Václav Šorel died on Saturday, with children of several generations growing up on their cut-outs in ABC magazine. He invented them in the 80’s, when he worked as a designer for the airline Avia. He worked in a popular science magazine until his retirement. In addition to paper models, he was also the author of many comics. His most famous works include The Galaxy, The Brain Riot and Operation Jericho.
Václav Šorel was already interested in technology in high school. As a teenager, he often visited Kladno Airport, observed airplanes and modeled miniatures at home. He later became a pilot and landed on the Kladno runway with a two-seater glider of the Pionýr brand.
From 1956 he worked as a designer at Avia and in his spare time he wrote articles for aviation magazines. In the company, he met his future colleague František Kobík, who employed him externally in the children’s magazine ABC. He invented paper models of cars or planes that children could cut out and then glue according to simple instructions.
During his career he wrote a number of sci-fi and comics. His cult works include the Brain Riot and the Galaxy. He has collaborated with a number of publishers, such as Mladá fronta, Argo or Albatros. He retired in the late 1990s, but did not stop creating.
In January this year, he had a stroke from which, despite the financial donations of his friends, he failed to get into physical condition. According to official website publicist Šorel died in Prague on September 12, four days after his 83rd birthday.