic Lock Nose Dart
  • The stealthy Flying Fox
  • The innovative Art Deco Wing
  • The speedy F-102 Delta Jet
  • And many more…

All media content is alternatively accessible on the Tuttle Publishing website.

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.