My quirky paper invention now has a new home at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum! The gift shop at the museum is currently under renovation, which is why the retail spot is in the middle of the enormous airplane hanger of a museum. I hung out and threw airplanes for a couple hours until nearly every kid in the place was proud of their new flying bracelet.
Today I was a guest volunteer at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, showcasing my Votex-Star paper airplanes! Among the various airplanes featured in the enormous hangar was an X-wing with a tribute to Carrie Fisher.
We have been busy creating new artwork for the Vortex-Star! The new prints include numbered lines for folding, a QR code, and several warnings (that are covered-up after folding).
The outside of the Vortex-Star now sports a spiral pattern. Let me know if you like it!
Meanwhile, the hunt is nearly complete for the perfect Vortex-Star paper! Just a few more steps and we will have the first test prints on the 100% official Vortex-Star paper! Believe me folks, the difference between Vortex-Stars made from ordinary paper versus this Inventor-approved paper is the difference between it flying 5 meters or 35 meters! The paper must be heavy and stiff, yet hold a steady arc (rules-out most regular notebook or printer papers). The paper must crease along a straight line, not crumple (rules-out most card-stocks and construction papers). It must also be slick to reduce friction.
We have begun testing new materials for the Vortex-Star! This first prototype, made from 3D printed plastic, appears to be too heavy to fly effectively. Perhaps at enormous speeds it would fly, but my arm cannot throw it that hard!
It’s been a busy week! The website got a make-over, and the search for the perfect Vortex-Star paper is down to two choice specimens. One is perfect, but proprietary and pricey. The other I found after exhausting nearly ALL of Denver’s printing supply stores (and demonstrated many times).