Making Paper Warplanes, by David Hawcock

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So, this is where it all started for myself and Dr Tetrode:

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First published 30 years ago, Dr Tetrode picked it up a bookstore when our family was out and about. I quickly snatched it up and started hand tracing the designs. Most never got done... A handful like F-111 got built and even painted. I remember using Elmers glue and manila office file folders to make those, and quite a few messes... These would get me though many times between plastic model kits I'd get on Christmas or my birthday....

...Now that I've re-discovered this on my bookshelf, I might have to build and paint a few with the new knowledge I have obtained over the last two and a half decades...

...that and if Dr. Tetrode asks for it back, I'll have to copy some patterns out to build before sending it back! Wouldn't be the first book we shared so much we forgot who's it was originally!

I'll have to keep an eye out for Mr. Hawcock's other work (if any). This is a gem of pre-Internet papercraft crossing the pond and hitting the American bookshelves.
 

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WOW! :cool:

This is a piece of history! I agree, don't cut the book apart! You would regret it!

Your intention is intreaguing, updating old designs to bring them to the new millennium. Let me guess: Every model was hand-drawn without the aid of 3D modeling programs?
 

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WOW! :cool:

This is a piece of history! I agree, don't cut the book apart! You would regret it!

Your intention is intreaguing, updating old designs to bring them to the new millennium. Let me guess: Every model was hand-drawn without the aid of 3D modeling programs?
I believe these were designed by hand the old fashioned way. Copyright is 1989... So, if any CAD was used, it was pretty early era stuff. All the designs are nicely laid out to layout out on the good ol' library photocopier machine and scale up and down (they have a grid on each page). I found my old scribbles from when I attempted to lay them out by measuring the parts and drawing them by hand myself on my own paper when I was about 13 or so (and learned drafting for the first time).
 

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Copyright is up on those books, if the standard 25 yers applies. Besides, scanning the book you own, for your pleasure isn't for profit, it's to preserve the book. I'd scan it. ;)
 
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Copyright is up on those books, if the standard 25 yers applies. Besides, scanning the book you own, for your pleasure isn't for profit, it's to preserve the book. I'd scan it. ;)
Yeah, I have no intention of posting anything from it other than builds. I'm certain they guy, or his estate, still maintains the copyright given that the company still is producing work in the form of pop-up books and cards. Besides, used copies are pennies on the dollar on Amazon!