I'm sure many of you were saddened to hear that the space shuttle was partaking in its final mission. I know I was. This Instructible is dedicated to the Space Shuttle and all the knowledge it has given us, all the payload it has delivered to the heavens, and how many dreams it has inspired. Furthermore, this Instructible is dedicated to the entire crew of STS-135 that they may have a safe and memorable mission in the stars.
This miniature space shuttle measures 3 centimeters in wingspan, 4 centimeters in length, and 1.3 centimeters in height, making it one of the smallest paper planes on instructables. It is also easy to build and cheap enough to fit anybody's (defense) budget. However, it is tricky to throw and needs very precise trimming to get a good glide.Once trimmed though, this glider had a respectable glide slope and a very smooth and stable flight. If, for whatever reason, this paper shuttle does not seem to fly, do not hesitate to leave me a message and I will see to it that it flies right. Any recommendations and suggestions are also very much appreciated.
Step 1: Materials
- Light paper, such as writing paper/looseleaf/pad paper is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
- The piece should be at least 4x6 centimeters.
- Use standard staples. They are approximately 1.5 centimeters in length.
- Use a small, sharp pair.
4) Metric Ruler
- Small, clear rulers work the best for this project.
- Mechanical pencils or a well-sharpened wood pencil is ideal.