Introduction: How to Make the Super StratoVulcan Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and versatile, the Super StratoVulcan is a simple but capable development of the StratoVulcan paper airplane. The Super StratoVulcan is designed to be able to better operate at higher angles than its predecessor, and has reconfigured leading edges like the comparable Turbo Vulcan and AeroVulcan.

Being closely related to the StratoVulcan and being designed around the same time as the Turbo Vulcan and AeroVulcan, the Super StratoVulcan's development period was rather short due to its retention of most of its basis' configuration. Flight testing showed the aircraft's handling as docile, and it was allotted an instructable.

TAA USAF Designation: F292-7

Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Tape
Pencil
Ruler
Optional:
Scissors (additional surfaces only)

Step 2: Length and Nose Folding

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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: Fourth and Nose Folding

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Fold the wingtips into the center and crease. Pull the nose to the trailing edge on the airfoil side. Use your ruler to measure back 1 inch from the resulting crease, then make another mark. After this is done, pull the nose back forward, stopping and creasing at the 1 inch mark you have just made. Unfold this new crease, then pull the leading edges inward as shown. Once they are folded pull the nose forward once again. With this done, fold the fuselage in half along the center crease.

Step 4: Wing, Canard and Winglet Folding

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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 fourth folds 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 to the fourth folds.

Step 5: Taping

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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 Super StratoVulcan.

Step 6: Flight

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Due to its comparable configuration, the Super StratoVulcan flies like the similar Turbo Vulcan paper airplane. Launches should be at neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speeds. A few test flights should be conducted at a variety of speeds to determine how much (if any) trim needs to be inputted. Additional applicable surfaces include flaps, elevators, ailerons, slats, flaperons, elevons, rudders, air brakes, canard trim and an "electronic warfare" tail. Enjoy!

Comments

Aerogriffics (author)2015-08-15

I accidentally modded it through misinterpretation of instructions, now it reminds me of the Valkyrie! Still flies great.

I will have to look into that modification, it looks quite intriguing.

The aircraft, to my eye, looks more like the older StratoVulcan than this instructable's variant. It appears your modified variant lacks the swept leading edges at the leading edge root extensions. Quite fascinating. :)

Just at a curiousity, which Valkyrie do you mean? The XB-70?

Thats the one! After folding the nose down and up again, I pulled the wing up and outwards, as I often do in my designs. It flies incredibly well, In fact it it has already become my favourite. (I used A4 paper, not letter paper)

Could you post an instructable on it?

It's there! Super StratoVulcan mark II

ultimate crazypants (author)2014-02-05

An awesome airplane keep up the good work :)

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