Wow. This whole papercraft thing is so awesome! It’s even more awesome that so many people have so much free time that they can figure out how to build, say, exact 1:1 scale models of the U.S.S. Annapolis, just using paper! And not just build it, but share it with the world! The Internet sure is neat!
With that in mind, I’ve got my very own papercraft model of a Euclidean object: the plane! You can make this in under 3.2 seconds! Of course, it’s not a real plane — those are infinite! 🙂 But it’s an awesome papercraft experiment that you can perform yourself, in between bouts of custom-modded-controller Guitar Hero and writing Creative Commons-licensed screeds about models of democratic government in this season of Battlestar Galactica!
Here’s all you’ll need to get started with this project:
- A piece of paper. (Second piece optional, in case you mess up the first piece.)
- Take the paper in both hands.
- Put it on a table.
And that’s it! A perfect papercraft model of a plane! You can even decorate your new plane by drawing on it or painting on it. Search around on Flickr and you’ll find thousands of examples of DIYers just like you who’ve decorated their papercraft planes!
Next week: simulating fractal geometry by crumpling our papercraft plane into a ball, and learning about aerodynamics by throwing it into a large circular bin!