AFS PAPER AIRPLANES

This webpage allows you to print out the construction templates that accompany the eBook AFS Paper Airplanes. Use the above links to each of the planes.

 
This book features: 
· Beautiful step by step folding instructions 
· Printable templates (so you’ll never run out!) (you can still make them without a printer) 
· An advanced Fine-Tuning guide to help you get the best out of your planes 
· Extensive paper airplane flight theory explanations 
· Exciting games to enjoy with your paper airplanes 

The inspiration for the paper airplanes in this book came about after a multiple award winning science fair experiment which included building a wind tunnel in a garage to test and improve airfoil designs. Years later, after many designs and refinements, these planes have been selected from the best of the best and rigorously tested to ensure they can be recreated by you. With this book and no prior paper aircraft knowledge you can be flying paper airplanes with the best of them!

You will need
  • Basic 8.5in x 11in printer paper. (While the designs in this book will fly great with regular printer paper, I recommend 32lb/ream, 8.5in x 11in paper. The stronger paper will hold its shape better during flight allowing for higher and more exciting flights.)
  • A pair of scissors that are sharp and small enough to make precise cuts 
  • Clear adhesive tape 
  • A paper clip (The planes are designed to include #1 Size Paper Clips, 3.2cm x 0.8cm)
  • You may want to have a straight edge or ruler if you do not trust your ability to make precise folds.
Template Instructions
  • Cut out the rectangular template. Leave the Dashed Line cuts for later.
  • The template is ~4.25in x ~5.5in. That is equivalent to half of an 8.5in x 11in sheet of printer paper. FYI, your PDF print settings may enlarge or shrink the document slightly. This template assumes the setting “Shrink to Printable Area” which is the most likely scenario.
  • Once you become comfortable making the planes from this template you can simply cut regular printer paper in half in order to start.
  • While the templates are symmetrical, during construction, if you need to, always choose symmetry of your plane over following the printed lines.
  • ———— Solid Line = Mountain Fold (the printed solid line is visible on the top of the “mountain”)
  • •••••••••• Dotted Line = Valley Fold (the printed dotted line is visible at the bottom of the “valley”)
  • ‒ ‒ ‒ ‒ ‒ Dashed Line = Cut
Construction Tips 
  • Don’t worry about tearing the tape off of the spool at exactly the right size. You can trim it after it is on the plane in most situations.
  • If you are in a situation where you need to wrap tape around a corner fold you can do this easily with scissors. Simply cut a slit in the tape up to where the tape meets the corner and then you can wrap both of the separate sides of the tape around the corner.
  • Although the designs in this book work well as they are, they can also be mixed and matched. You could for example take the nose and wings of one plane and add the tail and aft sections of another to it to create a completely new design. I encourage you to experiment with different combinations of the designs in this book and to continue to expand with your own designs.

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