Secret Paper Aeroplanes The Merlin
Secret Paper Aeroplanes - Main Page
Paper Aeroplanes - The Merlin
The Merlin is one of the most popular paper aeroplanes on this site. It is a good looking design that can fly steadily, for long distances, whilst maintaining a fairly fast pace.

It was designed as a replacement for The Lion paper aeroplane, and can fly better in most respects.

However, The Merlin is not a good paper aeroplane for outdoor flying. The outer parts of its wings are somewhat flimsy, meaning it does not cope well with breezes from the side. It also can become unstable if thrown very hard.

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

2. Fold the piece of paper exactly in half longways, then unfold. You should end up with something that looks like the picture on the right. In later stages, you will use the crease you have created as a guide fold, to help you get all your other folds straight.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 2 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 2a


3. Now fold one edge of the paper in wards, as shown in the picture on the left. Make sure the long edge of the flap of paper you are folding meets exactly with the centre line you created in Step 2. You should end up with something that looks like the picture on the right.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 3 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 3a

4. Then do the exact same thing on the other side of the paper. Again, make sure the long edge that you fold meets exactly with the centre line of the plane
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 4 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 4



5. Fold the corners of one end of the plane so they meet the centre line.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 5 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 5a

6. Now undo the folds you made in step 5.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 6 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 6a

7. The next fold is a little bit tricky. You're going to push one of the corner folds inside itself. Follow the pictures A to E through to see what I mean.
A
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 7a
B
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 7b
CPaper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 7c
D
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 7d
E
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 7e


8. Now do the same thing on the other side of the paper. You should end up with something that looks like this.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 8


9. Now fold the top layer of paper, on one side of the plane, along the yellow line as shown in the picture on the left. Pay attention to exactly where the yellow line starts and ends. You should get something that looks like the picture on the right.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 9 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 9a


10. Do the exact same thing on the other side.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 10

11. This step involves another slightly tricky fold. See the first picture to get a general idea and follow the subsequent pictures through A to C
 

Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 11
A
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 11a
BPaper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 11b
C
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 11c


12. Now to the exact same thing on the other side. You should end up with something that looks like this.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 12

13. Flip the paper aeroplane on to its back.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 13


14. Fold inwards along the yellow lines as shown.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 14 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 14a


15. Flip the plane back over. It should look like this.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 15


16. Fold along the yellow line as shown in the first picture. (A) shows the fold as it is being made; (B) shows the fold after completion.
 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 16
APaper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 16a
B
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 16b


17. Now fold the top flap of paper backwards according to the dimensions shown in the first picture. Pictures A to C show the fold being made.
 

Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 17
A
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 17a
BPaper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 17b
C
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 17c


18. Now tuck the front of the top flap of paper under the two triangular flaps of paper below it as shown in the diagram on the left. You should end up with something that looks like the diagram on the right.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 18 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 18a


19. Fold the paper aeroplane inwards in half, along the centre line. You should end up with something that looks like the diagram on the right.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 19 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 19a


20. Now it's time to fold down one of the wings. If possible, use the dimensions shown in the picture on the left.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 20 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 20a
 


21. Now fold the other wing down, so you have something that looks like this.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 21


22. Flip the plane on to its back and fold the fins according to the dimensions shown.
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 22 Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Step 22a


23. Flip the paper aeroplane over again, and you're done. Dance yourself a merry jig! However, don't dwell on your groovy moves for too long: almost all paper aeroplanes need calibrating before they fly properly, so click here now to learn what to do!
Paper Aeroplanes: The Merlin - Complete!



VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS
Remember, almost all paper aeroplanes need to be calibrated before they can fly properly - so visit the calibrating page now.
TEST FLIGHT
Secret Paper Aeroplanes - Main Page