Introduction: How to Make the StratoSpectre Paper Airplane
A fast, sleek and long range airplane, the StratoSpectre continues the "family tradition" of the Spectre and compliments the notion that sweep does not always define speed. This plane can also work as a trainer and a versatile test bed with its many available surfaces. The StratoSpectre is equipped with "outrigger-skid" winglets.
TAA USAF Designation: A2-8
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Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch Paper
Scissors (elevators only)
Step 2: Length and Corner Folding
Begin construction of your StratoSpectre by folding your paper in half length-wise. Then, whilst it is still halved, pull down two corners, one on each side of the half.
Step 3: Nose Folding
Pull the tip of the nose back to the bottom of the corner folds. The fold the remainder of the corner folds down along their bottom line.
Step 4: More Corner Folding
From its previous orientation, flip your paper. Then pull both corners into the center.
Step 5: Marking
Fold your airplane up in half along its center. Make marks 3/4 of inch above the bottom of the fuselage, and 3/4 of an inch in from the wingtips. These will become the lines for the wing and winglet roots.
Step 6: Wing and Initial Winglet Folding
Following the lines you marked in the previous step, fold the wings down from 3/4 of an inch above the bottom of the fuselage. Then fold the winglets up from 3/4 of an inch in from the wingtip.
Step 7: Finish Winglet Folding
Refold your winglets so that they hang under the wing and can act as outriggers on the ground.
Step 8: Taping
Tape your StratoSpectre at its front and rear.
Step 9: Flight
The StratoSpectre is a rugged descendant of the Spectre family, and as such is a good choice for a fast attack role, but can also serve well as a trainer or testbed platform. This airplane is very good, and can get going long ranges easily. Enjoy!
If your airplane dives, add elevators about an inch across on the trailing edge of the wing.