Introduction: How to Make the SkyVulcan Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and versatile, the SkyVulcan is a very capable paper airplane, suitable for most any flights. Developed from the Super Vulcan, the SkyVulcan has enlarged leading edge root extensions (LERX) for better handling at high angles of attack. The SkyVulcan can serve as a suitable successor for older types like the StratoEagle.
The SkyVulcan came as a result of development within the Vulcan family for more variants with different performance. The SkyVulcan is a derivative of the Super Vulcan with the centers of gravity and lift move further forward to alter performance characteristics (to allow the two aircraft to have more diverse ranges of operation between them). Upon the success of its test flights, the SkyVulcan was allotted its own instructable.
TAA USAF Designation: F292-3
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Scissors (additional surfaces only)
Step 2: Length and Nose Folding
Fold your paper in half length-wise. Then pull the paper down so that the crease stretches from the fold at the front you just made and the corner of the paper on the other side. Repeat on the other side. Once this is completed, pull the overhanging paper back above the center crease made earlier. Fold the edges of these sections down over the center crease as shown, then pull the triangular tip of the nose back over them.
Step 3: Nose, Canard, Wing and Winglet Folding
Begin this step by pulling the nose backward until the leading edge of the nose touches the trailing edge of the wing. Make a mark 0.75 inches in from this fold. Then reverse the fold up to this mark and make a crease as shown. Once done, fold the fuselage in half along the center crease. Make marks 1 inch from the center crease and 1 inch from the wingtip along the trailing edge of the wing. Fold down the canards whilst keeping their leading edges aligned with the nose to maintain an angle of incidence of zero degrees. Following this, fold down the wings at the mark you made previously. Align the trailing edges of the wings with that of the fuselage to keep the angle of incidence at zero degrees. After this is finished, fold the wingtips down at the marks you made previously.
Step 4: Taping
Apply tape to the nose above and below the canard, as well as to the LERX-wing joint. Then apply tape to the rear of the fuselage and over the wing root near the trailing edge. Once this has been done, apply tape to the canard folds to secure them to the fuselage. This will complete your SkyVulcan.
Step 5: Flight
Like the Super Vulcan, the SkyVulcan is a quite fast but fairly simple airplane, just as the original Vulcan was. The SkyVulcan can be launched at (very slightly) negative, neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speeds. Additional applicable surfaces include flaps, elevators, ailerons, slats, flaperons, elevons, rudders, air brakes, canard trim and an "electronic warfare" tail. Enjoy!
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