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How To Make The Tomahawk Paper Airplane

Smaller than a child's hand, the Tomahawk is a more advanced--yet simpler variant of the highly successful Scout paper airplane. It has landing skids and has flush spars, giving it better speed and survivability characteristics.

I designed this as a direct follow-on to remedy a few issues I saw facing the Scout over the long run. Although I did find the Scout as an effective <50 flight paper airplane, I found that it deformed by the time 60 flights had been made, so I designed a stronger airplane, which eventually became the Tomahawk.


TAA USAF Designation: D134-1   

 
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Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper
Tape
Scissors
Pencil
Ruler

Step 2: Begin Construction

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First, begin by folding your your graph paper in half (excluding three boxes on the perforated side). Once the paper has been folded appropriately, make two marks--15 full boxes apart. Use a ruler to make a straight line with the length of 15 boxes directly up 1 row of boxes from the two marks you just made.

Then make the tailplane (2 by 5 boxes), counterweight (2 by 3 boxes) and spars (1 by 4 boxes) as shown. Proceed to then make the wings by marking out a high-aspect ratio wing (14 by 2 boxes). Follow the photograph markings. Once all is marked out, cut out the fuselage and wings. 

Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines. 
 

Step 3: Make The Fuselage

The first picture is how your airframe should appear after you've cut it out, but before you've folded it. The second shows how your fuselage should look after it has been folded completely.

Step 5: Apply Tape To The Spars

In preparation of the application of the wings, apply tape on the spars so that the adhesive side faces upwards. These strips of tape will go on to become the sole holders of the wing when the airframe is finished.
do you have to use graph paper
I suppose it could be done with other paper of equivalent thickness and weight, but graph paper helps with ease of measurements.
killer822 years ago
This is pretty awesome... the only problem is that I can't figure out how to glue the wing on :I
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  killer822 years ago
To apply the wing, use tape. Put the tape on the spars, and the overhang will grab the wing.
FrozenIce3 years ago
ummmmm tough? not so sure about that
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  FrozenIce3 years ago
Very tough. Many of this plane's competitors have weak construction. This plane has spars and skids. The Tomahawk is among the toughest planes of this size.
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