Introduction: How to Make the Turbo Buffalo Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and simple, the Turbo Buffalo is an easy to make paper airplane developed from the Buffalo. It is meant as an interim aircraft for newer origami aviators, bridging the gap in complexity between simple types like the Super Sabre and more advanced types like the Vulcan series.
The Turbo Buffalo was developed shortly after the original Buffalo was published. The very conventional design proved itself docile in testing and to possess capability to back its simplicity. However, I decided to shelf the design for sometime afterward due to the apparent disinterest of viewers in the simple Buffalo. As it has been some time since I have posted a simple paper airplane, I resolved in late January 2015 that the Turbo Buffalo would be published. With the design out, I believe new origami aviators will find the design a good stepping stone to more advanced types.
TAA USAF Designation: F352-3
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch paper
Scissors (for additional surfaces only)
Ruler (for additional surfaces only)
Step 2: Length and Corner Folding
Take your paper and fold it along its length. Then pull the corners in and fold their creases into the center. Fold the corner folds upward again, then pull their leading edges into the center as shown.
Step 3: Nose and Wing Folding; Taping
Pull the tip of the nose to the rear edges of the airfoils and make a crease. Open the nose and airfoil folds, then pull the airfoil folds' rear edges into their creases as shown and restore the original folds. Fold the nose inside underneath its own reach as depicted in the fourth and fifth pictures. Tuck the paper into the trapezoidal nose fold as shown in the sixth photo.
Align the leading edge of the wing with the bottom of the fuselage and crease to make the left wing and repeat on the other side to make the right wing. Tape where designated. This will complete your Turbo Buffalo.
Step 4: Flight
The Turbo Buffalo flies, like most similarly shaped darts, in the direction it is pointed at a moderately fast speed. Launches should be done at neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speeds. It is recommended that you conduct test flights to determine if any trimming is needed. Additional applicable surfaces include ailerons, elevators, air brakes and an "electronic warfare" tail.