biplane of the 30's

Built in 1989, this little biplane was a gift for a girlfriend whom I was totally besotted with. When we parted ways years later I borrowed it back to photograph it. 22 years later and it's still 'borrowed'...oups! Couldn't help hanging onto it! And I'm in trouble if she ever stumbles across this blog!

This model doesn't depict any particular aircraft. I was just having fun wanting to do skeletal shapes to reveal the structure. And it is entirely in paper. In white it looks ethereal and precious..a little dreamlike.

The engine cylinders are made from paper punch waste with bits of paper spacers glued in between to seperate the fins. The rockers, push rods and plugs are all bits glued on to give that effect.

No, I have no idea why I didn't make an exhaust manifold...

The wheels even have the tube filling valves. Through the structure one can see the main fuel tank.

The propeller is a twisted and flattened cone of paper that gives very good results!

..and the cockpit has the seat, control column, throttle lever, rudder pedals and even guages punched out or glued plain white paper.


  1. AnonymousMay 02, 2010

    Nothing else then gorgeous, this is definatly my favorite one!
    the fact that it doesn't represent any particular aircraft is even better for me! Just the pleasure of the shape of the skeleton, light and strong in the same time !
    just like the wings of a dragonfly, the body would be fishbones, the propeller would be maple leafes !
    continue in this direction be more conscious of what you have inside you! so special, so talented, you don't have to follow anybody else drawing you have much more to give in your imagination!
    Thanks for sharing ,we enjoyed it and can't wait to see much more !

  2. Awesomeness again! was just thinking if you were here, we'd happily give you some antennae wires that you would not have to paint!

  3. AnonymousJuly 28, 2010

    Non seulement tu as la créativité, mais aussi la dextérité ! Chapeau bas l'ami pour ce travail d'orfèvre.

    Même les photos sont superbes !

    Si je n'avais pas vu de mes yeux ce que tu réalises, on pourrait croire a des photos d'appareils réels.

    Bravo et respect pour ton travail.

  4. AnonymousJuly 29, 2010

    Rrrrrahhh !...j'ai cotoyé les Dieus de la patience , de la folie furieuse, de la récupération, de la débrouillardise et de l'astuce, assemblés en un seul être à tête de cylindres en étoiles, dans l'Olympe du maquettisme, sur le mont CERNY au mois de mai cette année ! suis fier !....amitiés et bravo !...patrick

  5. I don't know anything about aircraft but I'm really impressed by the work and precision.
    I can't believe that these models are made in paper.
    Good work !

  6. This is like lace in paper! Excellent! sensitivity meets creativity !

  7. Hi, I was given your reference by a common friend, Sanchay Roy. I thought I was among the craziest WW2 freaks alive, but this stuff is good enough for me to concede.

    Fantastic stuff, hope to see more in the future!

  8. Suhail, Dit is werkelijk verbazingwekkend wat een liefde en detail voor dit werk!

    Suhail, C'est vraiment incroyable ce que l'amour pour ce travail et de détails!

    Suhail, This is truly amazing what a love for this work and detail!

  9. baking artistMarch 03, 2012

    Franchement.....c'est splendide! fantastique!!

    tant de patience, de minutie...

  10. What a pleasure to see your incredible aeroplane again, Suhail - from all angles - and i enjoyed the added explanations too.......... and your new works in mobiles on your other site are truly wonderful & full of wonder.
    i wonder... can you make a pogo-stick in paper ? (as a challenge)? florinette rajpurwali

  11. AnonymousJune 26, 2014

    Hi there. Really nice models you got there done.

    i wish you dont mind little critic.. I dont mean it at any offence, but a tip to become ever more accurate modeller.

    Its just one thing which i noticed in them and its the bullet holes.

    They all are hit on the skin at vertically against it. so, it doesnt look like real. on wing surfaces, it looks like every hit came directly from above, like on top of fuselages. Also same on sides of fuselage, it looks like every hit came directly from side.

    There isnt hits which look like they came from behind, their holes would be totally different looking. allthough, it would also mean that you would have to model more with inside stuctures, as those holes would show them if they would be in there.

    anyway, really nice work there ;)