Introduction: How to Make the Scimitar Paper Airplane

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A fast, graceful and stealthy little flying wing, the Scimitar is a new development from the Buzzard family of flying wings.

TAA USAF Designation: UF204-1

Step 1: Materials

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1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper

Step 2: Cover Fold Preparation

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Fold one corner of your paper to the edge of the opposite side. Then open and repeat on the other side. Then pull the top half of the X onto the bottom half.

Step 3: Cover Folding

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Tuck the paper in under itself. The pictures represents what the paper should appear like.

Step 4: Counterweight Folding

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Pull the edges of the cover folds up to the front as pictured. Then fold the diagonal edge to the center line and repeat on the opposite side. Then fold it in half along its center.

Step 5: Mark and Cut the Trailing Edge

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On the wingtip, two inches from the back of the airfoil, make a mark. Then use your ruler and pencil to make a line to the center, just behind the airfoil. Cut your trailing edge along this line. 

Step 6: Taping and Airfoil and Angling Checks

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Tape your Scimitar at the back of its airfoil, at the center. Then check your plane by making sure there is significant space between the skin of the airfoil and that of the wing. Then check the wing to make sure there is no anhedral nor dihedral.

Step 7: Flight

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Flying the Scimitar is fairly easily. Let it go after advancing it at moderate speed (don't throw it). The Scimitar should fly over 30+ feet. Enjoy!


heavyfire88 (author)2011-04-07

The tucking thing is not for me.. :D
But I will try harder if it glides better than super omniwing..? Does it ?

They do roughly the same, but the Simitar is less visible due to its finless and over all smaller shape.

I see you know a thing or to about flying wing aircraft turning invisible. It's only I'm different angles. I've caught it on video with wings doing this

Visibility is essentially just a matter of perspective in any case.

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