Paper airplanes - Fold the best paper airplanes!
13. This is the "X-ray" view of the result, showing what's
been folded inside and is now invisible - it's how things should look
if you held the model up to a strong light.
14. Crease the triangles close to you back and forth along the valley folds shown - but very lightly.
Leave the triangles underneath them (which will become the upper wings)
undisturbed. Also valley fold in the center, slightly, where the mountain fold is marked.
15. Front view of the the Moth.
Spread the wings out somewhat, adjusting
the result until you get a frontal
If the center doesn't stay folded,
make the center angle more extreme.
16. The Moth paper airplane in flight. To launch, hold in the middle of the center fold with forefinger above,
thumb below, and slide your hand forward, angling the moth slightly
downward - and very gently and slowly release it to fly away.
(More flying instuctions are given with diagram 17.)
17. The moth should fly as is, but it
can be a finicky little flyer
at times. If it flys slowly
and/or sloppily, tape the back
edges together as shown here. If it dives into the
ground, crimp the lower wing edges
as shown here and in diagram 18.
If it starts to bank and turn
sharply all the time, or to
spiral into the ground, try
changing the angle the wings are
spread at, or making one side's
wings spread more than the other.
If that's no help, check to see
that all angles are identical
on both sides of the moth, and
that no one wing surface is
oddly warped, even slightly.
The center angle of the 'body'
of the Moth may also be adjusted
as desired, and if you do crimp
the lower wings, the angles of
those crimps may be adjusted for
better flights, too.
18. Crimp the paper aircraft's lower wingtips if you need to.