This Instructable is a thank you for all those who liked the Staple Sailplane and were looking for something a little more challenging. Many pilots will tell you that the planes they remember the most are the ones they first learned in. Because of this, I decided to do my next glider in the shape of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, the plane I am currently using for my private pilot. This glider is smaller than its sailplane brother, measuring 40 millimeters in fuselage length, 53 millimeters in wingspan, and 8 millimeters in height. It is also slightly less aerodynamically adept than its sailplane counterpart, due to its short and wide wings and stubby empennage. It is, however, fairly stable and forgiving, much like the real C-172. Hope all of you enjoy it and post any suggestions, concerns, corrections, recommendations, and pictures in the comments section!

Step 1: Materials

1) Paper
- Most paper or post-its will work.
- The piece should be at least 4x6 centimeters.
- The piece should also have about the same thickness and weight of computer paper.

2) Stapler
- Use standard staples. They are approximately 1.5 centimeters in length.

3) Scissors
- Use a small, sharp pair.

4) Metric Ruler
- Small, clear rulers work the best for this project.

5) Pencil
- Mechanical pencils or a well-sharpened wood pencil is ideal.
<p>I made it!, it was easy following your Instructable. Thanks!</p>
<p>man looks really cool.</p>
<p>It'd idint fly whith me</p>
<p>it it</p>
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<p>nice plane but some times it flys when it wants to but i like it </p>
It glides very well and it is very well constructed
can you make a mini staple Boeing 747-8
i make a big plane fuck!! <br>
Would you be able to make the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_A-4_Skyhawk" rel="nofollow">Douglas A-4 Skyhawk</a>? I have a diagram for it <a href="http://www.instructables.com/file/FMS6N47GWKKNJYP/" rel="nofollow">here</a>. Thanks.
i built it!!
can u make more of them? <br>
My first was a Cessna 150.
I think 1/8 is a little too accurate for my fingers, but I'll give it a shot!<br>Awesome glider by the way :D
I flew a cessna 172 for air cadets, and that was really fun! this is an awesome model! <br>
Does this fly ?
Yup! check the youtube video on step 12!
lift is made by air being turned down. newtons law. not bernoullian
Newtonian lift (air being deflected downward as a result of angle of attack) constitutes only a part of total lift. The difference in pressure between the top and bottom of the wing DOES play a significant part in the production.<br>http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/bernnew.html
how do you put on the wheels?
I cut them out of paper, colored them, and attached them to the fuselage with superglue. Afterwards, I gave them a light coat of superglue to reinforce them.
WEWT new orange scissors.
How far do you put the flaps on the wings
They are the same length as the flaps. Hope this helps!
This may sound dumb but i don't know what 4x6 sized paper is. could you give me it in ruler measurment plz
The paper should measure 4 centimeters (1 1/2 inches) in length and 6 centimeters (2 /12 inches) in height. Hope this helps!
umm... where is the template?
The template is the picture above. I'll try to make a pdf version as soon as I can.
Thats just awesome!
it was so cool man it can fly clean and strait<br>
will do will do :)
what angle is that back fin supposed to be at it looks parallel to the end of the fuselage
The back fin, or the vertical stab, is parallel to the fuselage. Hope this helps!
This is my second paper clip plane and this thing flies the best and straightest.
glad to hear that it flies well!
If i print off the template for this, how many staples should i use?
did your plane fly?
Yeah. I didn't need to staple it. I just put some glue inside of it.
If you scale the template down to the correct proportions, you will only need one staple. If you print it out at a bigger size, keep adding staples until the glider's center of gravity is in the middle of the wings.
ok thx.
Dude mine never flew but it made a nice desk toy.
Don't give up man! Make a couple of them, and keep tinkering with them. Chances are one of them is going to fly. If you need help, just send me a message.
its awsome except for one thing. its too delicate <br>
Yeah, these little planes aren't the most rugged. You can try increasing th thickness of the paper if it helps.
Hahh.. it's too beautiful... like a jewel... <br>A Masterpiece!
Thanks! Glad you liked it!
you're from riddle? nice to see someone from erau on Instructables.
Yup, Daytona Campus! I'm trying to get my friends to post Instructables, the stuff they make is awesome. :-D

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