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F 117 Stealth Fighter Origami

Lockheed F-117 is a stealthy ground attack aircraft which was formerly operated by the US Air Force. Basically the weird, angular shape of this plane makes it very very difficult to catch on a Radar. What all that Geek and Latin means is:

If you can’t sees it, you can’t shoots it.

Anyways, I wanted to make an Origami model of the F117 Nighthawk. Tried it with this Youtube tutorial and got a quite a decent looking model.

But after the initial satisfaction had died down, I wanted to fold a more realistic looking model (ahh yes… I am beginning to get the symptoms of Origaminsanity: the uncontrollable urge to make a more realistic, more “3D” model).

Anyways, I initially tried to fold this model by myself without any external assistance.

And I was promptly shot down (zing!) by the vengeful Origami gods!

Hmmm.. whats a PolymathGeek to do ?

After my initial attempts crashed and burned (zing again!), I decided to bug out(zing once again! Am I am on fire today or what!) to the friendly airbase of Youtube for rest and refueling.

There I found this model which was fairly realistic and presented a great 3 dimensional representation of this awesome bomber. I was particularly impressed by the way the engine intakes were folded.

That was it. Mission Goblin Flight was a go.

Mission Objectives:

Your mission should you choose to accept it is to:

Fold an Origami model of the F-117 stealth fighter. Make weird airplane engine noises while you are folding it to ensure maximum annoyance to the wifey. Quoting dialogues from the Top Gun movie to the further annoyance of the wifey will earn you the medal of the Order of PolymathGeek, Second Class.

On to the Pre Flight Checklist:

  1. Black A4 Sheet: Check
  2. You tube video: check
  3. Hard board: Check
  4. Cup of Masala Chai: Check
  5. Top Gun them song playing in the background: Check.

and with that checklist completed, I started following the video and started folding the F117.

This particular Origami model I would categorize as being of Easy Difficulty level. There were no weird folds. The video was straightforward and easy to follow. You don’t need to be an Olympic gymnast or a concert pianist to fold this one.

And finally two cups of Masala Chai later, The F-117 was complete.

And this is how the F117 came out looking:


And this is how an actual F117 looks like:


That looks amazingly realistic! Hat Tip to the creator of this model.

Mission Accomplished! Promotions all around 🙂

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Posted by on January 19, 2014 in Origami


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Pallavi Makes a Penguin

Origami has always interested me. There is something special about the way a piece of paper takes shape in your hands and slowly over a series of steps turns into a work of art.

I have always felt that Origami is an art for anybody. Anybody can do it. Such art forms hold a deep fascination for me. Decorative knotting, Origami etc are art forms which don’t require tons of starting material or even any great “artistic capability”. They require a certain interest in the art form, a certain dogged patience and the ability to see the big picture. Anytime you get bored of making the same old folds or tying the same old knots, you have to visualize the final model and keep going.

At the end of a busy day’s work Origami has always calmed me down and helped me to regain my focus. As Sherlock Holmes once said “A change of work is the best rest”.

Moving on, I was introduced to “Modular Origami” by my wife Pallavi when she made a really beautiful decorative piece for our wedding.

Later we lost touch with this craft for a while but Pallavi decided to start off with Modular Origami again after a gap of almost 2 years.

I asked her to start off by making a huge Origami dragon and she decided thankfully and wisely to start off with something simpler.

She decided to start with a simple model of an Origami Penguin for our showcase.

Modular Origami consists of:

1. Making building blocks for the model which are made like this:

2. Then you make more of these “modules”.


3. And by more, I mean many, many, many more


4. And some more…


5. Finally you start assembling them together. To make the Penguin, she used the video instruction below:

6. And viola! The Origami Penguin was ready.


Only glue used was to stick the beak and the eyes. The eyes we bought from a store called Itsy Bitsy.

Now you can say “AWWWWWWWWWWWWW”

This Penguin has found a pride of place on our showcase. Pallavi went on to make some more beautiful models like a swan, a very very difficult to assemble fish and an even more bigger tray shaped like a swan for my brother’s wedding. She is now thinking of something really really big. I can’t wait to find out! 🙂

I will be writing about these models in the future.

The great thing about Modular Origami is that there is a very vibrant and helpful community of artists on the net to help out a newbie. Youtube is full of videos for models ranging from simple fist sized models to huge, extremely complex models which can take days to assemble.

For me, the best part is the joy Pallavi gets out of creating these models and the way her eyes light up when guests to our house compliment her on the models in our showcase.

WIN for everybody 🙂

Has anybody else done something similar? Please drop me a line. Pallavi and I would love to find out what you did!

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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Art Attack!


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