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How to make Rapier Paper Airplane and other paper airplanes - Alex's Paper Airplane

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Rapier Paper Airplane

Rapier Paper Airplane main image

I love this plane (I did design it but I can brag can't I?) it flies like a glider but has the elegant shape and great precision of a dart. This plane is the best of both worlds and is so easy to make it must be the best plane on the site!

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Rapier Paper Airplane Folding Instructions

  • DIG. 1 diagram

    First take a rectangular A4 (8 1/2" by 11") sheet of paper and fold down the center dotted line on DIG. 1 opening it out again afterwards.

  • DIG. 2 diagram

    Take the first 1cm (1/2") of the rectangular sheet and fold it up along the dotted line in DIG. 2

  • DIG. 3 diagram

    Fold the flap over and over until about 3/8 of the length of the sheet is folded in this concertina fashion as in DIG. 3 this should give a heavy and thick front lip.

  • DIG. 4 diagram

    Now fold along the two dotted lines in DIG. 3 bringing the top edges into the center line and fold along the center line to give DIG. 4 as a side view


    Fold the wings down along the dotted line in DIG. 4one either side of the center. Now the plane should look like the diagram at the top of the page.

Rapier Paper Airplane Flying

The rapier paper airplane is another great plane for trying to hit your teacher or lecturer with. It flies fast and true indoors exactly where you want it to go.

Just hold it about 1/4 of its length from the nose tip and throw it overarm quite gently. If you want the plane to circle make one wing higher at the back than the other (but only slightly). This will make the plane circle with the lower wing towards the center of the circle. Be careful not to poke anyone's eye out though!