Paper Fighter (yes It Flies)




Make a lifelike and realistic fighter plane that actually flies!
Impress your friends, your dog/cat and yourself
need: 2 A4papers, 15 mins and some SKILLZ only

You will need:

2 A4 papers
Stapler, ruler, pencil
Above average skills at paper planes
5 minutes upward


Fold precisely, even half a millimeter makes a dfference
All folds symetrical except for the nose fold over
Use crisp paper without punched holes etc..

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Step 1: Fuselage

See pictures
note. easy steps are skipped (quite obvious)

Step 2: Wings and Body

see pictures

note. 95% of this plane can be folded by aligning to previous folds somehow

Step 3: Assembly

put both together!

Step 4: TOSS IT!

Hold as shown in picture, Index at the end, thumb and 4th at each side, toss forward!


Rubberband launch is preferred

USE 2 rubber bands in series and pull back gently, sudden acceleration will kill the plane and it will fall like a dead bird

Using low gsm paper for the wings and high gsm paper for the body gives Exellent results
Aim 5 to 40 degrees to horizon

Inspiration from countless hours of boring school lessons, can fly and glide somewhat for above 20 metres (what do ya expect) if done correctly

Video is an attempt to fly it, will post more video if i can get better video

Step 5: Video

video proof of hand launchability, although not as awesoms as rubber bands.

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    116 Discussions


    3 months ago on Step 1

    The steps are really confusing i couldn't follow along on anything. Needs better instructions


    6 months ago

    hey yeah sorry but the steps are not simple and I cannot follow any of the steps and im a pretty good origami ist and I still couldn't figure out what was going on


    2 years ago

    I can not follow the steps in the video

    the poodleo

    8 years ago on Introduction

    ok, its a nice model, but i have no idea how to build this. just because the people making this are supposed to have "above average paper airplane making skills" doesn't mean that you should show us one picture for every six folds. Even the first step is not "quite obvious." it's still a nice model, just a bad instructable.

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    6 years ago on Step 2

    mines is from one whole section but yours has more detail :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've waste 2 or 3 sheets of paper trying to make the fuselage!!!! JUST 'CAUSE YOU SAY YOU NEED SKILLS DOESN'T MEAN THAT THE PLANE STEPS ARE OBVIOUS!!!!!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    An A4 sheet is 210x297mm, which is 8.27x11.70 in. The ratio of the A4 length to A4 width is exactly the square root of 2 - which is one of the huge advantages of the international ISO paper standards (A4, A5, etc.) over North American formats (letter, legal, etc.) - when folding, say, an A4 sheet in half you get A5 sheet, with exactly the same ratio - the square root of 2, so the proportions (ratio of length over width) are invariant.

    So, if you start with a letter size paper (8.5x11 in), cut off a strip along the longer side so that the width becomes even narrower, namely 7.78 in (= 11/sqrt(2)). This way you get a little smaller version of the A4 size paper (7.78x11 in) but with the same proportions.

    bilal sardar

    10 years ago on Step 5

    you also failed in filming. i cant see a thing, how did you toss it you did it flied nothing! you are a very bad instructour!

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    Tommy9598bilal sardar

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    It flew, it will fly if you did everything correctly, mine flew nicely and if you were wondering how to toss it, go to STEP4: TOSS IT