Introduction: How to Make the StratoSerpent Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and small, the StratoSerpent is a little drone fighter paper airplane meant to complement its more complex basis, the Turbo Serpent.
The StratoSerpent was designed to bring the simplicity found in other "StratoGnat-like" airplanes to the Turbo Serpent, following its publication and subsequent moderate popularity. The design adapted well and soon showed itself ready for publication.
TAA USAF Designation: D338-1
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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--better than I can explain with words. 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 (1 boxes in length by 6 boxes in width, and a swept portion in front of this box of 3 boxes of span eliminated every 4 boxes of chord toward the front of the fuselage). Then cut the wing out. Measure 2 boxes along the crease, measure two boxes upwards from one mark and make another point. Then draw a diagonal line connecting this new mark to the one further away. From the mark you just made, measure one box further away from the one now connected to the line and make a mark. Sketch a line between this mark and the other mark along the crease. Then cut the horizontal stabilizers 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 StratoSerpent'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 to the counterweight area of the StratoSerpent to complete it.
Step 5: Flight
The StratoSerpent flies similar to its namesake and other comparable drone interceptors; anyone with experience with the StratoGnat, StratoMite or StratoStinger should have very little difficulty in handling the aircraft.. Launches should be at high speed at neutral or positive attitudes. The elevator trim and the ventral fins may need adjustment, so test flights are highly recommended. Additional applicable surfaces include slats, flaps, elevators and a trimmable rudder. Enjoy!