Props to Prop Planes

Props to Prop Planes

It all started with the ‘add-on’ to the Transamerica Pyramid model. On a trip home, I sketched the airplane and the way the parts of the plane might lay out on a page…

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When I got back to San Francisco, I cut out some pieces and taped them together.


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I mocked up the parts in Corel Draw, and then had a model (which still had to be taped together, since I had eyeballed all the parts). Note the wheel-style propeller (I didn’t think the paper would be stiff enough to support a ‘bladed’ propeller). Also there were way too many segments in the wing to fold. And a tiny stabilizer in the rear!


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Next version was all about getting the parts into proper proportion. The tabs are all reshaped.

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By this time I was ready to have other people try assembling it. Maike is doing a great job here! Plus, I was getting interested in how the graphic design and color scheme would shape the final assembled look.

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A printed model that’s also cut and assembled! The pieces are going together well now, but it still needs work on the tab spacing and the tab profile.

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A small ‘AHA’–the plane is mostly enclosed space, and so it has an inside and an outside. I put my colorful design on one side and left the other side minimally decorated so that you can decorate it yourself!

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There it is, start to finish.

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… with a lot of airplanes built along the way.

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