Tubular Paper Airplane

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Introduction: Tubular Paper Airplane

This is a simple and safe plane that anyone can make.

Step 1: Finding the Center

Fold in half (corner A to D), then fold opposite corners together (corner B to C) to find the center (just pinch it there). This is important for getting the plane square.

Step 2: First Edge

Image 3: Fold corner A to the center. This is very important to insure symmetry and thus no whacky flight paths.

Step 3: Series of Folds

Images 4 & 5: Fold edge 1 to the center, followed by edge 2 and edge 3.

Step 4: Forming the Triangle

Image 6: Bend the folded section onto the other half of the paper, forming a triangle.

Step 5: Popes Hat

Image 7: Bend corners B & C together forming a circle and tuck one end into the other. It should look something like a Pope hat. Use glue or tape or a staple to keep the corners together.

It's easiest to throw when held as shown in image 7. A slow pitch works better than a knuckle ball hurl so go easy. The curved edges of the tail can be bent for trim, which is likely necessary. On a calm day it will go as far as you care to walk after it. Or don't, you can make 10 for less than the cost of a cold root beer. Happy folding!

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Questions

I grab it where the staple is, and throw over hand with a flick using one finger. :)

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One of the best paper planes ever!!! Thanks for this tutorial!!!!

Woops, I just uploaded an Instructable for this exact same plane. Minor technique variation: I learned to make it with a crossing crease, which both aids in getting the leading edge strip perfectly centered/straight, and forms the elevator incidence to the glide needs no adjustment, just fold, roll, and fly. Oh, and I find it doesn't require a staple to hold the loop closed...

https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Non-Spinning-Circular-Wing-Paper-Glider/

I throw them with my thumb on top and 1st finger on bottom. Hm.