Introduction: The 1st TRULEY Aerodynamic Paper Airplane
BTW: I ran the math and this thing has an average 6 to 1 glide ratio, but my best is around 19 to 1
printer paper x1
your run-of-the-mill bendy straw x1
This takes five minutes so please try it out!
The videos are the final product
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Step 1: THE SUPER EASY STEP!
If you don't know how to make it, just follow the pictures:
Step 2: Making the SUPER AIRFOIL (takes Like a Minute)
Then make sure the straw is up against the edge of the wing and crease the wing along the INNER side of the straw (the side closest to the center to your center-fold)
Remove the straw
You should see a little bump a bit less than a centimeter in width running the length of your wing, if you do do the same to the other side, if you don't check the pictures and makes sure you understand the instructions
You should now have a wired looking paper airplane, toss it VERY gently and watch it's smooooooth, sloooooooooow decent
Or it could have spiraled out of controll, if it did (and it probably did) go to the next step.
Step 3: Tweaks, Tips, and Tricks
Alright, this is a very temperamental design, and so I ask you to try as many of these as necessary, and welcome you to try your own.
Vertical stabilizers (tail fins):
Fold the edges of the wings of the plane in by about a 3/4 inch
***HAS BEEN REQUIRED ON ALL MY AIRPLANES OF THIS DESIGN****
cut along the fold of the vertical stabilizer about 1/2 inch to allow you to fold it left or right
Elvons (aileron / elevator combo):
The most important thing to know is that this can ruin a potentially very good paper airplane, and should be used as a last resort. Along the rear of the paper air plane make two 1/3 inch cuts that are 1 inch apart into the wing, do this on each side the same distance from fuselage to wing edge on both wings. Fold up, down, either side with any combination.
*do not make your folds for the elvons very intense, a little fold will go a long way
Hard Toss Design:
Now as you look at you plane you will notice a gap between the two layers of the wing that runs not too far off parallel to the wing edge, tape that down. WaLa! The plane is now balanced, and has more mass giving it greater momentum and tolerance to wind/ high speeds
*******THIS MUST BE DONE AFTER THE NOSE GETS BENT*********
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