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Paper Airplane Contest 4 (Closed) Answered

Yes, I have decided to host another paper airplane mini-contest. My goal is to further stimulate the paper airplane channel and encourage more paper airplane builders to post their innovative designs.

For this contest, the specification is for a long range plane.


1. Aircraft Requirements:
• Ability to fly at least 55 feet
• Durability to fly at least 30 flights
• Provisions for landing gear and/or skids (not required for flying wings)
• Use of less than 11 inches (0.381 meters) of Scotch tape in construction
• Use of less than 3 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction
• Usage of glue or wood (excluding toothpicks) is prohibited

2. Instructables Requirements:
• 1 page strictly devoted to materials required in construction
• 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft
• The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)"
• This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page:
“This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 4 (https://www.instructables.com/community/Paper-Airplane-Contest-4/)."

For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. The first place winner will also receive a 3 month Pro membership. These patches will be medals (1st place, Patch with 1st Place Medal image and 3 month Pro membership; 2nd Place, Patch with 2nd Place Medal image; 3rd Place, Patch with 3rd Place Medal Image; 4th Place, Patch with 4th Place Medal image; 5th Place, Patch with 5th Place Medal image).

*Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one prize.

How To Enter:
To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My Paper Airplane [Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries".

For this contest, I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance rather than shape is a more objective approach.

The contest begins Friday, April 15, 2011 and ends Monday, May 16, 2011. Entries must be published before Monday, May 16, 2011. From May 16 to May 18, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Thursday, May 19, 2011 and issue them their prizes Friday, May 20, 2011.




8 years ago

... The competition is.. I think it is bad.
The reason is...
The only planes that can go up to 55 feets are dart-like planes and gliders ( widewings ) They can both go really big distances.
But the rule "durability to fly atleast 30 times" means that there is no way that a dart can this win competition. It will end up being tossed. And a bad nose means bad performance. In other words, only gliders are allowed.

I disagree. Although darts and wide-winged gliders are generally credited as the only planes that can accomplish ranges over 50 feet, they aren't. Many of my planes that are in between these two categories perform spectacularly--and have durability too. A few examples of planes which fit into this "middle" category are the:
These planes all have either blunt tips, dense noses, or bounce instigating fuselages. With such features, any plane capable of flying >55 feet can easily fly >30 times.

The new KillerOwl also fulfills the specifications of this contest.

I'm quite convinced that people can design a paper airplane like these ones, and win this contest! :D   


8 years ago

Could I use paper clips?