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How To Make The Scorpion Rocket-Powered Paper Airplane

The Scorpion paper airplane is an aircraft which can be launched with two rockets, or the the simple throw. Unlike its predecessor, the Research Dart, the Scorpion is able to be flown easily without rockets. 

 
TAA USAF Designation: X64-1
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Tape
Optional:
Pencil

Step 2: X Folding And Cover Fold

Fold the paper's top to the sides. Then fold it over itself. Pull the paper down over itself so it is two separate layers.

Step 3: Counterweight Fold

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Take the outer tips of the top layer of the cover fold and pull them up to the front. Then unfold both and fold down the front weight. 

Step 4: Nacelle Folding

Beginning by folding the "landing gear" fold, you must fold the paper over itself again. After you've done this, fold the paper into itself. After this, it should now be a triangle. Then squash it down along the center to make the nacelle. Open it to define it, then squash it down along the fold lines once more. Repeat all of this on the other side.

Step 5: Wing Folding

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Fold the wings down from about 3/4 inch above the center line.

Step 6: Winglet Folding

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Fold your winglets up 3/4 of an inch from the wingtips. Repeat on the other side. After this is done, open the airfoil and fold it along the root of the winglet. Repeat on the other side.

Step 7: Taping

You have reached the final stage of contstruction. Take the front and back together, then tape (inboard of) the nacelles to the airfoil.