Since 2008, Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been working on a scale-model of a Boeing 777-300ER. Made out of manila folders. Though he took two years off during that time to go to college, the now 22-year-old has otherwise spent almost all his time on the project, which is finally nearing completion.
Measuring in at 48-inches by 48-inches by 12-inches, this would never be mistaken for a real plane. But take one look at the paper 777 and you can't help but be blown away by his craftsmanship.
Front of the plane
One of the early pieces of the puzzle, this is the front section of the 777-300ER, minus the skin and the nose, of course.
Business-class seat parts
Iaconi-Stewart built the entire model by hand, adding pieces bit by bit. This is a layout of parts of the plane's business-class seats.
The cockpit in Luca Iaconi-Stewart's all-manila folder-scale model of a Boeing 777-300ER.
Cabin door installation
A look at the installation of one of the plane's cabin doors.
Seat on a finger
For perspective, this is a business class seat. On a finger. Although the plane's configuration varies from carrier to carrier, American Airlines flies the 777-300ER in a 386-passenger, four-class, six-cabin configuration.
Prior to Iaconi-Stewart installing these dozens of economy class seats in the model, they sit on a table ready for the fuselage.
Bin and ceiling installation
This could be a real-life Boeing 777-300ER that's under construction -- though it would likely have a different color on the interior. But in fact, it's the interior of the fuselage of Luca Iaconi-Stewart's scale-model 777-300ER.
Aft cargo door
The aft cargo door on the model plane.
Iaconi-Stewart is outfitting his model plane with the livery of Air India, one of the carriers that flies the 777-300ER.
Air India 777-300ER
Air India's real-life Boeing 777-300ER, in one of the airline's online photographs of the plane.
Although Iaconi-Stewart could have made the engine without paying attention to the its insides, he put a great deal of care into its cowling.
A look at one of the plane's engines, head-on.
The plane's engine thrust-reverser.
Incomplete versus complete
One finished engine, and one that still needed a lot of work.
Economy and business class seating
A cross-section of the plane shows how it has both economy- and business-class cabins.
Cabin door, installed
A look at one of the plane's cabin doors, installed.
How much food, and how many drinks could fit in a gallery the size of a finger?
Nose landing gear
The scale-model plane's nose landing gear.
Main landing gear tires
A set of tires meant for the plane's main landing gears.
The manila-folder model plane's tailfin looks real, much like the rest of the aircraft.
Tailcone and horizontal stabilizer
The plane's tail cone and horizontal stabilizer, prior to being put together with the rest of the fuselage.