Introduction: How to Make the Mohawk Paper Airplane

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The Mohawk is a stable, fast dart paper airplane with several features giving it an interesting shape.

TAA USAF Designation: EA45-1

Step 1: Materials

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1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch paper

Step 2: Length and Corner Folding

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Take your paper and fold it along its length. Then pull the corners in and fold them into the center.

Step 3: Pull the Top Down and the Corners In; Security Fold

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Pull the top down along the bottom of the previous corner folds. After this is done, pull the corners in, however not as much as before making the nose blunt. Repeat on the other side. Then pull the triangle up towards the nose over the two folds.

Step 4: Fold the Wings

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From the previous orientation, fold the aircraft along its center line. Then pull the leading edge down to the bottom of the aircraft along the center line. Repeat on the other side. Then pull the paper down again from the very front parallel to the first wing fold to the back of the airplane. After you complete these procedures, let your plane sit open.

Step 5: Cut the Ventral Stabilizers and Tail

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To make the ventral stabilizers, cut 1/2 of an inch into the paper along the upper (furtherest from the center line) wing fold, and then down to the bottom wing root at a ~65 degree angle. Then from the rear edge of the wing, meet that angle and cut off the trailing edge. Then cut the tail up from the center and pull it up over the wings. 

Step 6: Make the Electronic Warfare Tail

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As your plane lies flat, push the top center fold of the fin to the wings' center. Then open it as it was before. Then fold that center fold line down to the wing root as cited in the picture (be sure not to fold the other side in the process). Then open it. Repeat on the other side.

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Step 7: Tape Your Mohawk

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Tape the security fold to the fuselage and tape the fuselage together. After this, tape the electronic warfare tail together at both front and back points.

Step 8: Flight

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Your Mohawk is now ready for flight. It will fly fast, straight and stable. Enjoy!


FrozenIce (author)2010-11-09


wat. (author)FrozenIce2010-11-12


blackjackrobo (author)2013-06-01

thanks could you possibly add a GIF or a video to make it easier in the future?

blackjackrobo (author)2013-05-31

i don't get step 5 :(

Because this is one of my older projects, the instructions are (unfortunately) a bit sketchier than they would be now; and further, this is an inherently complex airplane.

Essentially, you cut 0.5 inches forward from the trailing edge along one crease; then cut from the wingtip to the inner end of the previous cut; then continue this cut to the next crease; and finally, you cut the tail and pull it through the fuselage.

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