Super Slow Paper Glider

The heavy duty super slow glider ;-)

Yes, this thing could fly!

- easy to build
- easy to fly (throw it very soft!)
- easy to adjust
- ideal for large indoor areas

- not so good for windy outdoor use.

The Video:


Step 1: What Do You Need?

Only one sheet of paper!

I build it with a A4, 100g/m2 paper. (The red LED is only for size comparison.)

But any other size would also work! From small to huge!

Step 2: Make It Square!

fold it and cut it to make a square sheet of paper.

Step 3: Build the Heavy Nose

Fold half of the paper 4 times like shown in the 4 pictures.

Take care of parallel folding to the center line!

Step 4: Make It Round

make a nice round glider and put both ends together like in the pictures shown.

Step 5: Adjust the Glider for a Perfect Fly

Adjust the flyer at the end shown in the picture so that it glides like on a line!

=> Bend the end up to rise the nose until the flight.

=> Bend the end down to lower the nose until the flight.

And now have fun with this Instructable and build different sizes!

Don't forget. Throw it very softly! It's a slow glider.

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    haemink1

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Does it work good with a 80g paper too? WOW BEST INSTRUCTABLES EVER! YOU ARE THE BEST!

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    WattSekunde

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for all the nice comments! I've learned a lot from you, too.

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    signposts

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I've seen this before and forgot how to make it. Thanks for the instructions.

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    valhallas_endMikedood

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It's funny - I'd been really skeptical of the x-zylo because the commercials looked....fake.  I finally found a store nice enough to let me try one this summer, and surprisingly it worked as advertised.  It's tricky to throw, and a devil to catch (let's stick sharp plastic edges on a rotating plane and have someone stick their hand in the way!), but nifty.
    I didn't buy it though - tried building my own from light plastic, which worked somewhat well (not 200 ft well)....interesting project to say the least.

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    valhallas_endMikedood

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    We never really measured, but I'd guess 50 to 70 feet max?  Granted, I never quite figured the optimum angle to throw, and the plastic was a little...lumpy after forming.  Unfortunately, like most of my projects, the plastic was recycled for a model I'd been working on, but if I ever get some free time, I might try to build a new one and post an Instructable.  It looked a bit like the commercial version, but the bumped section in the back was sharper and the ring was longer....and had some logo from the scrap I'd used.

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    They fly better with two tails. Also, I like to throw them faster than in the video, and with a spin, like you would throw a football. It gives them a very erratic flight pattern.

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    zimmemic25

    11 years ago on Introduction

    its cool! i saw something like this before, but that didnt have ends connected. just a "round" piece of paper.

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    alanrb

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I have taped 5 of these together side by side, and they still retain nice flying ability. I am not sure what the limit would be. There is now sag, since the lift is the same on each section.

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    SpecieS~alanrb

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I've taped 9 of them together. A very big one and 8 smaller ones around it. It flies better than one alone or two side by side. =)