The Locust was designed as a smaller alternative to the comparable Super SkyManx, around the same time as the SkyGnat. The Locust was to supplant the Super SkyManx, while the SkyGnat was to complement the Gnat. In flight testing, the Locust excelled, demonstrating its clean shape was very aerodynamic and capable. Although the Locust flew before the SkyGnat, the Locust was held to make way for other projects--the SkyGnat being one of them.
Given its shape, I believe the Locust could be used as a small replica (albeit perhaps inaccurate in certain regards) for many real aircraft. Additionally, the Locust has great potential for usage by educators, including studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
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 (1 box of constant chord at the root, with a 1 by 3 rectangular trailing edge behind a 2 by 3 box area of wing with a sweep of 2 boxes of chord eliminated every 3 boxes away from the fuselage). Then cut the wing out. Measure 2 boxes along the crease, measure two boxes upwards from one mark and make another point. Then draw a diagonal line connecting this new mark to the one further away. From the mark you just made, measure one box further away from the one now connected to the line and make a mark. Sketch a line between this mark and the other mark along the crease. Then cut the horizontal stabilizers out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches
Step 3: Making the Fuselage
Step 4: Applying the Wings and Horizontal Stabilizers
Once you have finished with the wings, cut out your horizontal stabilizers and slide them through the slit in the fuselage you made earlier. When through, fold them up and apply tape to the underside; then fold down. This will have completed your aircraft.