Not many teens choose to play with cardboard and rolls of scotch tape during their spare time, but Josh Gibbs is no ordinary 16-year-old.
With those two items, a couple of markers and a whole lot of patience, Josh magically creates stunning small-scale replicas of actual passenger jets. His creations have so much attention to detail, simply calling them “paper airplanes” doesn’t do them justice.
Josh — who’s autistic — has always paid attention to the little things. So, his models not only look great on the outside, they’re also meticulously well-crafted on the inside.
“I look on Boeing’s website for all the specifications and measurements to make the plane,” Josh said, speaking to CTV News. “I fit it down to a small-scale and then I work on the plane.”
Josh is clearly a modest guy so he’s not one to brag about being able to manipulate a tough material such as cardboard into the right shapes for his jets. But when his mother’s friend posted Josh’s WestJet plane photos on Reddit, people took notice.
“This is why I am even more impressed – he used the “wrong” materials but got amazing structural integrity, roundness, symmetry… Look at the wings!” said one user.
Another fellow replica-builder couldn’t believe his eyes, saying: “My hobby is building highly detailed model cars, but from manufactured kits. I could never build something like this from scratch. Pretty impressive.”
And you know who else took notice? None other than WestJet itself. They immediately invited him to their headquarters and he presented them with a paper replica of one of its aircraft. In return, WestJet gave him an unrestricted tour of its facility. He even got to hop into the pilot’s seat.
— Lori Gibbs (@lorigibbs) February 5, 2015
Hey, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Josh working for the Canadian airline company in a few years.
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