Introduction: How to Make the Super StratoStinger Paper Airplane
Fast, small and simple, the Super StratoStinger is a nimble "drone-fighter" paper airplane meant to complement its namesake, the smaller StratoStinger, and the more complex Serpent.
The Super StratoStinger was designed to fill the gap between the simple StratoStinger and the more complex Serpent, due to the differences in wing loading between the two. I developed the Super StratoStinger to take advantage of the better parts of each design. In keeping with the goal of maximum simplicity, I recycled the wing design of the Serpent and mated it with the airframe of the Super StratoCardinal. The design proved to be capable and was approved for publication shortly thereafter.
TAA USAF Designation: D334-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper (4 boxes per inch)
Step 2: Begin Construction
Fold your paper in half so that half a box is at the crease line. Make a mark, then measure 6 boxes back and make another mark. From this second mark, measure half a box up, three boxes behind. From this third mark, measure and mark 3 boxes upwards over 1 box backwards. One box in front of and below the last mark; then make a line stretching two boxes forward from this fifth mark. Beyond this, the pictures explain the other marks needed with less confusion--better than I can explain with words. Once all is marked out, cut out the fuselage.
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 (1 boxes in length by 8 boxes in width, and a swept portion in front of this box of 1 box eliminated every box toward the front of the fuselage). Then cut the wing out. Measure 2 boxes along the crease, measure two boxes upwards from one mark and make another point. Then draw a diagonal line connecting this new mark to the one further away. From the mark you just made, measure one box further away from the one now connected to the line and make a mark. Sketch a line between this mark and the other mark along the crease. Then cut the horizontal stabilizers out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches
Step 3: Making the Fuselage
Begin constructing your fuselage by folding the counterweights into the fuselage. Once they have been folded, unfold the fuselage and cut off the right vertical stabilizer. Once this is done, restore the fold. After doing this, fold the vertical stabilizer forward along the dotted line that indicates the center of what will be the slot for the horizontal stabilizers, then cut. After this cut has been made, cut away the bottom of the fuselage beneath the diagonal line near the rear of the fuselage. Following this cut, cut along the vertical line of the ventral fins. Apply tape where designated and fold the ventral fins as shown.
Step 4: Applying the Wings and Horizontal Stabilizers; Stapling
Cut out your Super StratoStinger's wings and lay them beneath the fuselage. Apply tape where designated to secure them to the fuselage. After securing the wings, cut out the horizontal stabilizers. Thread them through their slit and then secure them with tape as designated. Apply one staple to the counterweight area of the Super StratoStinger to complete it.
Step 5: Flight
The Super StratoStinger flies similar to its namesake and other comparable drone interceptors; anyone with experience with the StratoGnat, StratoMite or StratoStinger should have very little difficulty in handling the aircraft.. Launches should be at high speed at neutral or positive attitudes. The elevator trim and the ventral fins may need adjustment, so test flights are highly recommended. Additional applicable surfaces include slats, flaps, elevators and a trimmable rudder. Enjoy!
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