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Silly little glider made from office junk.

you'll need
foam core board
double sided tape
bamboo skewer
and a paper clip

Btw this isn't my first instructable, flame on

 
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Step 1: Strip the foam core

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soak the foam core in some water with a bit of soap for about 2 hours. You can then fairly easily peel off the paper facing, you want to use the 3mm foamcore if you have it but thicker should work.


Step 2: Cut some wings

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I didn't measure, the wings are about 3x16 inches each, I then scored a couple of parallel lines under each wing with a blunt pencil to add some camber to the wings.

Step 3: Make the body

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The body consists of a bamboo skewer split in half and a piece of foam core folded into an angle with wings. attach the skewer to the piece of foam.

Step 4: Attach the body to the wings

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The wings are joined together with some scotch tape and the body attached with double sided tape. With care assembly can result with a little dihedral in the wing.

Step 5: Make a canard

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The canard is bigger than a business card sized, too big and the weight needed at the front is excessive, too small and the lift is insufficient.

Step 6: Balance

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Balance with a paperclip on the skewer. No i can't give an exact location.

Step 7: Find a high place

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And throw it off.



Yes it's a canard, every one of my co-employees said "but it's flying backwards" arrgh!
is nice
One of my sons is obsessed with paper airplanes and is currently outside building this one. he is "tinkering it up" a bit. We have foam core board, but it is 5mm, so we are adjusting some of the areodynamics a bit, but he'll get it. Thanks for the great idea!!! (By the way...he's 10)
raul383 years ago
Nice design, I make a glider with out fuselage
jellypop13 years ago
I tried and failed, added a head and blue tack onto it, works great!
btw, does ur foam core crack when you bend it?
Sí, yo también lo hacen mucho! : D
FrozenIce4 years ago
your fingers look hert in the second picture with a cut
XeeeLoo5 years ago
 buenisimo, asi se hace! me gusto mucho =D
lieuwe5 years ago
you can make these plains fly further by reducing lift, currently it's in a permanent stall(goes down, makes speed, goes up, goes slower again, etc)
J@50n5 years ago
wait....why did they say it was flying backwards? in the movie i cant tell, is the small part in front or back?
Tool Using Animal (author)  J@50n5 years ago
in front, it is a canard.
o i c how they could have said that!
thing 25 years ago
nice instructable some time i will make this!
AznPanda5 years ago
This is a great instructable :D
Runnerdude7 years ago
very nice. How about attaching a motor and proppeler from a hobby store? by the way, why strip the foam core. why not use something else?
i agree
sgt.paper7 years ago
it looks like to me in the video its atatched to strings
rimar20008 years ago
Nice glider. I have one in http://rimar2000.com.ar/sailor.htm.

It is spanish, but you will be able to understand it
Thanks, you are very kind.
mando_jtt8 years ago
Its NOT flying backwards, they are just THINKING backwards.
the movy looks really good!
dyermaker88 years ago
I fail to see how a bamboo skewer is an office supply. How about coffee stirrers and tape?
Tool Using Animal (author)  dyermaker88 years ago
where I work, a bamboo skewer IS an office supply. ;-) I'd suggest a soda straw, just hazarding a guess that it would be lighter and stronger than coffee stirrers and tape.
Really cute. Just wondering, what gave you the idea to make it a canard? Are they more stable as gliders or something?
I did it to save weight, I didn't prove that it saves weight, but I think it does. If I did the rudder and elevator in the back, I'd have had to counter balance that mass out front, and I assumed the weight penalty was great.
awesome!
mrmath8 years ago
Nothing to flame about. You did a good job on your instructable.