Introduction: How to Make the Turbo StratoVulcan Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and versatile, the Turbo StratoVulcan is a more advanced development of the popular Super StratoVulcan paper airplane. The Turbo StratoVulcan is optimized as a fighter-interceptor and can quite easily fill that role in anyone's origami air force. As with some of the other latest variants of the Vulcan family, this aircraft features redesigned, high-lift canards for superior high angle of attack performance. Commonality between the Super StratoVulcan and the Turbo StratoVulcan is so great that conversions can be very easily made.
When the Super StratoVulcan's popularity became clear, it became equally clear that more advanced variants were in demand. I began work on the Super StratoVulcan in late October, and development continued in parallel with other Vulcan variants which were similarly augmented. The aircraft completed testing by the beginning of 2014, but publication was delayed due to my desire to present a variety of different aircraft types. Testing showed the Turbo StratoVulcan as very capable and it was cleared for publication shortly thereafter.
TAA USAF Designation: F292-12
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: Fourth and Nose Folding
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. After this is done, open the nose fold as shown, then make the folds as pictured. Tuck these folds into themselves, then into the nose flap as you fold it back down again.
Step 4: Wing, Canard and Winglet Folding
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
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 Turbo StratoVulcan.
Step 6: Flight
The Turbo StratoVulcan flies like the Super StratoVulcan it was developed from, so anyone experienced with the latter should have little difficulty transitioning to the former. Launches should be at neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speed. 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!