The bird is a fairly compact design with very little cardboard used, in order to preserve the aerodynamic look of the animal. Sketches and rough drafts will require a notebook, ruler, and pencil. The actual cutting will require a ruler, exacto knife, and decent amount of cardboard.
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Step 1: Sketches and Planning
I sketched the airfoil and shape/size of the bird in my notebook. This is not a required step, but if you plan to make any upgrades, I would highly recommend it.
Step 2: Cut Out Your Pieces
The pieces that were used in this build are very customizable, depending on which bird you want, however, the current cuts are for an eagle. The cuts displayed also have slight marks in them for future RC components.
Step 3: Piece Together
The first step off putting the bird together is the wing, consisting of 3 layers, the second is to slide the three fuselage pieces on, the last is small components such as the winglets and tail.
Step 4: Draw in Details(optional)
One step that will improve your overall look is the details, such as the eyes, feathers, and ruffles. While not required, it is definitely an important step.
Step 5: Add Electronics(for Flight)
A flying cardboard bird will take your bird to new heights, literally. However you will have to reinforce and attach electronics using hot-glue. So keep this in mind if you plan on building this.