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« on: 18/01/2008 22:50:56 »
does anyone know a design? What influences a good paper aeroplane, is it the same a a normal aeroplane..wingspan, etc?
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« Reply #1 on: 18/01/2008 23:53:39 »
I love paper airplanes.. LOL One of my projects at school with the kids.. I have a good pattern I will find it for you!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 19/01/2008 00:04:58 »
It needs to have reasonably shaped wings and control surfaces that can be adjusted to trim its flight but it also needs to have a correctly placed concentration of weight near its nose.  The best one I know of i learned from a Rupert bear comic when I was a child in the 1940-50s
 

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« Reply #3 on: 19/01/2008 00:11:35 »
Firstly, a paper aeroplane is a glider, not a powered aeroplane - which is a starting point.

The biggest issue for a paper aeroplane is to prevent it from stalling (that is what happens as the nose rises, increasing the angle of attack, and reduces airspeed,  to the point where it can no longer sustain lift, it then stalls, goes into a dive and picks up airspeed and lift, then the nose starts to rise again, until you get another stall, and the cycle continues).  To avoid this you want sufficient weight in the nose to prevent the nose rising too far, and forcing a stall.

A delta wing design is most common, both because it is structurally easiest to design, it has good tolerance for shifts in the centre of gravity of the aircraft (which is rarely very precisely designed into a paper aircraft) and is tolerant of higher angles of attack than a rectangular wing.  If these factors could be managed better (better control of centre of gravity, better control of angle of attack, and appropriate structural bracing) then a high aspect ratio rectangular wing would give a better glide ratio.

Another issue is yaw and roll stability.  Having a high wing (as is common on most paper aeroplanes) give some control over roll stability (keeping the wings level in flight).  the other way of achieving this, with low winged aeroplanes, is to have a dihedral angle on the wings (having the wings slightly tilted - about 3 - upwards so the outer tips are higher than the roots).  Yaw stability is usually managed in most aircraft by the vertical surface of the tailplane, but for paper aircraft, this is usually managed by the flat sides of the central fuselage (again, this should preferably be deeper at the rear than the front, so that it can properly control yaw and keep the nose pointing into the airstream - rather like a weather vane).
 

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« Reply #4 on: 19/01/2008 17:49:58 »
Haha funny Neil! Wait were'd his post go??

And idk I used to be amazing at making them. I used to get them to fly far and fast. And I used to be able to make then spin like a tornado going threw the air like a plane. It was sweet.

If you'd like I'll try and make some and make a tutorial! Iain't doing much today!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 19/01/2008 17:55:29 »
*giggles guffaw*


I did post this ages ago !!..of course the search facility -as it is- can't find it







 

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« Reply #6 on: 19/01/2008 17:57:50 »
Sheesh !!

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« Reply #7 on: 19/01/2008 18:00:33 »
*giggles guffaw*


I did post this ages ago !!..of course the search facility -as it is- can't find it









Oh My gawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwd I haven't seen this post in eons........LOL!

I forgot about this one! LOL! HEE HEE HEE!
 

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« Reply #8 on: 19/01/2008 18:02:14 »
Haha funny Neil! Wait were'd his post go??

And idk I used to be amazing at making them. I used to get them to fly far and fast. And I used to be able to make then spin like a tornado going threw the air like a plane. It was sweet.

If you'd like I'll try and make some and make a tutorial! I ain't doing much today!

Yes Please Ryan do make some Pretty Please.. I wuv paper airplanes!
 

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« Reply #9 on: 19/01/2008 18:20:32 »
« Last Edit: 19/01/2008 18:22:58 by iko »
 

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« Reply #10 on: 20/01/2008 01:57:28 »
i know a design but its more of a kamikaze plane
 

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« Reply #11 on: 20/01/2008 01:58:28 »
Haha funny Neil! Wait were'd his post go??

And idk I used to be amazing at making them. I used to get them to fly far and fast. And I used to be able to make then spin like a tornado going threw the air like a plane. It was sweet.

If you'd like I'll try and make some and make a tutorial! I ain't doing much today!

Yes Please Ryan do make some Pretty Please.. I wuv paper airplanes!

I wish I would have saw this ealier! Soryr its to late now!
 

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« Reply #12 on: 20/01/2008 03:33:23 »
the assassins paper dart

you need some paper , tape, and a paperclip

take the paper longside up and fold the corners in the middlelike a normal paper airplane

 then fold the wings again, you want a small wingspan.

after you fold the wings again you fold 3cm of the tip into the inside of the plane

then fold the plane down the middle like a regular plane

take the paper clip and unfold one bend so you have a needle tip
after you put the tip on tape it to the planefor a secure fit
 
and you might have to experiment with the tip to make sure its pointing forward

then heres the reason its called the assassins dart... you throw the completed plane at a person and the tip will hit your mark very fast and very hard..... it hurts when your hit with it but its also funny to see the poor fellow you hit jump into the air
 

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« Reply #13 on: 20/01/2008 04:35:51 »
then heres the reason its called the assassins dart... you throw the completed plane at a person and the tip will hit your mark very fast and very hard..... it hurts when your hit with it but its also funny to see the poor fellow you hit jump into the air

Hit the poor fellow in the eye with that, and you'll see how far he jumps.
 

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« Reply #14 on: 20/01/2008 04:53:40 »
then heres the reason its called the assassins dart... you throw the completed plane at a person and the tip will hit your mark very fast and very hard..... it hurts when your hit with it but its also funny to see the poor fellow you hit jump into the air


Surely you, my angelic son, have not done this to anyone!!! >:(
 

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« Reply #15 on: 20/01/2008 14:57:47 »
Surely you, my angelic son, have not done this to anyone!!! >:(

Darn it! I wan'ted to try it on my sister! Maybe I'll use a knife instead :) jm caroyln! lol
 

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« Reply #16 on: 20/01/2008 18:51:15 »
then heres the reason its called the assassins dart... you throw the completed plane at a person and the tip will hit your mark very fast and very hard..... it hurts when your hit with it but its also funny to see the poor fellow you hit jump into the air
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« Reply #17 on: 20/01/2008 21:40:17 »
Nic you pulled a Karen!
 

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« Reply #18 on: 20/01/2008 23:07:47 »
correction


then heres the reason its called the assassins dart... you throw the completed plane at a person and the tip will hit your mark very fast and very hard..... it hurts when your hit with it but its also funny to see the poor fellow you hit jump into the air


Surely you, my angelic son, have not done this to anyone!!! >:(
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« Reply #19 on: 21/01/2008 00:09:17 »
Haha you did it agin
 

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« Reply #20 on: 21/01/2008 14:55:01 »
Iko, you are a star...great post, i suspect your helicopter will fly better than Neils aeroplane!
 

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« Reply #21 on: 21/01/2008 15:47:52 »
Iko, you are a star...great post, i suspect your helicopter will fly better than Neils aeroplane!

Strictly speaking, it is an autogyro rather than a helicopter :)

The same principle is ready made from the seeds/fruit (samara) of sycamore trees.
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« Reply #22 on: 21/01/2008 16:43:49 »
Iko, you are a star...great post, i suspect your helicopter will fly better than Neils aeroplane!

Thanks paul.fr,

it may be called autogyro, but kids enjoy it as 'helicopter':
I found it many years ago in a specialized book from US...
they fly beautifully in a mild wind, going up and far away!


Now there are plenty of books and websites about this topic:



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« Reply #23 on: 21/01/2008 18:30:36 »
I found 2 websites for this thread's title and the Wikipedia's instructions work
But it only makes a rudimentary paper plane.

The Wiki picture


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_planes
http://www.paperaeronautics.org/tipsforagoodplane
 

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« Reply #24 on: 22/01/2008 09:46:50 »
The Paper plane I was talking about is called "the swallow" on the website quoted above  http://www.paperairplanes.co.uk/planes.php

It flies really well and can be adjusted for lots of different styles of flying from stunt loops to long slow glides it is also very robust and can be thrown hard and flown in winds

 

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