Introduction: How to Make the UltraHyperceptor Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and small, the UltraHyperceptor is an improved variant of the Hyperceptor featuring improvements developed for use on the similar Nakamura Eagle.

The UltraHyperceptor resulted from my decision to apply the new folding techniques and patterns developed for the Nakamura Eagle. This was done because the original Hyperceptor had a comparable shape to the Nakamura Lock from which the Nakamura Eagle had been developed. Flight testing with the modifications showed the 2011 Hyperceptor was made quite competitive with contemporary designs. Due to its relative simplicity and good handling, the aircraft was approved for publication following the completion of testing.

TAA USAF Designation: F351-1

Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper

Tape

Optional:

Pencil (for additional surfaces only)

Ruler (for additional surfaces only)

Scissors (for additional surfaces only)

Step 2: Width and Corner Folding; Security Fold Preparation

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Start making your UltraHyperceptor by folding it in half along its width. Then on one of the halves, fold the corner down to the half fold. Then on the same side, fold the other corner down to the half fold. Pull the paper down along the creases and then at the cross, reverse the paper overlapping to the other side over to its own side. Repeat on the other side. Once done, flatten the triangle sitting near the back out.

Step 3: Airfoil and Security Folding

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Fold the forward edges of the security folds down to the creases, then tuck the paper back underneath itself. Fold the aircraft up in half then measure 0.75 inches forward of the trailing edge along the wings' edges. Measure 1.5 inches from the center crease along the leading edge of the aircraft and make a mark. Connect those two marks with creases. Pull the security fold forward along the triangle's straight edge. Tuck the airfoil folds into the security fold's pockets.

Step 4: Wing and Nose Folding; Taping

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Begin this step by folding the leading edges of the wings down to the center crease as shown. After doing this on both sides, unfold the paper. Pull the tip of the nose backward and up to the wing root creases and align it, then crease and unfold. Open the airplane and pull the tip back into the fuselage by reversing the folds as pictured. Fold the airplane up in half again, then pull the nose backward until the leading edge of the fold aligns with the crease made by the reversed tip fold. Repeat on the other side. After doing this, pull the nose fold open as shown. The nose fold should be limited along the wings' leading edges by the wings' internal structure and by the edge of the reversed tip fold as shown. Align these folds on each side to ensure congruency. Tuck the lower edges of these new folds into the nose fold as pictured. The second tucking will be more difficult than the first--this is normal. After both sides' nose folds have been tucked into the reversed tip fold, restore the wing fold as shown. Repeat on the other side. Next, tape where designated. This will complete the aircraft.

Step 5: Flight

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The UltraHyperceptor flies very similar to the Nakamura Lock and Nakamura Eagle darts before it; as a result, the aircraft can be relied upon for quite docile handling and flying where pointed. The UltraHyperceptor can be launched at neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speeds. Additional applicable surfaces include flaps, elevators, ailerons, slats, flaperons, elevons, air brakes, a rudder and an "electronic warfare" tail. Enjoy!

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