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|Book Name: Sixteen Flying Machines, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci
Date Reviewed: 14 June 2007
Year of original book/Year of my copy - 1990/1995
Pages - 34 pages
Cover Price - $5.50
Number of Planes - 4 Planes
Names of Planes - No named planes
Level of difficulty - 4 out of 10
This is a good concept, executed very well, but it falls short of expectations. Let's take
my complaints with this one by one.
Sixteen Flying Machines - While there are indeed 16 paper airplanes in the kit, there are
only 4 designs, so you are in fact building the same planes 4 times.
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci - I don't recognize any of these planes in da Vinci's
drawings, but perhaps I just haven't seen them there.
Little Text - Very little background is given on Leonardo, and most of that is on the
envelope that holds the sheets of paper. Of the 34 pages in this, 32 pages are the sheets
of paper for the paper airplanes.
That being said, I still like this concept, and this book/let was done very well. The paper
for the paper airplanes is top quality and the design of them really make them look like
they could have been torn out of da Vinci's notebooks. The 4 designs are decent and fly
very well, and the instructions are complete and very well done. There are even directions
on how to make a paper airplane mobile included. I would still purchase this, but I think it
is overpriced for what you get in it.
To improve this, I think that a couple pages on da Vinci's life and times are in order, and
at least 4 more airplane designs. Hopefully, more accurately based on his designs.
Total Score: 4 out of 10.
|Front of Envelope
|Back of Envelope
|Check out the planes I made using the instructions in the book!
No named planes in book!
All the planes were made with
paper included in kit. There
were 4 copies of each plane,
colored on both sides.
This was actually quite nice to
have hanging in The Museum
for a couple days. It took up
too much room for me to
leave up, but with proper
placement could be very
decorative in another room.
Here is another view of the
mobile, it is kinda difficult to
capture it on a camera!.
|I have not been able to locate this book for sale in the internet anywhere.
I purchased mine on ebay.
I have written the editors, and asked them if they still sell this.
I will let you know what I find out!
If I can, I will make this either available online for free,
or an inexpensive copy to be purchased.
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