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Super Simple Paper Airplanes

Robinson, Nick
Super Simple Paper Airplanes
Publisher: Sterling Publications
1998, 128 pages, softcover
English. ISBN: 0806937793

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Hand-drawn-style, very clear diagrams, with color final photos of each model. Each includes flying hints, including adjustments, flight characteristics, etc. A terrific collection of simple models, with a few more difficult ones thrown in to help the learner stretch their origami muscles as they go.

Chapter 1, "Basics of Folding" consists of a great introduction, description of folding techniques and tips, as well as the symbols and basic folds used in the book.

Chapter 2, "Paper sizes and Types" includes instructions for dealing with both American and A-sized rectangles, conversion to and from the sizes, etc.

Chapter 3, "Principles of Flight" is a nice introduction to basic aerodynamics, understandable by anyone. [Speaking as an ex-aeronautical engineer, I can tell you this is no simple task. Bravo, Nick!]

After the model section, there is also a bibliography, a list of international origami associations and their contact information, and an index for the book.

Model Creator/Diagrammer Paper Shape, No. Steps, Notes
Chapter 4 Classic Designs
Classic Dart - rectangle; 6 steps
Classic Glider - rectangle, 9 steps
Gliding Toy - square, 6 steps; (tubular plane)
Hawk Dart - rectangle, 15 steps
Chapter 5 Modern Designs
Canard Glider Nick Robinson square, 13 steps; canard-style aircraft have the tail surfaces at the front
Reeve's Floater Mark Kennedy A4, 9 steps
JS Dart John Smith square, 9 steps
Stunt Plane Max Hulme square, 9 steps
Bomber   A4, 15 steps
Snub-Nosed Delta   rectangle, 11 steps
Backwards Plane Carlos Gonzalez Garcia square, 9 steps ; unusual planform; looks like it's flying backwards
"Fold Your Own" Nick Robinson cigarette paper, 8 steps
Level-Track Delta Stephen Weiss Amer.rect, 15 steps
Tri-plane Nick Robinson square, 13 steps ;(tri is not number of wings, but use of 60-degree symmetry)
Sky Yacht Kunihiko Kasahara square, 12 steps; unlikely-looking, with a huge tail fin, but flies well
Fly Dart Nick Robinson square, 13 steps ; named for its fly-head shaped nose
Parrot Edwin Corrie, Nick Robinson square 17 steps
Jet FIghter Kunihiko Kasahara square, 9 steps
Avion Didier Boursin square, 10 steps
Sweptback Wing Airplane James M. Sakoda rectangle, 7 steps
Little Nick Nick Robinson square, 12 steps
Boxoid Michael Weinstein A4, 14 steps; open box-shaped fuselage
Glider Francis Ow square, 12 steps
Delta Glider Larry Hart square, 16 steps
Kendal Flier David Mitchell A4, 13 steps; (launchable with a rubber band)
The Daisy Nick Robinson A4, 14 steps; (launchable with a rubber band)
Chasseur Alain Georgeot A4, 1 steps; nifty fighter-like design
Harrier Michael Weinstein A4, 20 steps; (not the British V/STOL aircraft)
Chapter 6 Airborne Origami
"When I See An Elephant Fly" Nick Robinson square, 16 steps
Helice Didier Boursin 2:1 rectangle, 11 steps
One-Way Tray John Smith Square, 10 steps ; doesn't really fly; but always lands one way up
Heptad Ring Jeff Beynon square, 7 units
Boomerang Max Hulme 2:1 rectangle , 16 steps
Flying Saucer Nick Robinson square, 11 steps
Rocket   square, 25 steps
Helicopter Nick Robinson square, 10 steps
Flying Santa Paul Jackson square, 16 steps
Sky-Flying Butterfly Yoshihide Momotani square, 11 steps
Moth Nick Robinson rectangle, 16 steps
Flapping Bird (traditional) square, 21 steps

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