This instructable, inspired by the proliferation of micro-sized paper airplanes, contains instructions for building a miniature sailplane out of paper and a staple. It has a fuselage measuring 40 millimeters, a wingspan of 60 millimeters, and a height of 7 millimeters. Despite its small size, it has surprisingly good aerodynamics, which is due to the fact that it shares similar dimensions and attributes with full-size sailplanes. This includes:

- High aspect-ratio (long and thin) wings for increased lift with less induced drag
- Slender and streamlined fuselage for less drag
- T-tail empennage/stabilizers for effective pitch and yaw stability
- Dihedral for roll stability

Due to these attributes, this small glider can glide for substantial distances, perform tight aerobatics, and even gain some altitude on thermals created from heaters.

Much effort, time, and prototyping has been done on this design to ensure that it is easy to build, easy to trim, and flies well. If there is any flaw or area that could use improvement, do not hesitate to put recommendations in the comments section. In addition, I have designs for smaller and more complicated paper gliders, and these can be made into instructables upon community request ;-).

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.
Thanks!mine doesn't fly more than a meter or so but I loved it!
sweet idea,cool ible, but I took it to the next level by going "pro" added heat-shrinked to the front added tape for support and colored it.I even made my own box!
That is so cute (:
<p>This is amazing!!!!! (although mine did not really fly far, it turns right after a meter or something and it will land) Please make more cool paper plane tutorials, I really like making stuff like this......</p>
<p>great, ible perfect</p>
great...!!! :D worked fine.. bt didnt fly for long...
Maybe you could lower the wing position to maybe mid wing or bottom wing and create a flair on the ends where the control surfaces are (wings and tail plane)<br>Plus a fuselage like a jet would make it more aerodynamic therefore faster <br><br>Awesome job
It's really awesome!!! It flies really well! Good job. I accidentally put the wings on backwards but it still works
the glider kept turning right after flying straight for about 1.5 meters and I can't figure out which wing or elevator to tweak. Any ideas?
Bend the rudder left and it should flight straight. It is the little vertical surface in the back. <br>https://missions.capnhq.gov/ops/DOT/school/L23CockpitFam/images/rudder.jpg
drooling...can't wait to make it....hope I don't mess it up.....but then, you can never tell with post its.
Thanks so much for what I consider the best written Instructable I have ever read.<br>And the plane design is outstanding as well.<br><br>Ever thought about designing a mico-Post-It helicopter-ish device?<br><br>Headdead
Would <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-The-Hoverfly-Paper-Airplane/" rel="nofollow">this</a> and/or <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-The-Hurricane-Paper-Airplane/" rel="nofollow">this</a> be the type of micro-helicopter you had in mind? :?
please do the F22 RAPTOR!!!!!!!!!
top right - is that whtie one an X-Wing??
why not try one like this ??? ( i made a instructable for it )
Very nice work, <br><br>I want to attempt it!
Tell me how it goes! If there are any problems, please also let me know.
can some one tell me how to fly it
can some one tell me how to fly it
i can't make it fly will
With a 1280x1024 screen resolution, save the template image into mspaint and reduce the horizonat and vertical size by 38%. Print. Now you have the exact template size.
just print out the template and fold it in half on the line
thank you verry much i am just wondering how did you come up with the idea??
I used to make really small paper planes, but needed tape/glue to hold them together. One day I used a staple, and it worked really well :)
Excellent... :) :)<br>
i threw it out my window and it glided for adges and then it hit a puddle :(<br>
poor guy :(
Is it okay to use a 0.5mm pen, or do I HAVE to use a sharp pencil?
as long as the lines you draw are accurate, you can use any writing utensil.
very small i even can't throw it
Just put it in the palm of your hand and launch it upward. Works every time :)
Concur with the wingtip post below. I'd say 50% better range and stability. Cut's down on the tendency to loop or spiral.
If the plane loops/spirals, just bend the little piece of paper in front of the staple in the direction you want the plane to go(opposite direction of the spiral). It works!
I've also tried the wingtips and have had good results. I'll try to incorporate wingtips in future models.
Best Boredom Buster ever!
For those who want to print directly from the website (I didn't see the PDF until after) the scale is 40%.
cool!!!!!!!!!! i like it :)
cool i want one<br>
Is the 15mm measurement at the front to the start of the arc, or the very front of the plane?
The very front of the arc. If it helps draw the nose as a rectangle and then add the arc afterwards.
Also, if I multiply the dimensions by 2 (my brother insists, although I know most of the charm is in the minitureality, if that's a word), do I just put 2 staples on, or do I have to apply some mathematique?
If you multiply dimensions by 2 on a square, it gets 4 times bigger (for example 3x3=9 and multiply by 2 - 6x6=36, 36 is 4 times more then 6, well you get it :P) so I'd say put 4 staples
Ahhh, yes. I forgot a basic principle of geometry. Rather concerning, as I have exams in a few days
Yaaaah! I made one, threw it, and it landed, then CHOMP! My dog got it! :( O well, I will just go make another 1

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