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How to make a paper aeroplane: The Lion
The Lion is one of my paper aeroplane favourites, I designed it when I was about 7 and it is very simple. It can fly reasonably quickly for a good distance; however, it is unlikely to be able to withstand a full force throw without buckling. It flys smoothly and beautifully, and is pretty reliable. It can also handle outdoor flying better than most paper aeroplanes. I used to fly this type of plane off the top of a hill near where I used to live and you could get some exceptional long distances out of it.

Photographic instructions for this paper aeroplane are towards the top of the page, video instructions are right towards the bottom

1. Take one A4 sized piece of paper
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2. Fold along the blue line, so you fold the paper longways exactly in half. Once you've got it perfect, open it back up again. You will use the crease you've created at the centre line as a guide fold.

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3. Now fold along the blue lines so that the flat edge at the top of the paper exactly meet the centre line. You should aim for something that looks exactly like the diagram on the right.

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4. Now fold along the blue lines again, so you get something that looks like the diagram on the right. Try to make sure that the diagonal edges of the folds you created in the previous step, now exactly meet with the centre line.

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5. Now fold the tip of the plane back 10.5cm.  Ensure that the tip of the plane meets the centre line exactly.

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6. On the top flap of paper that you've just created, fold back again according to the dimensions shown. Aim for something that looks like the diagram on the right.

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7. Now fold back along the centre line. Make sure all the folds you've created in the previous steps are on the outside, not the inside. You should get something that looks like the diagram on the right.

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8. Now we're going to fold down the wings. As you will see in the diagram on the left, the fold starts at an easily identifiable point where the folds cross near the nose of the plane. At the rear end, the fold should be about 2.9 cm up from the base of the fuselage. The means that the back of the fuselage will be slightly higher than the front.

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9. Now fold the wing down on the other side, according to the same dimensions. Once you're done, you should get something that looks like this.

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10. Now fold the wings straight so that they are roughly horizontal.

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11. Now we're going to fold down the fins. Place the plane on it's back and fold the fins according to the dimensions shown, making sure that they fall exactly parallel with the fuselage.

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12. Flip the plane over... you're almost done. Rejoice! However, remember almost all paper aeroplanes need calibrating before they fly correctly, so visit the calibrating page now.

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VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS
Once you're done, remember that almost all paper aeroplanes need to be calibrated before they fly properly.  So check out the calibration page now.
TEST FLIGHT


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