Making A Paper Airplane

Fearless folding Now that you understand the basic principles of flight, it is time to create a paper airplane, if you are just begin-ding your career as a paper airplane pilot, start with the dart or square models.

They both fly well, and their simplicity allows you to spend less time folding and more time flying.

Although it is not essential that all your creases lie exactly on the printed fold lines, they should fall near them.

Fold along each line and then, on a hard flat surface, use your fingernail or the flat side of a pencil to make a sharp crease.As you fold a plane, the paper will form an airfoil.

The AIRFOIL is the shape of the wing when you look at your plane from the side.

Thin flat airfoils work just fine on paper airplane, although a little downward curvature near the front of the wing is helpful.

Keep in mind, though, that paper airplanes do not need a much curvature as full-size airplane, so don’t over do it.

If possible, keep the top of the wing smooth.

The best place for the “pockets,” or bulky folds that are formed when you make the plane, is on the bottom of the planes in this book have the pockets on the bottom of the wings.

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After folding the plane and setting the airfoil, hold it up and look at it from the front.

Adjust the wings so that both wing tips are a little above the airplane body (the wings should form a “Y” shape with the body).

Also, check to see if the wings are warped, and “unwarp” them as necessary to get both wing angles the same.

This is crucial to gel the plane to perform as it should.

Originally posted 2012-05-15 20:45:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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