Introduction: How to Make the Turbo Asteroid Paper Airplane
Fast, small and nimble, the Turbo Asteroid is a tiny drone fighter paper airplane developed from the very similar, low wing Asteroid.
The Turbo Asteroid was developed in parallel with the Asteroid, as I have learned that high wing designs with spars tend to be well liked--despite slightly greater complexity. The addition of spars had a negligible performance; while the design's center of gravity did change slightly, the lack of change in its center of lift means that the former alteration can be controlled with trim. The major change with the addition of spars was greater wing strength. Flight testing went along smoothly and the aircraft was earmarked an instructable slot.
TAA USAF Designation: D366-2
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 a mark, then measure 6 boxes back and make another mark. From this second mark, measure half a box up, three boxes behind. From this third mark, measure and mark 3 boxes upwards over 1 box backwards. One box in front of and below the last mark; then make a line stretching two boxes forward from this fifth mark. Beyond this, the pictures explain the other marks needed with less confusion. Once all is marked out, cut out the fuselage.
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 (a leading edge sweep of 2 boxes of chord eliminated every 3 boxes of span, and a trailing edge of 1 box of chord eliminated every 3 boxes of span). In addition, measure 2 boxes along the crease and 2 boxes upwards from one side and the 1 box forward. Then draw a diagonal line connecting this line the other edge of the line along the crease. This will make the horizontal stabilizers. Then cut it out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches
Step 3: Making the Fuselage
Begin constructing your fuselage by folding the counterweights into the fuselage. Once they have been folded, unfold the fuselage and cut off the right vertical stabilizer. Once this is done, restore the fold. After doing this, fold the vertical stabilizer forward along the dotted line that indicates the center of what will be the slot for the horizontal stabilizers, then cut. After this cut has been made, cut away the bottom of the fuselage beneath the diagonal line near the rear of the fuselage. Following this cut, cut along the vertical line of the ventral fins. Apply tape where designated and fold the ventral fins as shown.
Step 4: Applying the Wings and Horizontal Stabilizers; Stapling
Cut out your Turbo Asteroid's wings and lay them beneath the fuselage. Apply tape where designated to secure them to the fuselage. After securing the wings, cut out the horizontal stabilizers. Thread them through their slit and then secure them with tape as designated. Apply one staple in the area of the counterweight from each side. This will complete your Turbo Asteroid.
Step 5: Flight
The Turbo Asteroid flies similar to its basis and other drone-fighters; anyone with experience with other drones should have little difficulty transitioning. Launches should be at moderate to high speed at (slightly) neutral or positive attitudes. Additional applicable surfaces include slats, flaps, flaperons, elevators, ailerons, spoilers, spoilerons, air brakes and a trimmable rudder. Enjoy!
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