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With many hundreds of business cards collected from various people around the world, we needed an idea.  Although I didn’t intentionally collect the cards, they filled two boxes which had started showing cracks.  The thing is: once I’ve scanned the cards, they’re useless… but throwing them out felt too easy.

I spent some time in the aviation industry a few years ago, and the many business cards of airline executives became our inspiration for an afternoon project.  Let’s make an aeroplane!

The adhesive was taking too long to work – even with rubber bands holding the cards in place.  Today was not about quality but about spending some time with my kids and playing with cards; so… although I don’t recommend it, we used sellotape to finish off the model.

Business cards of airline people formed the top layer of the model, with the senior executives’ names on the main fuselage; oil and fueling companies covered the wings (where the fuel tanks are); and the engines were rolls of engineers’ business cards.

We even had a pretend airport and runway also made from business cards.  The test flight was a success.  Living room to Balcony and back – without any security alerts!

For dimensions we used a scaled model I have of the new A380.  Overall, a fun afternoon of doing nothing.  My children didn’t join in as much as I had hoped, but I’m sure they enjoyed it.  The airplane is now hanging from the ceiling of their play room.




  1. WOW! I gotta try that sometime.

    Happy New Year!

    • AGWAF
    • Posted 31 December 2009 at 11:47 pm
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    Brilliant idea 🙂
    Happy new year to you too

  2. lol
    happy 2 u

    • Q80BOY
    • Posted 1 January 2010 at 6:28 pm
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    LOL creative work as usual! 😀

  3. Green creative idea !
    Happy New Year

  4. 🙂 no dearth of ideas here! novel holiday projects..

  5. That is AWESOME!

    • Polar Panda
    • Posted 2 January 2010 at 1:22 am
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    This is such a meaningful project for the children to be away from electronics!
    I guess that adults become children, and children become engineers. I bet it is not an easy project, isn’t it? Great take off to end a year! Happy New Year!

    • Mathai
    • Posted 2 January 2010 at 8:57 am
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    Haha! nice work! How far does it fly? or does it drop like a stone? 😛

  6. very creative Mashallah…

    Happy New Year..

  7. Happy New Year. a wonderful plane model!!!

  8. Thank you all for visiting and for your lovely comments 🙂

  9. Thats fantastic! Seriously amazing how you put those together, and I like the depth of some of those shots!

    Two thumbs up for the plane!

    • maitham
    • Posted 5 January 2010 at 11:29 pm
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    LOVE IT BRO ….. ;p

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