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How to make Edmonton Shadow Paper Plane and other paper airplanes - Alex's Paper Airplane

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Edmonton Shadow Paper Plane

Edmonton Shadow Paper Plane main image

I designed this plane about 3 hrs out of heathrow in an airliner on the way to Calgary canada (my first trans-atlantic flight). It is a really fun plane and I am really pleased with it I hope you like it too.

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Edmonton Shadow Paper Plane Folding Instructions

  • DIG. 1 diagram

    Take some A4 (8 1/2" by 11") paper and lay it landscape. fold creasing hard along the center line then open it out again and fold along the two dotted lines in DIG. 1I find that the steeper the angle the better the flight at the end. You will get the body in DIG. 2note the fact that the flap folded over on top does not overlap the one beneath and that the shape of the plane is totally symmetrical. You can see this at 2:30 in the video.

  • DIG. 2 diagram

    Now fold down the nose you are left with along the dotted line in DIG. 2to give the body in DIG. 3.

  • DIG. 3 diagram

    Fold along the two dotted lines in DIG. 3 forming the shape in DIG. 4 (having brought the two sides of the front edge to meet in the center line).

  • DIG. 4 diagram

    Now fold along the center of the plane and fold down the two wings as indicated by the dotted lines in DIG. 4to give you a plane looking like that at the top of the page. To improve flight the two wingtips at the very rear of the plane should be folded up totally.

Edmonton Shadow Paper Plane Flying

This plane is very often biassed to one side or another and will turn this way or that. If you make it absolutely perfect this will not happen but it is practically impossible to make it perfectly.

To throw the paper airplane throw it gently overarm and it will glide in a wide circle down to the ground. I would always advise folding up the wingtips to give the plane more lift.