Introduction: How to Make the OmniScimitar Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range, and stealthy, the OmniScimitar is lightweight variation of the Super Omniwing capable of flying like few other flying wings can.

When the Super Omniwing was published almost two years ago, it was the latest, most advanced Omniwing variant. The next Omniwing variation, the Manta, would not come for another year, and it was dissimilar from previous Omniwing developments. I decided to design a new Omniwing to complement the Super Omniwing, which had become among my most popular airplanes.

As with my other popular aircraft, I decided a new successor that retained what was praised in the original and incorporated improvements on critiqued points was in order. The OmniScimitar was made out of this effort, and it excelled. Not only did it match its predecessor in capabilities, it was simpler and was less complicated to construct.

TAA USAF Designation: F3-1Y

Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch paper
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil
Tape

Step 2: Width, Fourth and Corner Folding

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Fold your paper in half along its width. Once you've done this, fold the edges of the paper back in to the crease. Then fold the corners of the paper into the crease of the outer fourths as shown. Then fold the diagonal edges back, and the folds on each side should now touch the center crease.

Step 3: Leading and Trailing Edge Preparation

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Fold the tip of the nose down to the vertex of the previous leading edge folds. Then pull the leading edge back so that what was the blunt tip of the nose touches the center crease and repeat on the other side. Then fold the paper in half so that these folds are on the papers outside.

Measure 2.5 inches in from the trailing edge along the center crease, make a mark and then measure 2.5 inches outwards from the center crease along the trailing edge and make a mark. Then connect the two marks.

After you have finished measuring what will be the counterweight, begin measuring the vertical fins. Find the point 1 inch in from the wingtip along the trailing edge and make a mark. Then from this mark measure 1 inch in and make a line and a mark. Then along the wingtip, measure 0.75 inches in from the trailing edge and make a mark. Then connect this mark to the one you just made.

Step 4: More Trailing Edge Preparation

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Make a line that connects the mark along the center crease to the fin's mark along the trailing edge. Then cut along the first diagonal line you made and cut off the paper but save it. Then cut along the diagonal you just made and discard its scraps. Then cut along the diagonal of the fins and fold them down along the line you made previously. Then unfold the airplane along the center crease.

Step 5: Taping and Elevator Folding

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Tape the airfoils down as shown. Then fold the paper in half and fold the wing sections outboard of the fins forward as shown.

Step 6: Counterweight Folding

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Take the piece of paper you trimmed earlier and unfold it. Fold the corners inwards on each side. Then pull them backwards and make a crease. Then pull the bottom layer backwards as shown. You should now have a smaller, denser triangle.

Step 7: Applying the Counterweight

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Flip your airplane on its back. Then put the counterweight at its front and tape it to the airframe. Once you've finished doing this, flip the OmniScimitar over and unfold the fins and elevators.

Step 8: Flight

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The OmniScimitar is a flying wing of fairly simple nature. Launch should be at moderate speed, with the airplane being held by 3 fingers (1 over the wing, 2 beneath the wing). This type of launch will give flights the longest range at the best speed. Additional applicable surfaces include slats, rudders, spoilers, spoilerons, elevators, ailerons, elevons, and air brakes. Enjoy!

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