The Smallest paper Aeroplane on Instructables

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OK, I had to give in and make a paper plane ible eventually.

But it had to be special...
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Step 1: The Paper.

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The secret to a tiny 'plane is thin, light paper.

The thinnest, lightest paper I know is cigarette paper.

You need one paper for one aeroplane.

Disclaimer: I do not smoke. I do not recommend you smoke. Really. It's bad. And expensive.

However, for only 23p (about half a dollar) you can buy a packet of fifty cigarette papers - that's a lot of 'planes.

Step 2: The first fold.

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With the glued edge closest to you, fold the top-right corner over to meet the bottom-left corner.

Crease sharply.

You can slightly dampen the glue to hold the paper in place. Not too damp, or it goes wrinkly and sticks to your lip. That's not pleasant.

Step 3: Down the middle

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Turn the paper round so that the creased edge is nearest to you.

This edge will become the front of the 'plane.

Sharply crease the 'plane down the centre and then open it up again.

Step 4: Shaping the front.

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Look at the cigarette paper.

You should see a crease that was already in the paper when you got it. It forms a V, with the point at the front of the plane.

Fold the two front corners up to meet the pre-existing crease. The crease that was at the front edge should line up along the crease that makes the V.

You now have a point at the front of the 'plane.

Fold this point up to approximately the centre of the 'plane.

Step 5: The body and wings.

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Fold the 'plane in half along the centre crease, with all the previous folds on the outside (this locks the last fold of the previous step in place).

About 3mm from the centre crease, fold both sides down to make the wings.

The 'plane should start to look just like a 'plane now.

Fold the tips of the wings upwards for stability.

The larger the wing-tips you fold up, the straighter the plane will fly, but the smaller they are the longer it stays in the air. It's up to you.
Eric_162 years ago
This is not the smallest Paper Airplane on Instructables.. Sorry to tell you :D
Kiteman (author)  Eric_162 years ago
Find a smaller one that flies!
crayzclown15 years ago
 Is there an age to buy Rolling papers in the US? I'm 15 and don't want any funny looks.
Generally it's smoking age. I live here too, and I've only ever seen rolling papers in smoke shops...which you have to be 18 to enter.
Whoops... here you go!
Cool - why not post an Instructable?
Thanks. OrigamiAirEnforcer has made a nice instructable for the Spirit paper airplane.

I bet rolling paper could make extra teeny tiny versions.

In any case, check out OAE's stuff and the Spirit...
Interesting, I'll give rolling papers a try sometime. I like using post it notes. Cheap and no dirty looks.

In any case, check out my post-it note Spirit paper airplane.

Take care,
how big does the paper need to be when you start
Kiteman (author)  noahlankford5 years ago
Cigarette papers come in fairly standard sizes.
zoltzerino6 years ago
Have you considered putting a heat source underneath it - like an electric heater and maybe a SMALL handheld fan? This could keep it airbourne for longer. I would love it if somebody could try this out. ZZZZ
Dang! that flies!?
Kiteman (author)  christian yeatts6 years ago
Yep! It is very sensitive to tiny changes, but with a lttile care you can hold it high, let go and watch it glide the length of a room.
One last thing though, the fact that even your planes have been relegated to the shed sounds bad...

Since my design can actually gain height from heat updrafts I'd assume yours could fly contentedly around the right places...
Kiteman (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
The plane isn't relegated to the shed, photography is. Kitewife doesn't want our house plastered all over the net. Plus, if I'd made it in the house, the boys would have pinched it before I could focus the camera...
See I'm fairly careful about it on the likes of 'ibles, not to give all away, thankfully I have a white desk and wall beside it. One option maybe be to use a short depth of field or just white out backgrounds in photoshop/gimp/ maybe even just put a blur in the background which puts the attention on the subject...
Kiteman (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Ach, it's easier to stick to the shed, plus, most of the mess stays where it belongs as well.
I suppose so, you may find yourself slowly consuming a room in the house and becoming an unstoppable mess tyrant...
Kiteman (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Unfortunately true, but I was really thinking about sawdust, paint, glue...
Indeed you were...

conspiratorial whispers

At the moment the carpets very glittery because I am filing metal for a project, it's a nuisance but it's kind of interesting...
Kiteman (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
...especially when somebody pads past in bare feet...
ahhhh this is like the 45 time today,lol
KiteKids Kan be Kool like that sometimes.
Epeoples6 years ago
I made an even smaller one. I'll measure it in '09 (It's at a friend's house).
Oh my gosh! I love that book! The JS dart is the best-looking one, though.
globe6 years ago
not the smallest
I have a slightly smaller one but flight is not particularly predictable, goes anywhere from one foot to fifteen feet on a throw. I make these at work along with till catapults... For the square edge papers buy the red packets of Rizla, not the green ones...
Kiteman (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Is that a glider or a dart?

(Thanks for the Rizla info.)
In between design, it's kind of complicated to fold, it leans towards dart design but has a seesaw of lift and speed that can make it fly quite far when it's released perfectly, it with go up and down before running out of energy...
Kiteman (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Well post it, dear boy, post it!
Shall do, by the way, for an even thinner paper use the big silver rizla's, they're about half the weight of the other ones and translucent which makes the plane look cool...
Kiteman (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Finally, something useful comes from being a smoker!
Actually many of my little inventions mightn't have come about had I not been, also cigarettes happen to be made up of some useful materials, the filter is a great flashback arrestor, the tobacco part make an excellent slow burn fuse with a consistent time delay pack to pack, the paper makes good planes...

Don't worry not justifying behaviour, just giving uses for things, that and though smoke is not everyone's favourite smell it has a few helpful uses... Febreeze isn't effective on organic odours but the particles of smoke seem to be, then you febreeze them...

Ps: don't go on holiday before finishing the bread.
Kiteman (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Reason behind the organic odour, first the bag was rolled up so it kind of fermented then eventually made its way out of the bag and stank up the kitchen as well as moulding around the place until it ran out of bread...
Kiteman (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
Well here it is I had no reciepts so I just used a rolling paper to keep in lines with the arms race we may have started...

I know...