Since the publication of the Gnat in mid-January, I did not roll out any new "drone-fighter" paper airplane designs. Instead, I augmented older designs which culminated in the Strike Hornet and now the SkyManx. One of the major causes of the "fighter gap" following the Super Manx and Gnat has been their great successes. Each demonstrated excellent handling, and have continued to prove very formidable. The SkyManx is an excellent aircraft that can match these two, with the extra advantage of its high wing to add to it all.
The SkyManx is very adaptable, and is great for use as a fighter-interceptor, stunt and/or research testbed airplane.
Some usages for educators could include studies of:
- Glide ratio
- Hangtime versus other aircraft
- Weight and balance
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10 inch graph paper
Step 2: Begin Construction
After the fuselage is made, take another sheet of paper that is folded in half along the lines of boxes. Mark out the wing as shown (2 boxes in length by 4 boxes in width, and a swept portion in front of this box of 1 box eliminated every 4 boxes away from the fuselage). Half of a box in from the wingtip, make a dotted line parallel to the wingtip. Measure 2 boxes along the crease, measure two boxes upwards from one side and the one box forward. Then draw a diagonal line connecting this line the other edge of the line along the crease. Then cut it out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches