Introduction: How to Make the Super Starfighter Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and nimble, the Super Starfighter is a refined, more capable variant of the Simple Starfighter drone fighter paper airplane, meant to fly at high speed.

Following the success of the StratoFang's canard configuration, I decided to refit similar designs with the layout. The Simple Starfighter fit this bill and was also popular, so it became the first design selected for modification. The StratoFang's airframe was retained while the Starfighter's wing was kept. Flight testing proved the new fit was a success and the stability of the new design featured greater stability than the Simple Starfighter at high speeds. Publication was approved shortly thereafter.

TAA USAF Designation: D392-1

Step 1: Materials

1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper






Step 2: Begin Construction

Fold your paper in half so that half a box is at the crease line. Make two marks 8 boxes from one another and mark out the fuselage as shown. The counterweight should be made as a 2 by 3 rectangle with the vertical stabilizer two boxes behind it. Behind the counterweight folds, make the canards as shown by copying all lines as shown. Measure 1 box forward along the half box line and and make a mark; then make a solid horizontal line 5 boxes from it as shown. 2.5 boxes from either end of the solid horizontal line, make a vertical, perpendicular dotted line.

After the fuselage is made, take another sheet of paper that is folded in half along the lines of boxes. Mark out the wing as shown (1 boxes in length by 6 boxes in width, and a swept portion in front of this box of 3 boxes of span eliminated every 4 boxes of chord toward the front of the fuselage). Then cut the wing out.

Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.

Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches

Step 3: Making the Fuselage

Cut out your fuselage and fold its counterweights into place. Cut off the extra vertical fin (but do not damage the canards in doing so). Cut along the solid line depicting the leading edge of the vertical fin and the trailing edges of the canards. Once this is done, fold along the vertical dotted line and cut along the solid horizontal line. Once the cut has been made, undo the fold, fold down the canards and tape where designated.

Step 4: Applying the Wings; Stapling

Cut out your wings and fold along the dotted lines made on them earlier. String the wings through the slit made earlier, then apply tape where designated. Apply one staple in the area of the counterweight then apply tape to the struts of the canards at the wings' surfaces as shown. This will complete the aircraft.

Step 5: Flight

The Super Starfighter has good handling and is easily flown; anyone with experience with the Simple Starfighter or StratoFang should be able to transition fairly easily. Launches should be done at neutral or positive attitudes at medium to high speed. Launches can be done at a positive attitude, but launch speed should be increased (range may be reduced). Test flights should be conducted to see if any trim is required. Additional applicable surfaces include slats, flaps, flaperons, elevators, ailerons, spoilers, spoilerons, air brakes and a trimmable rudder. Enjoy!