Awesome Paper Glider - Toss It! Entry




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This paper airplane can be a fun glider indoors, or you can take it outside and let it do giant loops in the the wind!

All you need is a Letter-sized piece of standard weight paper, although A4 will work fine.

And the build process in video form:

Step 1: Preparation

Lay your paper flat in front of you.

Make a lengthwise valley fold.

Step 2: Fold Corners

Take the corner of one layer of paper and fold it down so that the previous top is now touching the crease.

Flip the paper over.

Repeat the fold.

Step 3: Laying It Out

Unfold along the vertical crease.

Fold the "triangle" down.

Step 4: Strange Folds

They are are strange because they aren't really folded along a certain crease. Kinda.

Fold the top corner of one side to the middle crease on the triangle, about 1 inch above the point. Experiment with different lengths away from the point and see what works best!

Repeat with the other side.

Fold the small "triangle" you just formed upwards to hold the flaps in place.

Step 5: Making the Wings!

Mountain fold along the vertical crease. This should be in the same direction it was folded in before.

Use the top of the nose as a pivot point for this fold.

Fold the wing down, with the lowest point of the wing touching the bottom of the fuselage.

Flip the plane over.

Repeat the wing fold.

Step 6: Finishing Up

You're almost done!

All you have to do it "defold" the wings, so that they are just over 90 degrees to the fuselage. That's pretty much just slightly upwards.

Now toss it! Aim for just over the horizon. If you're outside, aim into the wind for a loop-de-loop.


1) If the plane goes up and stalls, bend the back of the wings down a bit.

2) If the plane always seems to be headed towards the ground, bend the back of the wings up a bit. Be careful not to bend the wings too much, or you'll have to go back to Problem 1.

3) If the plane turns one way, bend that side's back of the wing down a bit. This may also be a problem with the angle of the wings. Be sure that the wings just over 90 degrees from the fuselage.

Have fun!



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    14 Discussions


    10 years ago on Step 6

    Another way to do a looped-loop is to put the bottom part of the plane between your middle and index finger then throw it up in the air =D


    10 years ago on Step 6

    your plane FTW!!! but have you considered adding a tail? thats what i have done with this design, just cut an upward slit in the keel/bottom, fold the tail upwards, make sure the wing and tail folds are ok and done. again, great design


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hell yeah it is! Have you heard the Live from Atlanta version? It is way better than the studio recorded one!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Nah. I don't listen to them a lot, but they still rule. I'll be sure to try to listen to that.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    What do you mean? This morning me and my brother destroyed an oldies CD... seriously. It was some western stuff.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    For mentioning me, you get a +1 vote.

    Just kidding.
    You get a +1 vote because you did a very nice job. :-)

    By the way, for the Robot plane, did you print out the image correctly, or print it out a different way?

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I printed the image out regularly, and Robot just fit onto the wing. If I make any more, I'll probably shift the Robots towards the edges, just to make them more centered. Now that I've posted this, I noticed that a few others have too. But, the others are folded just a tad different, so I don't feel too bad. ;-) Thanks 'gain!