|Book Name: Fabulous Paper Gliders
Date Reviewed: 1 May 2008
Author: Norman Schmidt
Year of original book/Year of my copy - 1998/1998
Pages - 96
Cover Price - $12.95
Number of Planes - 16 Planes
Names of Planes - The Paperwing, Glasflugel Libelle 201, Lilienthal 1895 Glider, Primary
Glider, Orlik, Grunua Baby, Waco CG-4, Colditz Cock, Schweizer SGS 1-26, Schleicher
Ka-6, Lark S.I. 28B2, Salto H 101, Solitare Canard, Genesis, PW-5 Smyk, Schemp-Hirth
Level of difficulty - 8 out of 10
Comments: I enjoy Norman's Books. He always has planes with great flying capabilities, with
heavily researched and informative text. This book is no different, and stands apart from many
paper airplane books in that it focuses on paper planes inspired from real gliders
All paper planes are essential gliders, so these seem to imitate their real cousins. Watching the
Waco plane fly makes those old WW2 black and white newsreels spring to life.
This book contains plans for 16 planes. All will require cutting with scissors, a sharp hobby
knife, 65 lb card stock or 5x8 index cards, and some form of glue. A glue stick will work just
fine. The idea is that you trace or photocopy the designs onto regular paper, then transfer them
to card stock or 5x8 index cards to cut out. DON'T CUT OUT THE DESIGNS FROM THE
BOOK! It isn't necessary. While his method works, it is cumbersome and involves alot of steps.
What I did was scan each plan, and put them into a word document. THat way, whenever I
need to make one of his planes, I print out the plane onto 65 lb cardstock, and cut it out. No
need to trace or transfer, and I can make unlimited copies. Two 5x8 plans fit on one 8x11
sheet. A bonus is that I expanded the designs, so that one plan fits onto an 8x11 sheet, and you
can see the result in the pictures of the Lilienthal Glider and the Waco Glider. It makes a nice,
larger plane, and with a little reinforcing of key areas, they fly AWESOME!
So is there anything I don't like about the book? Not much. Apart from having to scan the
planes (tedious, but a one time affair), there is nothing to not like about it. A lot of good
technical data, some personal stories and good history of the planes, it makes for a pleasent
read. Combined with great flying designs, I am pleased to award this book a score of 10 out of
10. I would recommend this book to adults, and older children (mainly because of the knife
work involved). However, the planes are a joy for children of all ages to fly, and I heartily
recommend parents making them with their young children to enjoy.
Total Score: 10 out of 10.
|Check out the planes I made using the instructions in the book!
|Glasflugel Libelle 201
|Lilienthal 1895 Glider
The blue glider is the
original size version.
The original version
is the yellow glider.
|Schweizer SGS 1-26
|Lark S.I. 28B2
|Salto H 101