Airplanes, world's far-reaching transport machines. They are a complicated, complex, delicate piece of machinery that are beautiful to behold. And some of them can be really big with major players in the industry being Airbus and Boeing.
Take the Boeing-777 for example, which can come in a long range 300 ER model with speeds of up to 965 km/hr. Now imagine someone trying to construct it at a scale 1/60th of its actual size complete with all its features and parts, wing flaps, engine reverse thrusters, landing gears, all of that good stuff. But in this case with just a single material, Manila Papers. And of course some glue. Well this is exactly what one man, Luca Iaconi-Stewart has being doing continuously for over 10 years.
In his own words, "It even blows my own mind, I don't know how I've done a lot of it." And to his credit, the work has incredible level of details like hair-thin strands of paper that make up hydraulic lines on landing gear and the 300 plus seats, each about the size of a gum drop that he has laid down in the cabin.
Even though those parts don't recline like in the actual real life plane, they are still some other fascinating things like moving cabin doors, the retractable landing gear, complete with suspension, and wing flaps.
Interestingly, all this started as a school project, but now it has turned into a massively followed phenomenon on YouTube. And it seems that it might continue like that for some time as according to Laconi-Stewart.
"I really enjoy the sense of calm and mediation that it brings when I really get into the building process. It's really exhilaratingwhen you get to the end and you see a component coming to life."