The Moth

Difficulty: Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

Note: the pictures are below there respective text.

1. The first step in making this paper airplane is to cut a 4 1/2 by 11 inch rectangle from a regular sheet of paper. (Note, that's a bit bigger than half the sheet.)


2. crease the paper vertically by folding and unfolding.


3. repeat step 2 but horizontally this time.


4. Now fold the rectangle in half along the diagonal shown, lining up the creases as you fold it over.


5. Fold the edges in towards the center.


6. fold back the lower portions along the main mountain (dotted and dashed) folds. Next, fold those edges in to meet the center, folding along the valley (dashed) folds, to get the picture below.


7. Now, fold the top tab over along the valley fold shown. This won't stay flat as it's shown in the next few diagrams. don't worry until you get to step 14 when you will need to refold it.


8. fold the paper back and forth along the valley shown to create a crease. make sure the outer edges are lined up with the lower edges.

9. Then fold back and forth using the creases you made in diagram 8. as a guide, so that the edge just meets the creases.


10. Cut the top edges up to the first crease…
(those little bow ties you see at the top above are supposed to be scissors)


11. fold the flaps into the center.


12. Revers the fold, sinking the outer triangles into the center of the wing. make sure you don't let the previous sunk flaps pop up and mess you up. these flaps should end up being folded under a second time to prevent them from popping back up.


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 silhouette shown. 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.


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