Paper Airplane Challenge 1 (Closed)

This contest has been specifically drawn up for contenders of my previous contests, whom expressed interest in participating in further competitions. (However, it is by no means exclusive to them, anyone can enter!) Having already broken from tradition in name, I have decided to specify point values for the individual requirements too.

The aim of this challenge is to design a paper airplane or family of paper airplanes that can fulfill three tasks.


1. Aircraft Requirements:
• Ability to: (A) fly at least 30 feet; (B) perform at least one full loop, wingover and/or half Cuban eight and fly a further 15 feet; and (C) carry at least four 100mg toothpicks (20 pts each; 60 pts total)
• Up to three differently configured variants can be submitted to fill the A, B and C capabilities. Between variants there must be at least 40% commonality in construction (2 of 5 steps are identical). (5 pts)
• Durability in each airframe to fly at least 20 flights (5 pts)
• Use of less than 15 inches (0.381 meters) of tape in the construction of all aircraft  (5 pts)
• Use of less than 6 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in the construction of all aircraft (5 pts)
• Aircraft must be named (if there are multiple variations, identify each distinctly with names and/or designations) (5 pts)
(This totals to 85 points possible for the aircraft.)

2. Instructable Requirements:
• 1 page (not the intro page) strictly devoted to materials required in construction (4 pts)
• 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft (if there are multiple variants, illustrate how to fly each if necessary) (4 pts)
• The instructables’ license(s) must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)". Entries not wholly original must honor licensing agreements associated with the original publisher(s). (4 pts)
• This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: "This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Challenge 1." (3 pts)
(This totals to 15 points possible for the aircraft’s instructable; 100 points possible for the entry as a whole.)

For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 3 paper airplane instructables* one patch each. Each patch will feature its respective aircraft. The first place winner will also receive one 1 year Pro membership. The second place winner will also receive two 3-month Pro memberships. The third place winner will also receive one 3-month Pro membership.

Prize Distribution:

1st Place:
1 Patch
One Instructables 1 Year Pro Membership

2nd Place:
1 Patch
2 Instructables 3 Month Pro Memberships

3rd Place:
1 Patch
1 Instructables 3 Month Pro Membership

An extra 3 month Pro membership will be awarded to the designer of the most original, successful design. This bonus prize is not subject to the distribution limit below, and therefore, the top 3 contenders remain eligible to win.

*Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each contender can only win one prize.

How to Enter:
To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “Challenge Entry Airplane [Your Member Name Here]” with your instructables’ URL(s) included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic below, under "Entries".

I will judge entries based on aircraft performance and the quality and presentation of its instructable. Aircraft will be analysed and scored based on the requirements and whether or not they have been met. The contest begins Friday, June 8, 2012 and ends Friday, July 13, 2012 July 27, 2012. Entries must be published between these two dates. From July 13 27 to July 16 30, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, July 17 , 2012 July 31, 2012 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, July 18, 2012 August 1, 2012.


The Daredevil

The Delta-Fighter


First Place (Tie):

The Daredevil

The Delta-Fighter

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OrigamiAirEnforcer (author) 5 years ago
Contest Results:

This contest has ended with a very surprising result. Both aircraft earned a perfect score.
  • 1st Place: The Daredevil was the first contender to be entered. Its design was much simpler, comparable in configuration to my Super Spectre. Its performance was very good, fulfilling all requirements with ease. Stability was not a problem at any time during flight testing. The Daredevil’s handling was, ironically, tame. (Scored 100/100 pts.)
  • Also 1st Place: The Delta-Fighter was the second entry into the competition. Its design was very advanced and proved to be one of the most complex designs I have ever constructed. Like the Daredevil, its performance was good and it was able to fulfill all requirements easily. Stability was good and only minor trimming was necessary. (Scored 100/100 pts.)
What I found amusing was the radical difference in design methods between the two contenders. This contrast is always amusing to see.

Due to the tying of the entries each contender will be awarded the first place prizes. Each of your prizes will be issued tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author) 5 years ago
There is now a bonus prize of a 3 months Pro membership to be awarded.

See the Prize Distribution section under "Bonuses" for more information.
FrozenIce5 years ago
the way i see it, its almost like a monopoly from one of many points of view. you have created this "style" of paper airplanes, if you will, and in order to get anywere close to your requirements, we have to use your over all design, and i find it a bit... limiting... just my opinion. Even though im still gona try to enter.
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  FrozenIce5 years ago
Eliminating the relative monopoly I have is one of the reasons I host these contests. Everyone's paper airplanes are better when they have competition. If you don't have competition, you don't need a competitive model, and that can lead to reduced performance.

Although I do not think it is necessary to develop straight from one of my designs, such an effort is not disallowed.
aahhhh.... cool, thanks for your reply. digging my head for a design to enter... will you be entering?
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  FrozenIce5 years ago
I would, but because I am so closely related to the contest as its judge/host, I cannot.
FrozenIce5 years ago
For future contestents: just because it might seem like a good idea to have a flying wing style plane because you think it gives you better handling, dont do it. it will prove harder then you thought it would be, take my word.
To the organiser: do you think it will be possible to pass all three requirements with a plane of simaler design to the one in the picture above? thank you
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  FrozenIce5 years ago
Flying wings can have their own pros and cons, though I'd say this assessment is likely quite accurate, given what is being asked of the airplanes.

I do not believe the Super Orion or any airplane similar to it (unless perhaps it was scaled up) could fulfill the requirements. I simply used the picture because I believed the Super Orion was a good representative for a paper airplane design.
are your little graph paper airplane designs allowed in this challenge? because i finally made a plane that can do a half cuban 8!!! its a scale F/A-18 Hornet!!!
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