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Paper Pilot: The Paper Airplane Pilot's Manual Paperback – April 24, 2007

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"MAD kids assumes no responsibility for the detention you'll get when you start zipping these babies around in the classroom." -- Jul MAD MAGAZINE

"just plain cool" -- May FORBES LIFE

About the Author

Staff Sergeant Benjamin Haynes served in the United States Air Force for the last eight years, where he prepared for operation: Paper Pilot. Now based in Brooklyn, Haynes is an artist for éditions aero-Dynamiques. Andy Spade has been building model airplanes since he was six years old. Today he oversees his SoHo emporium of the Jack Spade line of industrial products and messenger bags for guys.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789315351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789315359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Banker on March 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Similar to books published a few years ago by Andrew Dewar, this is a book for assembling flying paper airplane models. This book includes 24 different aircraft from WW2 to the present time. A section of the book is devoted to small histories of each airplane that is modeled, with the remainder being full color punch-out pages of airplane parts. Coloring of the airplane parts is excellent, but most of the airplane schemes are dull grays or blacks.

Assembly of the planes requires forming and folding flat paper into the various curved shapes that aircraft have. Pieces need to be glued together (be careful about using too much or the paper will probably warp). Instructions for each model are a very few (sometimes only one) blow-up diagrams of the general part arrangement, with no additional text. Individual parts have basic instructions shown near the punch-out such as 'fold 180 degrees', 'right wing', 'engines X8', or 'roll, for ballast'. If the builder is patient and careful, the models will fly. Note: I said 'patient and careful', meaning this book is not the best for children... it's best for adult plane buffs.
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Top notch information graphics. A lot of complex information about the airplanes is conveyed a clear, immediate and beautiful manner. My youngest brother got his flying license when he was 16-the youngest pilot in Canada. Now, at 20 he flys private jets in Indonesia. I sent the book to him and he enjoyed it. You can see some spreads from the book at [...]
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Excellent book. The airplanes are tough but if you stick to it, it's worth it. My son is 10 and he could not put it down!
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I ordered this book for my dad thinking it was just a paper airplane book. That part of the book is spendid. Excellent detail. What surprized me is the first half. This is the best collection of stats and photos I have found in one source. I ordered three more for myself and friends.
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This is a great book because of the visual impact and the design and layout of all the sections, plus the paper and printing quality. The infographics really pull you in to tell a compelling story. I also think it's so well done I didn't even want to cut out the planes because they were displayed so beautifully. I have the other versions in this collection of books "Paper Astronaut: The Paper Spacecraft Mission Manual" and "Paper Captain: The Paper Boat Captain's Manual". I hope the author creates more of these books, maybe covering cars and buildings.
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I spend hours a day assembling different types of paper models. I have never come across a set of models with as *little* assembly information as are in this book.

The artwork on the planes is wonderful. The printing is horrid and offset to the point that the punch-out marks often leave major portions of the pieces still in the book.

Overall, I was extremely dissatisfied with the book and if I could return it for any kind of refund, I would.
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