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This College Kid Spent Six Years Creating a Boeing 777 to Scale with Moving Parts (and You’ll Never Guess What Common Office Supply He Used)

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When Luca Iaconi-Stewart started working on his 1:60 scale replica in 2008 (then 15 years old), he had no idea what he was getting into. His inspiration came from an architecture course he was taking at San Francisco’s Lick-Wilmerding High School where his instructor taught the class how to make to-scale models of homes and buildings. “I took the idea one step further and began work on this plane,” he recently told CNET. “Though I never anticipated it reaching the present level of complexity.”

So what’s this handmade Boeing made of? Ordinary manila folders—lots of ‘em. It all started out with him using a can of powdered cocoa to trace the circular fuselage. Six years, stacks of manila card stock, and a bunch of X-Acto knives later, Iaconi-Stewart is just about done. In the video below, you see him in the final stages of painting the body.

If you love this piece as much as I do, follow this guy! Hundreds of detailed, hi-res photos of this project can be found on his Flickr account and he has some beautifully edited time-lapse videos of his construction process on his YouTube channel.

Seat assembly took Iaconi-Stewart an entire summer to complete.


The engines took a month to design and four to assemble.



The assembly took so much of his time, he dropped out of college to work on the project.

These cut-outs made up just one of the four first-class seats.

Everything that’s supposed to move works perfectly.


There’s even a crew galley!

This is the very same cocoa container Iaconi-Stewart started off with.

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