Introduction: How to Make the Hurricane Paper Airplane

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Designed to be a larger, more unique follow-on to the Hoverfly, the Hurricane is a large "'drone' helicopter" paper airplane. To my knowledge it is also the first paper helicopter deviating from the standard two blade design, which the Hoverfly was modeled after.

Even before the Hoverfly was posted, I wished to design a much larger, more unique successor. The Hurricane resulted from this design effort, and it is more than I ever imagined it'd be. Although this aircraft had an entirely new configuration, it had been very easy for me to develop, test and handle. Its simple design encouraged me to research further, and eventually publish this instructable on it.

Like the smaller Hoverfly, the Hurricane is designed for many uses, including as a research testbed for use in classrooms. Some potential experiments this aircraft could be used in include:

  • Air resistance
  • Wing area versus weight hangtime comparisons
  • Wing area adjustment hangtime comparisons

TAA USAF Designation: HD179-1

Step 1: Materials

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1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper

Step 2: Begin Construction

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Begin making your Hurricane by marking out a box of 16 by 8 boxes, with a 2 by 2 additional outcropping on a single sheet of graph paper. At the top, mark a solid line 6 boxes in length, every 2 boxes from the corners of the main box. From this line, mark a dotted line that stretches from the side of the boxes to the other, including the outcropping. Below the vertical lines intersection with the horizontal line, extend them as dotted lines.

Your Hurricane should now look as pictured. Cut the airframe out along the solid outer line.

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

Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches

Step 3: Making the Rotors and Fuselage Folding

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Cut along the solid lines you made previously. These will complete the rotors themselves. Once you've cut each of them accordingly, fold along the dotted lines. After this is completed, your Hurricane should appear as it does in the last photograph.

Step 4: Fuselage Folding, Taping and Stapling

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Fold your fuselage into a doughnut shape, with the outcropping being taped to the inside of its opposite. Once you have taped this, turn to the spots on the side of the fuselage 2 sides away from the point at which you taped the outcropping to the inside of the fuselage. Apply a staple. Repeat on the other side of the meeting point.

Step 5: Rotor Folding

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Fold your Hurricane's rotors down as shown. The rotors above the meeting point. its opposite and the rotors above each staple should be flat, perpendicular to the fuselage. Each of the other rotors should only be folded with 45-60 degrees of dihedral, per stability requirements (you may need to adjust it after your check flight).

This will complete your Hurricane.

Step 6: Flight

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Although somewhat similar to the Hoverfly, the Hurricane does have some signficant operation differences. Unlike the Hoverfly, the Hurricane may not descend vertically. Under the right circumstances, it may travel several feet laterally. If your Hurricane is unstable, you may need to adjust the angles of the rotors' dihedral. Additionally, the Hurricane may stay in the air several seconds longer than the Hoverfly. Enjoy!


DEEJAY642 (author)2016-01-06


LarsJK (author)2015-11-06

This looks pretty legit. Cool. Can You Tell Me How To Make A Laminated Paper Glider?

I have never made a paper aircraft out of laminated paper before myself. I am unsure as to how it might be done at this time. :(


The PuNERFsher (author)2015-06-05

This a cool take on a classic. I dunno if it's just because it is so light, but it takes a while to get spinning. My daughter and I were using a long stick to launch it from a greater height, and the wind carried it nicely. The updraft when the wind hit the house actually propelled it up onto the roof. Luckily, we had the long stick to get it down. Of course the updraft caught it instantly as it cleared the edge of the roof and blew it straight back up there! Great design. Thanks for sharing.

lislis382 (author)2012-11-21

maybe you could help me a bit! :)

What help do you need?

i know how you said to launch it, but i just cant launch it

Essentially, all one has to do to launch the Hurricane is hold it in the palm of your hand and raise your hand while keeping it level, then quickly having your hand drop out from under it.

i need help on folding it

Folding should be done along all dotted lines.

thanks ive got it now

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