Introduction: "Goose" Paper Glider

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The Goose Mk.11 is designed as a long range glider, so is not really suitable for anything else, other than carrying a small payload.

The current longest flight I have managed is 10M. It will go further, as it still has most of its height when it hist the wall.

Step 1: Materials

Materials:

2 1/2 sheets of A4 paper.  (you can get it out of 2, but the tail plane doesn't work very well)

8" of tape (again, less will work, but reinforcement helps the flight)

3 large paperclips (optional, for landing gear)

Tools:

Something to cut a straight edge.

Step 2: Construction

The following pieces need to be cut:

2X8CM strips (cut lengthways) for wings.

2X6CM strips (cut lengthways) for tubes.


Wings:

Fold the two wing sections in half, so that there is a 2-3mm overlap.

Tape the two edges together with three 1/4" strips of tape, 1/2" fron each end, then one in the middle.

The wings should now have a thin wing profile.

Wing tube:

Just roll up the remains of the sheet the wings were cut from to make a tube, then squash it (but not completely flat)

Tubes:

Roll up the two 6cm strips into tight tubes. They will inevitably end up slightly conical.

Secure each end with a 1/4" strip of tape.

Tailplane:

Cut a 6" by 8cm piece from the third sheet, and make a miniature of the main wings

Step 3: Assembly

Wing assembly:

Slide the two wings onto the wing tube, leaving a 1/4" gap in the middle.

Secure with a 3/4" piece or tape on the top and bottom.

Attaching the tubes:

Flatten both ends of each tube.

Secure the ends to the underside of the wing and tailplane with 1/2" of tape.

Turn over, and secure the top of the wing to the tube with 1/4" strips of tape.

DONE!!

Step 4: Flight/trimming.

It will crash on the first few flights.

To launch it, hold the tubes just behind the wings, and throw it smooth and level, at a reasonable speed.

Trimming is mainly done by bending the tailplane up and down, but major adjustments can be made by twisting and bending the wingtips.

When properly trimmed, it should fly level, but will usually tend to drift off to one side.

Comments

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yapoyo (author)2012-04-27

by a4 u mean 8 1/2" x 11" or actual A4?

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The Skinnerz (author)yapoyo2012-04-28

There's only a 1/4" difference in the width, so there shouldn't be any problems, and the length is unimportant.

The only critical thing it the design is for the top of the wing to be slightly longer than the top so that it creates a wing profile.

Good luck getting it properly balanced. After a few crashes it will all settle down a bit and adjusting it will become easier.

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heavyfire88 (author)2011-06-16

How about adding fins ?

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The Skinnerz (author)heavyfire882011-06-16

I'll try and add something if I get a chance, though I don't know how much they'll do.

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rimar2000 (author)2011-06-06

Beautiful and clever design!

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The Skinnerz (author)rimar20002011-06-06

Thanks!

It could still do with a few refinements to sort out the stability though.

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