Introduction: How to Make the Turbo Vulcanoid Paper Airplane
Fast, long range and simple, the Turbo Vulcanoid paper airplane is a modified variant of the Vulcanoid with superior high speed handling.
The Turbo Vulcanoid was developed from the original Vulcanoid to integrate design improvements that had been developed on the similarly configured Swift Vulcan paper airplane. When these changes proved to benefit performance, the testing continued and eventually signaled the success of a new aircraft ready for introduction and publication.
TAA USAF Designation: F412-2
Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8.5 by 11 inch paper
Scissors (additional surfaces only)
Step 2: Length, Corner and Airfoil Folding
Take your paper and fold it along its length. Then pull the corners in and fold them into the center. Then flip the paper over and pull the creases of the corner folds inward. After doing this, place the corner folds back against one another inside of the paper and fold the outside edges into the crease as shown in the eighth to eleventh photographs. The paper should then appear as it does in the twelfth photograph.
Step 3: Nose and Winglet Folding
Pull the tip of the nose back to the rear edge of the airfoil folds as shown in the first photograph. After doing this, pull the paper in toward the center until you reach the limits of the paper on each side, as shown in the second photograph. After making these folds, tuck the paper into the folds as shown in the third photograph and pull the triangle of paper forward as shown in the fourth photograph.
After doing all of this, pull the leading edge of the nose to the trailing edge of the paper and crease. With that done, pull the nose forward again until the leading edge is over the rear edge of airfoil folds and crease.
Pull the paper between the leading edges of the nose and winglet folds backward on each side, as shown in the twelfth photograph. After doing this, unfold these two folds and fold the outer edges of these parts of the paper inward to their creases, as pictured in the thirteenth photograph. With that done, fold the nose back to the trailing edge and fold the airfoils back over themselves once more. Pull the nose forward again until you can go no further (you will pass the previously established point in doing so) and crease.
Step 4: Canard and Wing Folding; Taping
Fold the canards down by aligning their leading edges with that of the nose. The paper will tear at the rear edge of the canards; this is normal.
Measure 1 inch above the center crease and then 1 inch from the wingtip along the trailing edge (make these on both sides at these points), as shown in the fourth and fifth photographs. Fold the wings down at the first mark and match this folding point on the other side.
Apply tape where designated in the photographs to complete your Turbo Vulcanoid.
Step 5: Flight
Because the Turbo Vulcanoid has a very high amount of commonality with its basis, handling is extremely similar at all but the highest of speeds. (At high speeds, the Turbo Vulcanoid's more rigid wings afford the aircraft better handling.) The Turbo Vulcanoid flies where pointed in a predictable manner much like most other dart paper airplanes.
Launches should be done at neutral or positive attitudes at moderate to high speeds. Test flights should be conducted to see what trimming (if any) is necessary. Additional applicable surfaces include ailerons, elevators, elevons, rudders, air brakes and an "electronic warfare" tail. Enjoy!