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Designed to supplant other miniature cruiser paper airplanes, the Dragon is a miniature paper airplane with long range capabilities. With a wingspan of just 4 inches, this airplane is quite small compared to others, but still has landing gear!

I began designing the Dragon after I realized the Ranger was the last miniature paper airplane I specifically designed as a cruiser since early August 2011. When I realized the even older Cardinal was the last cruiser with a wing shape that was not constant chord, I decided the Dragon would have to differ from the Ranger in that way as well.

Eventually I chose a tapered, high aspect ratio wing for its good glide characteristics and higher efficiency. In flight testing though, the wing showed it needed larger vertical surfaces to accommodate it. As a result, the Dragon adopted the large tail of the Super Tomahawk before it. It flew excellently and proved itself more than worthy of an instructable of its own--and here it is!

Some potential experiments possible with this airframe include:
•Glide ratio
•Weight and balance
•Hangtime versus other aircraft

TAA USAF Designation: D181-1
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Step 1: Materials

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1 Piece of 8 by 10 inch graph paper

Step 2: Begin Construction

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First, begin by folding your your graph paper in half (excluding three boxes on the perforated side). Once the paper has been folded appropriately, make two marks--13 full boxes apart. Use a ruler to make a straight line with the length of 15 boxes directly up 1 row of boxes from the two marks you just made. Then make the elevators, rudder, spars, landing gear and counterweight as shown. Follow the photograph markings. Once all is marked out, cut out the fuselage.

After the fuselage is made, take another sheet of paper that is folded in half along the lines of boxes. Mark out the wing as shown (3 boxes in length at the fuselage, with chord decaying 1 box every 8 boxes outwards and 8 boxes in width).

Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.

Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches
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i just realized, this plane looks like a U-2 Dragonlady, and you named this pane the Dragon! :)
There are similarities, and the Dragon is perhaps reminiscent, but I will still be exploring the concept of a replica U-2 (I already have a MiG-21 instructable in progress...).
Thanks! i cant wait!!
it glides very smoothly, and it looks a lot like a U-2 Dragonlady! speaking of which, could you make a scale U-2? because that would be awesome!
I will look into the feasibility of a replica U-2. :)
heavyfire883 years ago
unominame3 years ago
Nice! I'm gonna make it. Just need to dig though my junk drawer to find my Exacto blade.