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Long ago, before the internet was invented, we used to make these paper airplanes out of paper torn from our notebooks in class. It looks great and flies ...
To keep the tradition alive, I shall build this plane out of scavenged paper - from a magazine. The first step is to tear off (or cut) a ...
Now fold the paper diagonally as shown in the picture. This forms one fold needed for the plane, and also to mark a square shape.
Now fold the bottom part upwards. This puts a fold exactly where the rectangular piece of paper may be cut to make it into a square one. The ...
Now open up both folds, and tear off or cut at that straight fold. You will end up with a large square piece, to make the body of ...
Now fold the paper along the other diagonal and open it up again. You will have a square piece of paper with folds along the two diagonals.
Turn the paper over, so that you are looking at the back of the folds you just made.
Fold the paper in half, so that the three folds cross each other at the centre of the square. Open it up, again.
It's magic. There is no other explanation, since the paper will automatically fold itself into a sort of triangular hat shape with four leaves at this point. If ...
Now you take the two top 'leaves' and fold them forward, diagonally. This will form the fuselage of the plane.
The ends of the triangular pieces you have just folded are folded inwards to make the two engines. Keep them small if you want performace. Or make them ...
Now assemble the plane. Take that rectangular piece of paper you did not throw away when you cut it off and insert it into the body of the ...
Now pull those two last fold out so that they look like jet engine nascelles. Put a dihedral on the wings by folding lengthwise. This also stiffens the ...
That's it, have fun. The plane is best launched by an overhand throw, nose pointed slightly downward. It shoud swoop close to the ground, then climb because of ...
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