Author(s): Andrew Dewar; Kostya Vints (Illustrator)
Become a true aviator by making your very own paper airplanes based on world record-holding designs
Paper airplane expert Andrew Dewar presents this new collection of 16 original high-performance paper airplane. These model planes are incredibly easy to fold, and designed to push the envelope in terms of time aloft and distance thrown--based on principles exploited by record-breaking paper airplane experts such as Ken Blackburn, Michael Collins and Takuo Toda.
The book opens with the history of paper airplane record-setters, followed by a fascinating introduction to flight and aerodynamics for kids. By learning about the engineering properties that affect the duration and distance of their flights, they'll have fun coaxing better and better performances out of these optimized designs. The sky is the limit once they understand how planes actually work
Some of the high-tech projects include:
Each paper plane has simple folding instructions and corresponding custom folding papers with folding lines printed right on the sheets. Each plane can be folded up in just a few moments, so kids can start shattering records of their own right away
This paper airplanes kit includes:
Andrew Dewar was born in Toronto, Ontario, and graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (B.A. Journalism) and University of Toronto (M.A. Japanese Studies, Library and Information Science) before moving to Japan in 1988. After completing his doctoral studies in library science at Keio University, he joined the faculty of a junior college in Japan. Soon after arriving in Japan he rediscovered his childhood love of designing and flying paper airplanes. His passion for paper airplanes led him to become president of the Fukushima Paper Airplane Club. Dewar has published over 30 paper crafting books and kits. He also teaches paper airplane workshops and does seminars at schools, libraries, community centers and museums. He lived and taught library science in Fukushima, Japan, until the giant earthquake and nuclear accident in March 2011, when the city became unsafe. After a brief stay in Canada, he's returned with his family to Gifu, Japan. Kostya Vints was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. In 1995 He received his Master degree in Product Design at Belorussian Polytechnic Academy (Minsk, Belarus). After moving to Los Angeles in 1997 he continued to pursue his career as a graphic artist and in 2002 Kostya graduated from Westwood College of Technology with an Associate degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia. He has been creating digital art for over 13 years. Kostya has produced illustrations and conceptual art for a diverse array of companies and publications worldwide.