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These are paper jets that fly off of a launcher.
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Step 1: The launcher

Picture of The launcher
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The launcher is made from 1/2" PVC. You will need the following fittings, along with some used 2-liter bottles:
  • One 1/2" four-way fitting (all fittings are of the slip variety)
  • Two 1/2" end caps
  • One 1" coupling
  • One 1" by 1/2" bushing
  • One 1/2" 45-degree elbow
The assembly is exactly the same as what I have posted for the stomp rockets, except for the change to the 45-degree elbow. Please see that instructable for additional details on building a launcher.

Step 2: Jet tube PVC form

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In order to make the jet tubes, you will need a blank form. This form will allow you you make jet tubes that will slip nicely over the launch tube, and will also help when finishing the nose section of the plane, as you will see in step 4.

To make a jet form, cut a piece of 1/2" PVC exactly 11 inches. Take a regular sheet of 8.5" by 11" paper and roll it onto the tube, using white glue to glue it tightly in place, flush with the PVC on either end.

Take a 3-inch piece of electrical tape and wrap it neatly around one end of the tube, flush with the end. That's it.

You might want to make a few of these if you plan on having more than one person making jets at a time.
this is cool i am going to try it this summer
Is there a reason you didn't make the wings one piece?
billhorvath3 years ago
This would work well with Make's Compressed Air Rocket Launcher:
seamster (author)  billhorvath3 years ago
Yes it would. I did compressed air rockets in scouts as a kid, and this project was partly inspired by those.
bgepp13 years ago
this is really cool! I love that video. I am sure you were the hero on the block that day! Nice work.

actimm3 years ago
As, in your own words, the rudder doesn't do much, you could simply make the rear wing slightly larger and put about a 30 degree bend in it. This would still give you a certain amount of directional stability and keep you from stressing about trying to tweak the rudder about.
seamster (author)  actimm3 years ago
Definitely, a v-tail would simplify the build even more. Good tip!
Delo973 years ago
This is a GREAT idea! I don't think I'll build the base, because that would be expensive, but the jet/glider is REALLY good, and I'll be probably make some of them out of cereal boxes and wood sticks using your template, and launch them by hand.
chrispix Delo973 years ago
The parts for the launcher should cost less than $10 at Home Depot.
magifarm3 years ago
Yay for Daddy! Your kids must have lots of fun!
rimar20003 years ago
Very nice design!
splazem3 years ago
This is awesome!
What would the range be?
seamster (author)  OrigamiAirEnforcer3 years ago
I made one do barrel rolls that flew straight for about 100 feet. It's one of the clips in the video I think.
earlyflyer3 years ago
I'm stopping at the hardware store for some PVC pipe on the way home today!

Great idea and nicely prepared Instructable.

These look awesome! What a great idea!
PKM3 years ago
At the risk of complicating and adding expense to a brilliantly simple, cheap project, there are some surprisingly small and cheap "spy cameras" around which might make a great addition to these planes.

With or without, though, they look like great fun and I wish I'd had something like this around when I was little!
ynze3 years ago
Pretty cool! We're gonna have lots of fun this summer :)