If nothing else, this amazingly detailed Boeing 777-300ER replica shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, or in this case, manila folders. Aviation fanatic and model maker Luca Iaconi-Stewart, used miniature knifes, common watch-making tools, axles, clamps, tie rods, brackets and even pneumatic hoses to create the 2,000-part model you see above. He managed to acquire the schematic designs of an Air India 777-3000ER and started work on the 5-foot-long 1:60 scale model. First, designs were drawn up in Adobe Illustrator and then printed directly onto the manila folders. The mesh behind the engine was latticed manually out of hundreds of strands. The assembly process took approximately 200-hours. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“The replica is not just life-like as a static object. Its tires actually swing and steer. Landing gear actually collapses and folds up. The flaps move. Every detail of the model was built to work. The structure can support several times the weight of the finished jet. Luka is expecting to be able to finish the entire object later this year. He is currently working on painting the fuselage,” says Inhabitat.