Over the last decade, designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been building an incredibly detailed model of a Boeing 777, right down to the tiny seats and moving landing gear, using only paper folders and glue.
Luca Iaconi-Stewart says he’s “a crazy guy who loves aviation.” That might be an understatement. The 25-year-old spent the last nine years in his parents’ house building an exquisitely precise replica of an Air India Boeing 777 jet made entirely from cut-up paper folders.
The plane is complete down to details like bolts, hydraulic pipes and hinges. It has amenities like seatback entertainment systems, food carts and also the hidden crew “rest module” that most passengers, even those in first class, never get to see. “I like the way the planes look and I love the engines,” Iaconi-Stewart says.
The Air India 777 uses the most powerful jet engines ever built, the GE90-115B. The engine, designed by GE Aviation, is also the first jet engine to use fan blades made from a special carbon-fiber composite.
The light material allowed engineers to expand the engine’s diameter to 134 inches and give it more oomph. “The blades are just beautiful,” Iaconi-Stewart says. “I studied them at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where they are part of the design collection.”
Text source: GE