How to Make the Super StratoBolt Paper Airplane

Introduction: How to Make the Super StratoBolt Paper Airplane

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Fast, long range and small, the Super StratoBolt is a compact paper airplane with great speed and versatility. The Super StratoBolt is intended as a successor to its namesake, the StratoBolt, as a small, fast "drone cruiser" paper airplane. While it continues to usage of the name, the two have little in common.

The Super StratoBolt recycled the Serpent's fuselage design and used one of the standard types of horizontal stabilizers. Adding to the development reductions, the main wing is based off that of the SkyLocust. With this high degree of commonality, development of the Super StratoBolt was rapid.

TAA USAF Designation: D298-1

Step 1: Materials

1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch graph paper

Step 2: Begin Construction

Start construction of your Super StratoBolt by sketching out the design featured in the first picture. The graph paper this is made on should have one set of boxes folded in half at its crease. The fuselage is 10 boxes in length and has a counterweight of 3 by 2 boxes. One box from the rear of the fuselage, make a solid line along the graph line 0.5 boxes above the crease that stretches 2 boxes forward. Then 2 boxes inwards from the rear of the fuselage, make a dotted vertical line. The layout of the lines is complex, so it is easier to show than explain. Then cut it out.

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 box of constant chord at the root, a 2 by 3 box area of wing with a sweep of 2 boxes of chord eliminated every 3 boxes away from the fuselage with a 1 by 3 box area behind this swept section and a trailing edge sweep of 1 box of chord every 3 boxes away from the fuselage).

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

1 box = 0.25 inches

Step 3: Making the Fuselage

Cut out your fuselage and fold its counterweights into place. 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. At this point, fold down the spars and landing gear, and then fold the vertical fins up. Now tape where designated.

Step 4: Applying the Wings and Horizontal Stabilizers; Stapling

Cut out your wings and lay them out flat. Align the fuselage over top so the spars align with the wing as shown. Then apply tape. Cut off any excess. Flip the aircraft over and apply tape to the leading edge of the wing above the leading edge root extensions.

Cut out your horizontal stabilizers and slide them through the slit in the fuselage you made earlier. When through, fold them up and apply tape to the underside; then fold down. Apply one staple in the area of the counterweight. This will have completed your aircraft.

Step 5: Flight

Like the original StratoBolt, the Super Stratobolt is a quick paced aircraft. Launch for the Super StratoBolt should be done at neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speed. Nose up elevator trim may be necessary; determine if this is required with some test flights. Additional applicable surfaces include slats, flaps, spoilers, ailerons, elevators, air brakes and trimmable rudders. Enjoy!

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