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The Moth

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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.



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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.



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15. Front view of the the Moth. Spread the wings out somewhat, adjusting the result until you get a frontal silhouette shown. If the center doesn't stay folded, make the center angle more extreme.



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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.)

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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.


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18. Crimp the paper aircraft's lower wingtips if you need to.



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