Introduction: How to Make the Super StratoScout Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and aerodynamic, the Super StratoScout is a "drone cruiser" paper airplane with large, slightly swept wings to give it good speed and glide characteristics.

To increase range without compromising too much speed of the StratoScout, I decided to fit a new wing to that aircraft's fuselage. To make the wing fit the specifications as well as the unchanged StratoScout fuselage, the new wing featured reduced sweepback which would enable superior glide performance whilst retaining good high speed performance. When the prototypes were fitted with the wing, it proved to be a good mix. The aircraft proved itself in testing and was cleared for publication.

TAA USAF Designation: D424-1

Step 1: Materials

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Required:
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper

Scissors

Ruler

Tape

Pencil

Stapler

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--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 (2 boxes of chord at the root, by 6 boxes in width, with a leading edge sweep of 2 boxes of chord eliminated every 5 boxes away from the fuselage root (past the inboard most box) and a trailing edge sweep of 1 box of chord every 6 boxes from the root). 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

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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, cut the rear fuselage away below the diagonal line. Fold the horizontal stabilizers down then apply one staple in the area of the counterweight as noted in the photograph.

Step 4: Applying the Wings

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Cut out your Super StratoScout'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 Super StratoScout.

Step 5: Flight

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The Super StratoScout flies cruises quickly while maintaining an excellent glide ratio; origami aviators with experience with preceding StratoScout or similar aircraft like the Super SkyScout and AeroScout should be able to make a relatively easy transition to the Super StratoScout.

Launches should be done at neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speeds. Test flights should be conducted to see what trim (if any) is required. Additional applicable surfaces include ailerons, elevators, flaps and a trimmable rudder. Enjoy!

Comments

TheodoreS3 (author)2016-12-19

Made it. It's really small and doesn'tfly very well, though.

When made and configured as the tutorial shows, the airplane should fly at least ~25 feet. Mind you, it should not be flown in windy conditions.

-OAE

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