Introduction: How to Make the Wasp Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and very agile, the Wasp is a compact "drone" paper airplane, with a wingspan of only 6 centimeters. One of the smallest airplanes on Instructables.com to begin with, the Wasp also sticks out due to its unique inverse delta wing shape.

The Wasp is a largely unchanged variation of the popular Hornet paper airplane (https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-The-Hornet-Paper-Airplane/). Because it retained almost all of the same structure as the Hornet, the Wasp proved to be a largely conservative design, save for the new wing mount. I designed this plane because of its design's potential agility and commonality with the Hornet.


TAA USAF Designation: D139-1

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--17 full boxes apart. Use a ruler to make a straight line with the length of 17 boxes directly up 1 row of boxes from the two marks you just made. Then make the elevators, rudder, struts and counterweight as shown. Follow the photograph markings. Out of a piece of graph paper that has a lined center crease, make a diagonal mark that stretches 5 by 5 boxes. Once all is marked out, cut out the fuselage and wings.

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


Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches

Step 3: Making the Rudder

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Begin making your rudder by separating it from the elevators. Then cut one of the two layers of paper where the rudder should be off (I usually cut off the left myself). After you've cut these 6 boxes (3 by 2) off, you may discard them.

Step 4: Making the Fuselage

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After having cut out all of the fuselage. Begin folding it along the dotted lines. After you've folded all the lines correctly, it should appear as it does in the third picture.

Step 5: Taping the Fuselage

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Now tape your fuselage together at the front, back and across the spars.

Step 6: Make the Wing

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Cut your wing out by cutting along that diagonal line you made earlier. Then open. You may throw the one side's scraps away after the cut. Once the wing is unfolded, make a mark down the center crease.

Step 7: Install the Wing; Final Tweaks

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Put your wing down so that the centers of the spars rest over roughly the 2.5 box mark. The straight edge of the wing should be forward. Then apply tape to the spars, with the overhang latching the bottom of the wing. Once taped, cut off any overhanging excess. To finish your Wasp, give your wing and horizontal stabilizers a slight dihedral deflection. (A checkflight should determine how much you will need).

Be sure you do not damage the vertical stabilizer while applying the wing!

Step 8: Flight

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Although it utilizes a wholly new wing shape, the Wasp flies similar to the straight-wing Pioneer (https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-The-Pioneer-Paper-Airplane/) and Condor (https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-The-Condor-Paper-Airplane/) before it. Due to its forward-swept delta wingform, the Wasp flies with great agilty and stability. Even with the standard angle of incidence and deflection on the horizontal stabilizers, the Wasp is easily able to fly long ranges. These stabilizers can be modified for other levels of performance. Enjoy!

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