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Title:
Origami paper airplanes
Author:
Boursin, Didier.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Toronto : Firefly Books, 2001.

©2000
Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781552096260

9781552096161
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Origami is an ancient art, yet modern paper folders can still invent fascinating new folds. Origami Paper Airplanes is filled with new and outstanding folds that will delight, amuse, and inspire paper folders of all ages. They offer a wide variety of designs that are rated according to skill level. Everyone, from beginners to experienced folders, will find something here to delight the hand and eye.

Each book opens with four pages of instructions in basic folding techniques, the symbols used in the book and a discussion of the various papers you work with. Then come the specific folds - Origami Paper Airplanes offers 28 different designs of aircraft that include traditional planes, new creations, and other flying objects such as windmills and frisbees. Extremely detailed technical drawings, in color, accompany the reader every step of the way from the very first crease through to the remarkable finished creation.

With their elegant and fascinating folds, these are among the most innovative origami books available. They are suited for folders of all ages and skill levels. Thoroughly tested and carefully designed instructions make it possible for anyone to achieve results on the first try.


Author Notes

Didier Boursin is a world-renowned origami expert and author who lives in Paris. Among his books are Origami Paper Animals and Advanced Origami: More than 60 Fascinating and Challenging Projects for the Serious Folder .


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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-up. Joining the recent surge in origami books, these three titles offer craft ideas for the dexterous artist. Nguyen's title gives the most complete advice for beginners, with an introduction that takes them step-by-step through the basic folds. Subsequent projects, displayed in colorful, easily followed spreads, are relatively advanced, and they are not rated according to difficulty. Experienced and talented artists will appreciate Nguyen's suggestion to add painted details and create a "fantasy" environment for the pieces. Boursin, author of the adult title Advanced Origami (2000), offers some beginning information before delving into neatly outlined projects featuring airplanes or animals that are clearly labeled for difficulty. With their range of project subjects and complexities, all three titles offer plenty of material for origami enthusiasts. --Gillian Engberg


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-In each of these titles, Boursin, a paper artist, offers more than two dozen models, rather arbitrarily rated for difficulty. With few exceptions, the constructions in Airplanes are all either original or variations on modern designs: winged fliers; display models; and flying objects, such as an eight-piece Frisbee. Instructions for creating a mix of birds, fish, mammals, and insects can be found in Animals. Both books open with instructions for several "base" folds; Boursin uses standard origami notation in his clearly drawn step diagrams, and also provides handsome color photographs of the intended results. Airplanes will please origami novices and veterans alike. Animals is likely to be less successful-not only because some models require delicate scissors work, but also because the dove looks as predatory as the eagle; the hen, the giraffe, and the sheep will require distinctively patterned paper for identifiable results; and, in general, Boursin's animals are so stylized as to be unrecognizable. Furthermore, even some designs rated "beginner" use challenging reverse folds or crimps. While Airplanes will fly out of any library, consider Animals only for deeper subject collections.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Excerpted from the Introduction: To All the Children of Icarus The pilot and his crew are happy to welcome you on board this book dedicated to air and space. Our company owns a fleet consisting of 26 airplanes (gliders, delta wings) and flying objects (propeller, frisbee) ready to travel over the earth with you. We serve four destinations: traditional folds, new creations, flying objects, and collectibles. We will carry out the usual last-minute inspections before takeoff: adjustment of the wings and fitting of the ailerons and stabilizers. All the flight instructions are outlined at the beginning of the book (pages 4 to 9) in order that your time on board be as comfortable as possible. We will fly at a reasonable altitude without touching the "ceiling." We will reach our cruising speed after several hours of practice, seated comfortably in our armchairs. We hope that you will have a pleasant and relaxing time in our company and we with you a "bon voyage." Excerpted from Origami Paper Airplanes by Didier Boursin All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Folds and Symbols
Traditional
Delta wing *
Schoolboy *
Overflight *
Duck Plane *
Dart *
Glider *
New Creations
Ready to Land *
Windblown *
Uranus Arc II *
Nonstop *
Ready for Takeoff *
Looping **
Gliding Flight **
Imaginary Voyage **
Stealth ***
Windflight *
Flying Objects
Tube and Paper Twirler *
Rotor *
Propeller **
Frisbee **
Silent Spinner **
Windmill **
Chopper *
Flying Objects
Tube and Paper Twirler *
Rotor *
Propeller **
Frisbee **
Silent Spinner **
Windmill **
Chopper *
Collectibles
Connecting Flight **
Squadron **
Sound Barrier **
Designs
LEGEND: * Beginner
** Intermediate
*** Advanced