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Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder Spyder paper aeroplanes are beautiful to look at. They can also fly pretty well. Although you're unlikely to break any records with this design, if they're well made, you can get some decent 10-15 metre flights out of them.

The Spyder is also a good paper aeroplane for performing aerodynamic experiments, as it has a front set of wings (called canards), as well as a back set. You can experiment with tweaking this wings indepedently to see what different effects they have on the paper aeroplane's flight pattern.

1. Take one A4 piece of paper.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 1


2. Fold the piece of paper exactly in half longways, then unfold. You will use the crease you have created as a guide line in future steps.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 2 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 2a


3. Fold the corners at one end of the paper so they meet the centre line.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 3 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 3a


4. Fold the tip of the plane back so it meets the points where the other folds cross.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 4 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 4a


5. Now refold along the centre line, so that the folds you have made in steps 2-4 are on the outside.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 5 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 5a


6. Fold along the yellow line on one side of the paper as shown in the diagram on the left. You should get something that looks like the diagram on the right.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 6 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 6a


7. Repeat the fold on the other side.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 7


8. Fold along the yellow line on one side of the paper. If you've got a ruler handy, use the dimensions as shown in the diagram. If not, just use your best guess. You should aim for something that looks like the diagram on the right.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 8 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 8a


9. Repeat the fold on the other side.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 9

10. Now fold up along the yellow line on one side of the paper. It is possible to fold the entire length of paper in one go; however, sometimes it is easy to do it in two stages, as show by the marks A and B in the diagram.

Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 10 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 10a


11. Repeat the fold on the other side.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 11


12. Uncrease along the centre line so the plane is flat.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 12 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 12a


13. Fold inwards along the yellow lines.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 13 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 13a


14. Refold along the centre line, so that the folds you made in Step 13 are on the inside.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 14 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 14a


15. Now we're going to fold down both the front and back wings on one side of the plane. It's possible to fold both at once, but you can also do one at a time.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 15 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 15a


16. Repeat the fold(s) on the other side. You should end up with something that looks like this.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 16


17. Flip the paper aeroplane on to its back. It's now time to fold the fins.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 17 Paper Aeroplanes: The Spyder - Step 17a


18. Flip the plane back over and behold! You're done! Tell your friends. But do not celebrate too hard, lest you forget that almost all paper aeroplanes need to be calibrated before they fly properly. Click here now for instructions on what to do!
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VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS
(Note: The video instructions still call this paper aeroplane by its old name 'The Pixie')
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