Tubular Paper Airplane

Introduction: Tubular Paper Airplane

This is a simple and safe plane that anyone can make.

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Step 1: Finding the Center

Fold in half (corner A to D), then fold opposite corners together (corner B to C) to find the center (just pinch it there). This is important for getting the plane square.

Step 2: First Edge

Image 3: Fold corner A to the center. This is very important to insure symmetry and thus no whacky flight paths.

Step 3: Series of Folds

Images 4 & 5: Fold edge 1 to the center, followed by edge 2 and edge 3.

Step 4: Forming the Triangle

Image 6: Bend the folded section onto the other half of the paper, forming a triangle.

Step 5: Popes Hat

Image 7: Bend corners B & C together forming a circle and tuck one end into the other. It should look something like a Pope hat. Use glue or tape or a staple to keep the corners together.

It's easiest to throw when held as shown in image 7. A slow pitch works better than a knuckle ball hurl so go easy. The curved edges of the tail can be bent for trim, which is likely necessary. On a calm day it will go as far as you care to walk after it. Or don't, you can make 10 for less than the cost of a cold root beer. Happy folding!

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    9 Discussions

    I grab it where the staple is, and throw over hand with a flick using one finger. :)


    Reply 3 years ago

    Me too


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Woops, I just uploaded an Instructable for this exact same plane. Minor technique variation: I learned to make it with a crossing crease, which both aids in getting the leading edge strip perfectly centered/straight, and forms the elevator incidence to the glide needs no adjustment, just fold, roll, and fly. Oh, and I find it doesn't require a staple to hold the loop closed...



    9 years ago on Introduction

    I throw them with my thumb on top and 1st finger on bottom. Hm.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I couldn't find anything similar among the paper planes, but it is a very old design. A friends father who worked for United Airlines showed us how to make it back in the sixties. It's based on the engine cowling of one of those fangle new "jet" planes.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Bloody hell. I just started this same instructable yesterday and had it all written up. All I had to do was add photos, but you beat me to it. *cries*