Super Slow Paper Glider




The heavy duty super slow glider ;-)

Yes, this thing could fly!

- easy to build
- easy to fly (throw it very soft!)
- easy to adjust
- ideal for large indoor areas

- not so good for windy outdoor use.

The Video:

Step 1: What Do You Need?

Only one sheet of paper!

I build it with a A4, 100g/m2 paper. (The red LED is only for size comparison.)

But any other size would also work! From small to huge!

Step 2: Make It Square!

fold it and cut it to make a square sheet of paper.

Step 3: Build the Heavy Nose

Fold half of the paper 4 times like shown in the 4 pictures.

Take care of parallel folding to the center line!

Step 4: Make It Round

make a nice round glider and put both ends together like in the pictures shown.

Step 5: Adjust the Glider for a Perfect Fly

Adjust the flyer at the end shown in the picture so that it glides like on a line!

=> Bend the end up to rise the nose until the flight.

=> Bend the end down to lower the nose until the flight.

And now have fun with this Instructable and build different sizes!

Don't forget. Throw it very softly! It's a slow glider.

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    39 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Does it work good with a 80g paper too? WOW BEST INSTRUCTABLES EVER! YOU ARE THE BEST!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for all the nice comments! I've learned a lot from you, too.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I've seen this before and forgot how to make it. Thanks for the instructions.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It's funny - I'd been really skeptical of the x-zylo because the commercials looked....fake.  I finally found a store nice enough to let me try one this summer, and surprisingly it worked as advertised.  It's tricky to throw, and a devil to catch (let's stick sharp plastic edges on a rotating plane and have someone stick their hand in the way!), but nifty.
    I didn't buy it though - tried building my own from light plastic, which worked somewhat well (not 200 ft well)....interesting project to say the least.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    We never really measured, but I'd guess 50 to 70 feet max?  Granted, I never quite figured the optimum angle to throw, and the plastic was a little...lumpy after forming.  Unfortunately, like most of my projects, the plastic was recycled for a model I'd been working on, but if I ever get some free time, I might try to build a new one and post an Instructable.  It looked a bit like the commercial version, but the bumped section in the back was sharper and the ring was longer....and had some logo from the scrap I'd used.


    They fly better with two tails. Also, I like to throw them faster than in the video, and with a spin, like you would throw a football. It gives them a very erratic flight pattern.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    its cool! i saw something like this before, but that didnt have ends connected. just a "round" piece of paper.

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    I have taped 5 of these together side by side, and they still retain nice flying ability. I am not sure what the limit would be. There is now sag, since the lift is the same on each section.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I've taped 9 of them together. A very big one and 8 smaller ones around it. It flies better than one alone or two side by side. =)