Introduction: How to Make the HyperMosquito Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and tiny, the HyperMosquito is a nimble "drone fighter" paper airplane made to buzz around the office at high speed.
The HyperMosquito was developed to give origami aviators another choice of a fast miniature aircraft, but its design was based on existing parts to improve commonality and increase simplicity. The fuselage design was recycled from the similar AeroLocustwhile the wing design was carried over from the considerably older Simple SkyMosquito. The hybrid proved itself capable in flight testing and was approved for publication shortly thereafter.
TAA USAF Designation: D433-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper
Step 2: Begin Construction
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--13 full boxes apart (allow for a further box back behind the airframe). Use a ruler to make a straight line with the length of 13 boxes directly up 1 row of boxes from the two marks you just made. Then make the stabilizers, spars and counterweight as shown.
After the fuselage is made, take another sheet of paper that is folded in half along the lines of boxes. Mark out the wing as shown (1 box of constant chord at the root, with a 1 by 3 rectangular trailing edge behind a 2 by 2 box area of wing with a sweep of 1 boxes of chord eliminated every box away from the fuselage). Then cut the wing out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches
Step 3: Making the Fuselage; Stapling
Cut out your fuselage and fold its counterweights into place. Cut along the solid lines and cut off the left fin at the bisected solid line as shown. Once this is done, fold along the vertical dotted line then fold the airplane in half along the center crease once again. Fold the spars down along the dotted horizontal lines then tape where indicated.
After the taping is done, apply one staple in the area of the counterweight as noted in the photograph. Then cut the rear fuselage away below the diagonal line and fold the horizontal stabilizers down.
Step 4: Applying the Wings
Cut out your HyperMosquito's wings and lay them beneath the fuselage. Apply tape where designated to secure them to the fuselage. Apply tape to the LERX joint where noted. This will complete your HyperMosquito.
Step 5: Flight
Due to its conventional layout, the HyperMosquito is forgiving and tends to fly here it is pointed.
Launches should be conducted at neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speed. Additional applicable surfaces include slats, flaps, ailerons, flaperons, elevators and a trimmable rudder. Enjoy!