Make the Sky Bird

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Want to make an amazing paper airplane. Let's build the "Sky Bird" from Super Paper Airplanes by Norman Schmidt. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader and a color printer, you can print the template to make a "really cool" plane. A plain piece of 8 1/2" x 11" paper will do as well. You will also need glue (a glue stick is ideal), a ruler and scissors. Use the instructions below to begin.

Making the Sky Bird - Instructions

Step 1

Step 1  Lay paper flat in a vertical direction. Fold paper in half vertically using a mountain fold. Unfold. Valley fold the paper in half horizontally. Unfold. Then valley fold the top to meet the horizontal crease.

Step 2

Step 2  Valley fold the top again to meet the horizontal crease. Then valley fold top again, to meet the horizontal crease. Finally, applying glue to entire length, refold the original horizontal crease.

Step 3

Step 3  Flip over. Measure from top and draw line, as shown. On each side, measure and cut out along heavy lines to make wings and tail, as shown.

Step 4

Step 4  On each side of tail, measure and valley fold. Adjust dihedral (upward slanting of wings and tail), as shown.

Step 5

Step 5  Cut the two pieces left over from step 3 into rectangles, as shown.

Step 6

Step 6  To make the fuselage (body), valley fold piece A in half horizontally. Glue halves together.

Step 7

Step 7  Valley fold this piece in half vertically. Then fold each vertical edge back to meet center crease. Glue center section. This is the fuselage.

Step 8

Step 8  To make nose ballast, valley fold piece B in half horizontally. Glue halves together. Valley fold in half vertically. Glue halves together. Then valley fold in half horizontally. Glue halves together. Finally, valley fold in half vertically.

Step 9

Step 9  Glue this piece to the bottom center of the fuselage, aligning at one of the ends. This end becomes the front.

Step 10 Step 10  Measure 1" from front of fuselage and mark the point, as shown.

Step 11
Step 11  Glue wings and tail to the fuselage with the leading edge (front of the wings) at the measured point. Make sure pieces are centered. Adjust dihedral (upward slanting of wings and tail) again.

Now you're ready to FLY!

Used with permission of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
387 Park Ave. S., NY, NY 10016 from SUPER PAPER AIRPLANES
by Norman Schmidt, &copy 1994 by Norman Schmidt, a Sterling/Tamos book


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