Toss It! Speed Challenge _ Paper Plane : the Unthrown One




I'm going to show you a glider made of paper. This one is made to not be thrown.. he he...

I would like to excuse myself as I may need some more english vocabulary to explain myself.
You'll understand later why I called it 'unthrown', to explain that you don't have to throw it to make it fly. Let's see now the few steps to build it, then I'll explain you how to make it fly.

Step 1: Making the Base Fold

fold you sheet of paper in the middle following the length

Step 2: Prepare the Front of the Plane

- mark with folding the corner like first pic. Then unfold. It should look like second pic
- then fold over the mark (this new fold should be on the crossing of the first 2 folds). You should get 3rd pic.

Step 3: Make the Front Body Plane

- fold the corners like 2 firsts pics
- fold the front 'point' up to the middle of the back

Step 4: Making the Body

First, return your plane and then inverse the center fold so that previous fold is outside the center fold.

Step 5: Make the Rear Flaps

fold the rear of the plane on about 1 cm
then unfold it

It should look like picture

Step 6: Finish the Body

fold as sooo many other paper planes to make something to catch the plane with you finger

Step 7: Finish the Tail Flaps

Put the plane on "its side" (first pic) and cut with a sharp knif or use scisors (2nd pic). The cut goes on the body, i.e the fold you catch with your finger to throw the plane, at the rear (3rd pic).

Then return the plane, and reverse the back of the body where you just cutted, so that it become over the plane like a vertical flap on real plane (arg... so hard to make myself understandable) see 4th pic

Step 8: Finish

Now it's time to tune it !

First take the body between your fingers and with your other hand lift the wings to make a light "V shape like"

Make sure the tail flaps are not too much folded

Step 9: Make You Plane Flight

This step is exactly what make this plane so special I think.

Contrary to many planes you don't have to throw it.
Just catch it at the rear of the body between your fingers and let the nose facing the floor.

Put your hand at the maximum height as you can

Now you're ready, just release the plane, it should go down, catching speed, then fly normally flat with a beautiful and very interesting flight.

If the plane want to go up too much, try softing the rear flaps fold

If the plane goes directly the nose on the floor, make the rear flaps fold more aggressive.

If the plane turn or if you want to make it turn, you can play with the shape of the rear flap folds only on one of the side. Try left or right and see the effects

If you don't want it to turn try to sharpen the 'attack fold'. Fold it very good using something hard.



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    10 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 9

    This is a god fun plane,
    just made it, and playing in the office.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great plane, thanks! I was already launching my paper airplanes like this, to see how much lift they had. I know no other paper plane that levels out so quickly as this one! It must be due to the rear flaps on the total width of the plane.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Wait, so you don't throw it? And you have to add in a 30 second video or less. A video with okay quality is still better then nothing!

    3 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    OK, I may add a video, but I'm sure it is not very helpfull... It will be a video of the flight, not the making as I think all the steps are pretty explicit.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, the video has to be 30 seconds or less of the paper airplane in flight. Remember to print out the Toss It! Speed Challenge image!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Don't know why but video looks like 'invalid'... don't know why. I will try to fix it next weekend


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Don't be hard on yourself, I find your English better than many English speaking natives. So you shouldn't consider that a reason for not participating in the contest. Cool plane and a novel way to launch it.

    2 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    thanks I think I already read the conditions for participating, and you have to be US or UK resident, something like this. Tell me if I'm wrong.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Good to see you going for it. And no, I'm Swedish. I've never even been outside of Scandinavia.