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Design Documentary

Float

February 7, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Float is an upcoming documentary about the world of indoor rubber powered model airplanes. After watching it and doing some reading online, I’ve learned that the people who compete in free flight duration aeronautics are a special breed. Imagine spending 40 years of your life building self-propelled airplanes that weigh as much as a paperclip but maintain altitude for over 30 minutes. Oh, and you’d like to compete with others who do the same thing? Just catch the next flight to Serbia.

Current designs of these airplanes can fly for over 30 minutes on a single wound rubber motor, and the world record for time aloft is over one hour. These planes fly indoors, in large open spaces such as sporting arenas and aircraft and blimp hangers. The majority of participants in this hobby are over the age of 50, and the hobby itself is aging. As the digital age envelopes the younger generations, this hobby is becoming a lost art.

The goal of FLOAT is to document the hobby in its current state, and most importantly bring much needed attention and an injection of new and excited participants to help perpetuate this beautiful hobby.

According to the producers the final release date is still to be determined. As the interest in model airplanes has waned, so have the sporadic competitions from which footage can be shot, so keep an eye out at film festivals in a year or so. You can learn more about Float on their Kickstarter page. (thnx, tim!)

 

 



Art

And When I’m a Man

January 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson

And When I’m a Man is a life-sized model kit created by artist Wayne Chisnall of himself that will be on display at Scream Gallery in London starting January 13th. (via laughing squid)

 

 



Design

1/100 Architectural Paper Model Set

January 9, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Really dig this architectural paper model set by Terada Design.

Create your own little paper wonderland with these perfectly cut paper pieces. There are people large and small, dogs, cats, birds, flowers, chairs, sofas, tables, lamps, bikes, grass and more! Made completely with paper (of course!), you simply pop out the pieces and fold them into place. 1/100 is an architectural model set that represents the home and family life. This is the design of Naoki Terada from Terada Design in Japan. Scale is 1-100. Sheet size measures 104mm x 148mm. Here for the first time in Australia!

Currently available at Upon a Fold for a reduced price

 

 



Design

Delorean 500gb Hard Drive

November 26, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Holy amazing, check out this Back to the Future Delorean hard drive from Flash Rods. The stainless steel hard drive took four years to engineer and comes complete with functional gull-wing doors, a Mr. Fusion reactor, and an embedded 500gb Seagate hard drive. (via iain claridge)

 

 



Design

Not Your Father’s Model Boat

October 5, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Beautiful wooden replicas of the world’s three largest container ships, Emma Maersk, Arctic Princess and TI Asia by London-based design firm Postlerferguson. Plans are to eventually sell the models under a new brand, Papa Foxtrot. More info over at Creative Review.