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《艺术 | 纸飞机的造诣》
Paper planes usually take about a minute to make, but one artist spent a whopping 9 years working on one, and he’s not even done yet. But, then again, this isn’t your usual paper plane, but a perfect 1:60 scale replica of an Air India Boeing 777.
创作者是来自旧金山的25岁设计师，Luca Iaconi-Stewart，他常自嘲称“热爱航空的疯子”。人们觉得这只是在说笑，直到听说他九年时间里，待在父母家花费1万多个小时来制作纸质航模，原本持怀疑态度的人，或许也不得不认同这一称呼了。不过一旦你亲眼见证他了的作品，你会立刻对如此精致的细节而钦佩不已。Luca一直痴迷于航天飞机，2008年的某天，不经意间看到了印度航空公司的波音777，为此便着手他那宏伟的纸飞机项目。“该飞机不论从大小和比例都适中，”他向采访他的GE Reports解释道：“不过当时没有任何工程绘图类的素材参考。”幸运的是，当今的数字时代，你可以在网上找到几乎所有的东西。所以，通过网络，他开始找寻有关该飞机的各种图片和平面图纸。
25-year-old Luca Iaconi-Stewart, a young designer from San Francisco, describes himself as a “crazy guy who loves aviation” and, after hearing that he spent over 10,000 hours, for a period of nine years, working on a paper airplane in his parents’ home, some people might be inclined to agree with him. But as soon you witness the level of detail he has been able to achieve using only cut-out paper folders, you are overwhelmed by a feeling of awe. Iaconi-Stewart had always been fascinated by airplanes, but his epic project began in 2008 when he saw a photo of the Air India Boeing 777 on the internet. “The proportions were just so nice,” he recently told GE Reports. “But there were no engineering drawings available”. Luckily, we live in a time where you can find virtually anything online, so he started looking for photos and plans for the airplane.
“Luckily, these days there’s a wealth of photos and videos online that don’t really leave any detail to the imagination,” Luca said. “Over the years I’ve amassed a collection of hundreds of images that I’ve used to draw up my own plans. I also got hold of the training manual for the 777-200ER that someone randomly posted online, and that’s been immensely helpful for sections like the wings, which I’m currently designing.”
Once he got all the materials he needed, the young San Francisco-based designer started working on a series of computer drawings, printed them on manila folders, cut them out with an X-Acto knife, grabbed them with tweezers, and glued them together to create all the necessary components. It sounds easy enough, but getting every little detail right, from the bolts and hinges to the complicated GE90-115B engines and hydraulic pipes, and making sure everything worked the same as on the real airplane, was a titanic undertaking.
Back in 2014, when Luca Iaconi-Stewart’s incredibly detailed paper plan first made headlines, he revealed that he devoted an entire summer just to completing construction of the passenger seats(20 minutes for an economy seat, four to six hours for business class, and eight hours for first class), and even dropped out college to dedicate more time to his project.
But after 9 years, “the coolest paper airplane ever” is still a work in progress. Iaconi-Stewart told GE that he has been working on another project this past year, and he’s only now getting into building the wings of his paper 777-200ER, the last major components of the replica.
不过从现在的完成度来看，即使还在建造中， Luca的纸质模型已经是相当的震撼了，尤其是那复杂的飞机引擎让人印象深刻。“这款参照的是GE90引擎，其仿真程度相当高，”波音777的机长Richard Sowden向GE Reports透露道：“能跟随建造者，凭借纸张一步步的拼凑出如此完美、细节丰富的引擎实在是太让人称奇了。”
But even in its current state, Iaconi-Stewart’s model is a wonder to behold, particularly the complex engines of the aircraft. “This is an amazingly accurate model of the GE90 engine,” Boeing 777 pilot Capt. Richard Sowden told GE Reports. “It’s fascinating to follow the build through the slide sequence and view the details in the engine made solely from paper.”
To keep an eye on Luca Iaconi-Stewart’s progress on his amazing paper plane, and to see more photos of it, follow his profiles on Flickr and YouTube below:
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