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Paper Airplanes with Dollar Bills book cover

Paper Airplanes with Dollar Bills

by Duy Nguyen

2005 by Sterling

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Skill Level : Intermediate
Clear diagrams? Mostly clear
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From square - no cuts)? All models are from $ bills. Some use more than one bill

Overall Impression

I'm not usually a big fan of Duy Nguyen's origami books, as his work stretches the definition of origami in ways I'm not comfortable with. I do like this little book, however. Using only one to three US $ bills, with no cutting, Nguyen creates very nice representations of real and fictional aircraft, including Star-Trek and Battlestar Galactica spaceships. The production quality of this book, as with most of the author's books, is high, and the spiral-binding is very convenient. There are some money facts between the diagrams.

Diagram quality could use improvement. While mostly readable diagrams, a strange choice was made to use very few directional arrows in the steps. This could confuse newcomers to origami.

A fun book for those who enjoy folding their money instead of spending it on more origami books!

The Models

Model Designer Page Details Photo
F-14A Tomcat

Vehicles - Airplanes

Duy Nguyen9$ BillOrigami F-14A Tomcat by Duy Nguyen Folded from a $ bill by Gilad Aharoni on
B-2 Bomber

Vehicles - Airplanes

Duy Nguyen13$ BillOrigami B-2 Bomber by Duy Nguyen Folded from a $ bill by Gilad Aharoni on
F-16 Falcon

Vehicles - Airplanes

Duy Nguyen19$ BillOrigami F-16 Falcon by Duy Nguyen Folded from a $ bill by Gilad Aharoni on
Battlestar Galactica: Raider

Media and Culture

Duy Nguyen22$ Bill
Battlestar Galactica: Anubis Fighter

Media and Culture

Duy Nguyen29$ Bill

Vehicles - Airplanes

Duy Nguyen33$ BillOrigami image from
Folded by Michele Rousseau
WWII Single-engine fighter

Vehicles - Airplanes

Duy Nguyen36$ Bill
2 units
B-52 Stratofortress

Vehicles - Airplanes

Duy Nguyen43$ Bill
2 units
F-15C Eagle

Vehicles - Airplanes

Duy Nguyen49$ Bill
2 units
Boeing 747

Vehicles - Airplanes

Duy Nguyen53$ Bill
3 units
A-10A Thunderbolt

Vehicles - Airplanes

Duy Nguyen58$ Bill
3 units
Grumman E-2C Hawkeye

Vehicles - Airplanes

Duy Nguyen66$ Bill
3 units
Enterprise - Star Trek

Media and Culture - Star Trek

Duy Nguyen74$ Bill
3 units
Origami Enterprise - Star Trek by Duy Nguyen Folded from 3 US dollar bills by Gilad Aharoni on
13 models