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Cardstock Spitfire

By: Noel Castro

This review is being made by the creator of this model, me, so I'll try my best to be as objective as I can. This glider is one of the first gliders I've designed in which I've tried to incorporate a 3D like style to the parts. Each layer you add not only adds balance and strength, but it also adds a kind of style or design to the glider that is augmented with a good color scheme.


The Program

The pattern and instructions for this glider comes in a program priced at $15. It comes in a package of 10 flying glider designs including an A-10 and an F-18. The instructions are very simple and easy to read, and it comes with multiple images of different angles to aid the assembly explanations. With printable patterns, you can make an entire fleet of gliders in an afternoon. It also comes with an intro to design section and printable materials for science projects and experiments.



Construction

The construction of this glider is fairly simple. If you print it on card stock, you can just cut out the parts with a good pair of scissors. Otherwise, you can print it on normal paper and trace the parts onto 3x5 index cards. I have found it to be easier to color the parts before beginning the actual assembly process. I've used wood glue for building this glider, because the finished glider has a good weight and balance after drying. The difficulty of assembly is low and totally takes about 1 hour including cutting out the parts. After gluing the glider together, I usually microwave it for about 15 seconds to speed the drying process. And while its still warm, I further straighten out the glider as when it cools down it becomes more stiff and less pliable.


Flying

On warm days, this glider can stay afloat for upwards of 10 sec. or more. By playing with the flaps on the tail and wings, I've been able to get this to do a few tricks such as loops and turns. Flying outdoors, I've usually used a rubber band or two to give it a good launch. Indoor flight with this is pretty fun too, while it's raining outside or too cold this is one that is fun to try and land on the table or shoot down with paper bullets.


Summary

For most occasions of paper flight, this glider will provide good entertainment. You can find out more about the program at http://www.nc-games.com/glider.html



By: Noel Castro