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Old 08-18-2013, 07:54 PM   #1
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Hey y'all,
Figured I'd put together some kind of build log for my 1:60 paper 77W project. The body is approaching completion, which is very exciting because it means I will soon be able to paint (with clear gloss) the fuselage. Plus, it means that the wings/MLG are the last major components I need to build! (So simple!! — just kidding)

Not sure how often I'll be updating this, but when I deem something worthy of sharing, you'll find it here first.

Currently working on the tail (the third one I've built since 2008, and by far the most precise component to date). The tolerances are quite tight, unlike the tail that preceded this one. Once I finish the skin on the tail, I'll be painting/"glossing" it with the Air India livery—stay tuned!

P.S. The rudder(s) do indeed move... and the rudder tab is linked to the main rudder so it moves in tandem

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Amazing work! Thanks for sharing and i certainly look forward to more updates!
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May I just say it is an honor and a privilege to have you on this forum...Your work is museum quality and should be acknowledged by the masses..What you do is a god given talent..thank you for sharing this incredible story....
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May I just say it is an honor and a privilege to have you on this forum...Your work is museum quality and should be acknowledged by the masses..What you do is a god given talent..thank you for sharing this incredible story....
Yeah.....What he said!!!
That is just outstanding and look forward to see this project progress.
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I am blown away. You and Brad Shin should have offspring, and/or be cloned. Amazing pics, I look forward to seeing more.
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This is absolutely amazing! well done! you have not only made everything linked and movable.... but you have also flawlessly captured the shapes and curves of the 777. i applaud you and look forward to updates!

thanks for sharing!... James
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I can't say anything that someone hasn't already said and more eloquently. But I will ask: do you take custom orders?
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Thank you all for the comments!!

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You and Brad Shin should have offspring, and/or be cloned.
I've actually been following his stuff on and off for a long time (I think even before I knew about DAC?) because of his unique use of detail with flaps and slats etc... I love what he does! Adds another dimension to the models.

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you have not only made everything linked and movable.... but you have also flawlessly captured the shapes and curves of the 777.
I don't know exactly why, but I've always been a big fan of the proportions and the lines on the 777, especially this variant. I'm hoping Boeing doesn't mess it up with the 777X!

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I can't say anything that someone hasn't already said and more eloquently. But I will ask: do you take custom orders?
Short answer: no.
Longer answer: if you had enough patience and paid me enough, maybe To make a model like this worth my time, I'd have to charge somewhere in the 6-figure range (yes, totally outrageous!). That should give you an idea how much time I've invested up to this point! Granted, it's been a real learning experience, and I know how I could be more efficient with a future model, but it still would take me a loooong time for something this detailed.

Ideally, if I don't go crazy and jump out a window before this thing is finished, I'd love to build an even larger plane out of manila/paper. Something that's 20 feet long or something! I think it would be super cool. Someone just has to give me a warehouse to work in
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Luca: I hope you do not mind my sharing your youtube vids showing even more of your mind-boggling detail work and craftmanship. I am floored.





And a few where the embed feature has been disabled:

Operation of nose landing gear:

Model 777 nose landing gear detail - YouTube

Thrust reverser operation:

Thrust Reversers - YouTube

Opening and closing a fuselage section:

Opening/closing a section of the fuselage - YouTube

Cabin furnishing timelapse:

Seat installation/cabin furnishing timelapse - YouTube
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All I can say is wow!
Fantastic effort and the manilla folder sitting on my desk is now looking very inviting to take home and get the scissors out - I could probably cut out a triangle but thats as far as I would go I reckon.

Well done.....
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Luca: I hope you do not mind my sharing your youtube vids showing even more of your mind-boggling detail work and craftmanship. I am floored.
Not at all! I probably should have posted the videos but it didn't occur to me at the time. Not sure why embedding was disabled, but I've enabled it now.

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All I can say is wow!


Well, the painting of the tail is essentially done! I still have to add a few details, as you can see, but for all intents and purposes the tail is good to go. I hope this gives an idea of what the rest of the body will look like once I get around to painting it. It's a very subtle gloss effect that (I think?) doesn't detract from the unique manila folder 'look', yet gives a hint of the livery. Here are some pictures to show my process. I can only imagine how much work painting the rest of the body will be—love the AI livery but those window borders are going to be the death of me Hey, at least I'm not trying to do the Wunala Dreaming livery, right?

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एयर इंडिया



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All done!









It's hard to get the glossiness to show, you really have to play around with the light.






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manilaplane ... your work is truly an inspiration for me (and probably many others too). It just goes to show that with tremendous determination, talent and creativity (and a LOT of patience), virtually nothing is impossible to achieve for the human mind.

I would have never suspected in a MILLION years that it would have been possible to reproduce - to such accuracy and detail - the intracacies of a Boeing 777-300ER, nor any other complex 3-dimensional object. As crownvic correctly stated, what you're building here is something that is of "museum quality", and should definitely be represented in a public setting whereby others can view and visualize the process in which these models are built.

I can envision a "museum" or display of such models made from manila folders, ranging from transportation vehicles such as airliners to automobiles, to trains and even cruise ships! The sky's literally the limit for your medium, and the beauty is that you have this medium and its unique assembly processes perfected - I mean who else can do what you do at such a level?

Lastly, the way that you incorporate the engineering/technical aspects of the technology is really mindblowing - especially using this medium. Your 777 nosegear and thrust reverser systems are literally jaw-dropping and possessors of major WOW-factor.

Keep up the FANTASTIC work there Luca - you're the Manila Master™!


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Amen to that
Really WOW!!!
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Words fail to describe the awesomeness of this stunning project
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Thump!!!


I just fell off my chair.....

Wrong forum - should be under 1:1 prototype/ real aircraft!

Seriously - that tail looks unbelievable!!!!
and that landing gear.....thats why I fell of my chair!

I'll have to watch that youtube link tonight to see how this is done!!

Gobsmacked!
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I just shed my tears!
I was overwhelmed to know that there is a human being with super magical creativity.
I had to agree with M1, that nothing is impossible for human mind...
Thanks God for creating Luca...

The rudder hinges, the nose gear details....arrgh, just shed another tears..
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Welcome to DAC! Its an honor to have you on board! Thank you for sharing your work with us! Your mighty 777 model is definitely like no other model!

I look forward to seeing your future posts!
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I'll have to watch that youtube link tonight to see how this is done!!

Gobsmacked!
You can watch that video 100 times and it's not likely you'll be able to figure out how the landing gear system works - or was constructed - truly ingenious!

And if you think THAT is mind-blowing, check out the thrust reverser system ... I was SPEECHLESS after watching that ... UN-freakin' believable!

NOSE GEAR



THRUST REVERSER


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Even though he makes it out of manila, it sure as heck ain't vanilla!

Exquisite work Luca. I would think that a highly paid career in mechanical engineering could easily be in your future.
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Even though he makes it out of manila, it sure as heck ain't vanilla!

Exquisite work Luca. I would think that a highly paid career in mechanical engineering could easily be in your future.
I think Boeing should hire him right now and work on future projects!
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Luca, You got some great tallent there. Thank you for posting and look forward to more from you on this project. How many reams of manila folders have you gone through so far?
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With amazing creativity detailed work like this, you should be working for the Smithsonian.
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WOW—Guys, thanks so much for the comments! They've brought many a smile to my face and they really mean a lot, so thank you to each and every one of you! I'm so glad there are people out there who can appreciate my insanity!

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manilaplane ... your work is truly an inspiration for me (and probably many others too). It just goes to show that with tremendous determination, talent and creativity (and a LOT of patience), virtually nothing is impossible to achieve for the human mind.

I would have never suspected in a MILLION years that it would have been possible to reproduce - to such accuracy and detail - the intracacies of a Boeing 777-300ER, nor any other complex 3-dimensional object.
Thank you! To be honest, I almost never expect things to turn out properly (sometimes they don't)! I know that probably sounds weird but a lot of the stuff I'm doing is very ambitious and—in some ways—verges on the structurally impossible and I suppose it's been with a bit of luck that I've been able to pull off the stuff you're seeing!

Also, I started this project with very different abilities and ambitions... I've refined my skills HEAVILY since starting the model—I've essentially built two planes in the past 5 years. A look at how the cabin doors have evolved illustrates this point nicely:

Original door:



New door, built several years later:



The plane in its early incarnations was just a fraction of what it is now. Practice makes perfect!

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Thump!!!

I just fell off my chair.....

Wrong forum - should be under 1:1 prototype/ real aircraft!

Seriously - that tail looks unbelievable!!!!
and that landing gear.....thats why I fell of my chair!

I'll have to watch that youtube link tonight to see how this is done!!

Gobsmacked!
Thank you! Your comment really made me laugh hehe

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I just shed my tears!
I was overwhelmed to know that there is a human being with super magical creativity.
I had to agree with M1, that nothing is impossible for human mind...
Thanks God for creating Luca...

The rudder hinges, the nose gear details....arrgh, just shed another tears..
Thank you!!!

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How many reams of manila folders have you gone through so far?
Hard to say, but somewhere well north of 100 sheets. I used to have bags of cuttings, though I've since disposed of them. I've also gone through multiple packs of Xacto blades, so probably >100 in that department too.

Cuttings (sorry about the terrible quality):



My floor, on a good day:



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This is the coolest my friend! Great work.
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This model? (more like an actual small Boeing 777-300ER) is truly incredible !!!
It is the ultimate !!!

Please continue to post photos of it.
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Where did you get the information and drawings to build this model ?

Accurate and detailed drawings of airliners (especially fuselage bulkheads) seem impossible to acquire.

I have looking for detailed structure drawings for the Boeing 747 for years without
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I just stumbled upon this thread by accident and all I can say is that your work should definitely be on display in a museum. I never knew paper could be so versatile, till it gets wet that is.

I have yet to see the videos which I'm going to do now and definitely look forward to it.



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Your skills (and patience, and imagination, and creativity...) are simply amazing.

This model should be in a museum, where the public can admire it.

Fascinating thread, and I continue to subscribe with great interest.
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This is the coolest my friend! Great work.
Thanks!!

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Where did you get the information and drawings to build this model ?

Accurate and detailed drawings of airliners (especially fuselage bulkheads) seem impossible to acquire.

I have looking for detailed structure drawings for the Boeing 747 for years without
success.
Initially I was designing everything by looking at photos, which only got me so far. I was lucky to find Air India's incredibly detailed seatmap before it got taken down from their site and replaced with a more conventional seatmap. That's part of the reason I chose to make this an AI 77W (I also love their livery). Later on, I got ahold of the 777 Training Manual (I'm sure a similar one exists for the 747), which contains very detailed descriptions of every system on the plane. Additionally, I downloaded the airport planning CAD drawings from the Boeing site, which are great for exterior dimensions and the like. Check it out: Boeing: Airport Technology
Over time, I've amassed quite a collection of photos from sites like Airliners.net and flickr! Super useful too.

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I just stumbled upon this thread by accident and all I can say is that your work should definitely be on display in a museum. I never knew paper could be so versatile, till it gets wet that is.
Thank you! Paper doesn't seem like an obvious choice but it's incredibly versatile and it can be made very strong.

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Your skills (and patience, and imagination, and creativity...) are simply amazing.
Thanks!! Very kind of you. I'd ideally love to have the model somewhere where people can see it.
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Your work is beyond words. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Many thanks for the information regarding obtaining the details and references you used in designing your B777-300ER model.

I will do some further research with regard to the B747.

P.S. Judging from the photos of your model it looks so accurate that it appears from
the actual structural engineering blueprints !!!
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What have I just seen? I just can't believe my eyes.
You are amazing Manilaplane
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I'm surprised that this has not graced the front pages of Yahoo.
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Your work is beyond words. Amazing, amazing, amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Thank you, and you are most welcome!

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P.S. Judging from the photos of your model it looks so accurate that it appears from the actual structural engineering blueprints !!!
Parts of it are very accurate, and others are more "sculptural" haha

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I'm surprised that this has not graced the front pages of Yahoo.
Maybe when I'm all done... I hope...?

A few updates: The skin on the body is essentially done, for the first time EVER, if you can believe it. I still have one more door to build, plus the cargo doors to attach, but the end is in sight (for the body). Here are a few pics of the nose to show the contours—I think I finally nailed the shape! The old nose was a bit of a mess but I'll save those pics for later.










Had to whip up this side-by-side just to satisfy my curiosity...


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REALLY exceptional.... simply AMAZING!!!!
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Amazing, not giving much away with the nose pictures? =P
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:32 PM   #40
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It would be a dream come true if one of the plastic kit manufacturers would produce a Boeing 777-300ER -even just to the accuracy of the shape of the aircraft.

If what you have created could be produced commercially it would be guaranteed to
sell,and set a standard craftmanship that is without eaqual !!!
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Of all MODERN airliners the Boeing 777-300ER is definitely my favourite !!!!

Futher back the Boeing 747,707 and 727 and the Super VC-10 are my top favourites
-especially the Boeing 747 !!!
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Had to whip up this side-by-side just to satisfy my curiosity...


Honestly, I just don't see how it is even possible to form the compound contours of the nose section as you have - or on ANY part of the fuselage for that matter!

Likewise, forming a structure from "paper" to withstand the physical demands of supporting its own weight and the stresses from gluing and so forth ... I just cannot (for the life of me) fathom how it can be done. It's one thing if the skin is unstressed and formed by a stamping process or "stretch forming" as is the case with actual aircraft skin, but paper is a non-forgiving medium which doesn't easily lend itself to such techniques. I would imagine you must have invented a proprietary technology which allows for such highly accurate shapes and contours ... particularly the nose cone ... WOW!!!

I also second (or third) the motion that this model be submitted to a quality aerospace museum - whether it be the one here in San Diego or the Smithsonian, it truly deserves such an honor - because the likes of which (in my honest opinion) have NEVER been seen before.

ManilaPlane - you truly are 'breaking new ground' here in your construction, assembly and design techniques - it's rare to see anyone pursue a passion to the level at which you're taking this "technology", and I'm sure that most everyone will agree that this ability and talent needs to be recognized and appreciated by all others with similar aviation and model-making interests.

My personal interest would be to see you further this "gift" and combined a "mixed media" approach, possibly combining other materials such as balsa wood, plastic or even actual aluminum to the mix. Not necessarily to render an exact replica of an airliner, but to add additional interest and variety to the finished product.

But who am I to talk? YOU'RE the artist - you can do whater you want!

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You, have recreated the 777 shape, particularly the nose, out of paper more accurately than any model I know of... to this I say... WELL DONE, you are better than multi million dollar companies with sophisticated computer software for 3D modelling!!!

exceptional work (understatement of the century), keep it up!
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You, have recreated the 777 shape, particularly the nose, out of paper more accurately than any model I know of... to this I say... WELL DONE, you are better than multi million dollar companies with sophisticated computer software for 3D modelling!!!

exceptional work (understatement of the century), keep it up!
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amazing work. you can make any thing you paper I'm also planning to Make a plane out of paper
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i could probably cry reading this thread
manilaplane, to me, you have achieved something that i believe most of us has dreamed of..
yes, i'm too lazy to build my own model kit, that's why i'm collecting diecast as shortcut.. but this dream never fades, and watching these marvelous pics.. i'm speechless...

your work is truly a masterpiece..
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i could probably cry reading this thread
manilaplane, to me, you have achieved something that i believe most of us has dreamed of..
yes, i'm too lazy to build my own model kit, that's why i'm collecting diecast as shortcut.. but this dream never fades, and watching these marvelous pics.. i'm speechless...

your work is truly a masterpiece..
Amen to that bro! I just keep scratchin' my head trying to figure out HOW he can produce compound curvature pieces to make up the nose cowl, and the entire nose section of the fuselage where it tapers down from the constant "barrel" section ... HOW on bloody Earth does he do it? I still believe it's impossible!
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Guys! Oh my god I'm overwhelmed by all your feedback—thank you so much! I'm sure you're getting sick of hearing me say that but I'm really not sure what else to say other than you're all extremely kind and it means the world to hear all your comments. Plus, I'm glad to have a forum in which to share my progress

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I also second (or third) the motion that this model be submitted to a quality aerospace museum - whether it be the one here in San Diego or the Smithsonian, it truly deserves such an honor - because the likes of which (in my honest opinion) have NEVER been seen before.
Well, that would be awesome, if it happens at some point. I might have a bit of separation anxiety though haha (just kidding, I think I'm getting sick of staring at the model while it sits on my desk). But yes, as I've said, it's something that A) I know a lot of people want to see in person, and it's B) something people should see in person, because it's both a model and a "cross-section" of sorts, and I think a lot of people don't quite understand how the inside of a plane relates to the outside! It certainly helps to see a 3D cutaway.

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My personal interest would be to see you further this "gift" and combined a "mixed media" approach, possibly combining other materials such as balsa wood, plastic or even actual aluminum to the mix. Not necessarily to render an exact replica of an airliner, but to add additional interest and variety to the finished product.
I agree! As much as I love paper, I've considered branching out into other materials, possibly on a future model. I want to make a HUGE airplane at some point down the road, time and other things permitting. I think I might have to use other materials in that case!

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You, have recreated the 777 shape, particularly the nose, out of paper more accurately than any model I know of... to this I say... WELL DONE, you are better than multi million dollar companies with sophisticated computer software for 3D modelling!!!

exceptional work (understatement of the century), keep it up!
Thanks!! I'm much happier with this version of the nose than with the one that preceded it!

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I'm also planning to Make a plane out of paper
I strongly encourage that! There's something deeply rewarding about transforming an 'ordinary' material like paper into a complex shape.

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i could probably cry reading this thread
manilaplane, to me, you have achieved something that i believe most of us has dreamed of..
yes, i'm too lazy to build my own model kit, that's why i'm collecting diecast as shortcut.. but this dream never fades, and watching these marvelous pics.. i'm speechless...

your work is truly a masterpiece..
I think I might cry reading your comment! Thank you so much!

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I just keep scratchin' my head trying to figure out HOW he can produce compound curvature pieces to make up the nose cowl, and the entire nose section of the fuselage where it tapers down from the constant "barrel" section ... HOW on bloody Earth does he do it? I still believe it's impossible!
Well, initially, I had a lot of trouble with the compound shapes, and I ended up removing a lot of these crudely-made parts (essentially, re-papering the nose and tail). They were much too jagged for my liking. I discovered a technique for 3D-forming the paper in which I press/rub the spherical end of a pen against a large rubber eraser, with the manila in between. I guess the paper becomes distressed enough that it essentially "dents" and takes on a 3D shape. However, I also split large compound surfaces into many small pieces to make my life easier—there's no way I could press a large chunk of the nose out of a single piece of folder. The surface of the nosecone, for instance, is made of 25 individual pieces.
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I discovered a technique for 3D-forming the paper in which I press/rub the spherical end of a pen against a large rubber eraser, with the manila in between. I guess the paper becomes distressed enough that it essentially "dents" and takes on a 3D shape. However, I also split large compound surfaces into many small pieces to make my life easier—there's no way I could press a large chunk of the nose out of a single piece of folder. The surface of the nosecone, for instance, is made of 25 individual pieces.
Your paper-forming technique is kinda similar to how they form 3-D sheet metal and aluminum - it's a tedious process but surely it works GREAT!

As far as the nose cone being made from 25 pieces ... that's UN-believable! Your patience and attention-to-detail is second-to-none ... I can't even imagine how it was done ... INCREDIBLE!!!
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