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Smaller than a child's hand, the Scout paper airplane has an impressively small wingspan of only 7.5 centimeters. This plane is different from other similar planes because of its structure, which allows it to perform tighter maneuvers. 

Due to the recent popularity of these small gliders, I decided to design my own. Originally I hadn't incorporated the inverted gull or the parasol wing arrangements, but for stability and aesthetic reasons, I later added both.

TAA USAF Designation: D132-1
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Step 1: Materials

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1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper

Step 2: Begin Construction

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First, begin by folding your your graph paper in half (excluding three boxes on the perforated side). Once the paper has been folded appropriately, make two marks--15 full boxes apart. Use a ruler to make a straight line with the length of 15 boxes directly up 1 row of boxes from the two marks you just made.

Then make the elevators, struts and counterweight as shown. Follow the photograph markings. Once all is marked out, cut out the fuselage and wings. 

Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.

Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches

Step 3: Making The Fuselage

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After having cut out all of the fuselage. Begin folding it along the dotted lines. After you've folded all the lines correctly, it should appear as it does in the second picture. 

Step 4: Taping The Fuselage

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Now tape your fuselage together at the front, back and across the struts. 

Step 5: Make The Wing

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Now you will fold the wing to the appropriate shape. First, take your wing and fold it in half width-wise. Then unfold all but 2 rows of these boxes.

Step 6: Mate The Wing And Fuselage

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Suspend the wings upside down and install the fuselage. The struts should have 2 entire boxes on the wing section with no anhedral. A small section--roughly a quarter of a box should exist under the anhedral part of the wing.Then, tape the two boxes under the wing to the underside of the wing. Do not tape any other parts of the struts to the wing.
kittknight4 years ago
mine was nose heavy the 1st try so I cut elevators in the tail and it increased the stability and flight time, cool little plane!
Sandra884 years ago
Great concept!
Cool Design, it flys well for its size.
I made a vector image of the layout.
very cool, and it glides awesomely
sf49ers1 year ago
Hey man can you look at my mini airplane and tell me what you think about it? Just search mini airplane glider or my username.
legoman1112 years ago
I stapled my Scout in the front and it flew better than when I put a small paperclip in the front.
legoman1112 years ago
My graph paper has boxes a little bit bigger than .25 in. x.25 in. I added a small paperclip at the front, and it flew a lot better than before.
ked19973 years ago
Wish I didnt lose my graph paper
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  ked19973 years ago
Graph paper isn't necessarily required. Paper that is similar in weight like notebook paper can be used as a substitute, but your have to measure everything yourself.
jliberman133 years ago
Looks really cool! I haven't goten a chance yet to build it, but from what everyone is saying it flies awesomely. You should check out on of my 'ibles.
jack6914 years ago
i forgot to butterfly the tail and it would spin out flying good plane fun to watch fly
aarij0074 years ago
I designed a new plane and showed how to make it on youtube.Please view this link and tell me how to make it better
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  aarij0074 years ago
Well, getting to know the terminalogy better always helps. Otherwise, I suggest just posting an instructable! :D
legoman3264 years ago
pretty cool :D
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  legoman3264 years ago
Thanks. :)
Tomcat944 years ago
A scout paper airplane? Does it shout "BONK" when it hits you?

Still a great instructable. I love the design!
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  Tomcat944 years ago
Haha, thanks. I'm going to be posting a very similar plane soon too. :D

OrigamiAirEnforcer (author) 4 years ago
For those of you who want another simple-to-operate mini glider similar to this, see my "Tomahawk" instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-The-Tomahawk-Paper-Airplane/).
wert4564 years ago
its cool but wen i throw it goes the wrong way
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  wert4564 years ago
Well, if it flies inverted you might need to add more dihedral to the tail. That should cure any stability issues.
nigelh4 years ago
@hellvig - rename the file to .svg then IExplorer will open it.
hellvig nigelh4 years ago
Thanks! I have a Mac and use Safari, but it still worked. I didn't know .svg was a browser document format.
mpep nigelh4 years ago
Hi Nigelh,

I have tried that but didn't work for me. Any suggestions?
nigelh4 years ago
Hello Helvig,
Well the simple way is to open either Firefox or IExplorer and drag the .svg file and drop it into the window..... that should do it.
Or right click on .svg file and go to properties and change the program to open it by browsing and selecting IExplorer. Hope that helps.
hellvig4 years ago
I cannot open that Glider.svg. What format is it supposed to be in? When I download it, it saves as:
topbag4 years ago
thanxx for support! a lot of diff layouts are here: http://topbag.com.ua