Since the Starship was designed, I grappled with the idea of a simplified Starship with less complexity in construction. To do this, I decided to eliminate one set of horizontal stabilizers. During the design phase, it was determined that the canards would be retained while the rear horizontal stabilizers would be discarded. In addition, to save weight, I decided to have the canards strung through the fuselage, rather than mounted on spars. To reduce wing loading, I enlarged the wing of the Starship by adding an extra inboard row to the main wing for greater lifting area. To compensate for the increased wing area and absence of the rear horizontal stabilizers--as well as improve performance at high speed--I decided to fit the design with twin vertical stabilizers. The design of these fins was recycled from that of the F/A-18 Hornet replica in order to reduce complexity. I prototyped the concept, and with some minor modifications, it was ready to fly.
TAA USAF Designation D305-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 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 (3 by 6 boxes, plus 1 row of boxes at the crease). Beyond the first row, the rate of chord decay on the leading edge should be 2 boxes of chord every 3 boxes of span. Beyond the first row, the rate of chord decay on the trailing edge should be 1 box every 3 boxes of span. Then mark out the horizontal stabilizers as 2 by 3, plus a swept portion with a sweep of 1 box of chord decaying every 3 boxes outwards from the wing root. To make the canards, measure 3 boxes at the root; the rate of chord decay on the leading edge should be 1 box of chord every 2 boxes of span. The rate of chord decay on the trailing edge should be 1 box every 4 boxes of span. Then cut these out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches