In early March 2011, I posted the Hornet paper airplane. The Hornet was the first "fighter" of it size, with a wingspan of a mere 6 centimeters. With it, I had hoped to spark interest in the Instructables community to design their own fighters similar in concept to the Hornet. However, when by June there were no comparable designs posted, I realized the Hornet needed to be supplanted out of design age in any case. In mid-June, I was doing some research and testing for "Hornet II" as it was called at the time, but my primary focus was on cruisers like the Albatross. Eventually, after the Albatross was successful, I devoted my attention to the "Hornet II" and related projects (like the Hawk). As I redesigned the prototypes, I decided to eliminate a feature that had long been iconic to my drones: their spars. To retain the one piece wing though, I designed the aircraft to have a mid wing, rather than a traditional high wing. After some research, I chose a trapezoidal wing shape, similar to the used wing on the F-104 Starfighter. When I first flew the prototype, I was not displeased. The only thing changed was the addition of the staple to the airframe. I have kept a Javelin around my desk, because this plane is just awesome to see flying.
TAA USAF Designation: D159-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper (4 boxes per inch)
Step 2: Begin Construction
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 (4 boxes in length, each with an intersection sweep of 1/3 with the outer two boxes cut away). Then cut it out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches
Step 3: Making the Rudder
Step 4: Making and Taping the Fuselage
Step 5: Applying the Wing
Step 6: Winglet Folding and Stapling
Step 7: Flight
Like the Hornet before it, the Javelin is a plane that needs a pretty quick toss to fly. However, unlike the Hornet, the Javelin has more weight in the nose, and therefore more authority. Generally, flights should amount to at least 12 to 18 feet. This plane has ventral winglets/skids and provisions for additional surfaces and controls, such as flaperons, alierons, elevators, slats, and a rudder. Enjoy!