It’s impossible for me to pass by a bookshop. It’s like a magnet leading the direction of my steps into it. In most cases I leave the shop with a book under my arm. Last time it was a book about paper airplanes. You know - it’s the type printed on high quality paper, with patterns composed from flowers, crazy graphic shapes, funny elements, and wildly coloured futuristic jet airplanes. The pages can be ripped out for instant folding ( ARF so to speak ).
I didn’t want to destroy this beautiful book. Instead my brain started working instantly. Within minutes my head was full of ideas for exciting paper flyers; better than what was presented in the book and - of course - strongly inspired by our common hobby. Right from the beginning it was quite clear that the dilettantish way of colouring the ready folded flyer with coloured pencil or water colour was out of the question. The design was easily lead out with the computer; Corel Draw is the perfect tool for this task. The design was printed on paper before the airplane was folded.
                     
 
                     
To know where the colour areas and lines have to go we simply use a test glider from white sheet and roughly draw the desired pattern on the folded flyer. This is absolutely necessary, because it’s impossible to decide where the colour areas have to go when the blanc white sheet is lying in front of you. The complicated folding process will not allow a correct arrangement beforehand. When unfolded we can easily see the required layout and precisely place the necessary areas, lines, and elements.
 
                               
There are many ways to fold a paper glider. The choice is almost unlimited. We can find suggestions in books or on the Internet.    
There are flyers with superb longitudinal stability ( they only fly straight ahead ); flyers with low resistance to gravity; and flyers which refuse to fly without considerable input from clips, glue, and scissors. I have concentrated on one design since I think it is a top flyer. It’s generally accepted as the best ; sometimes it’s called the “ Swallow” , but names change. I’ve tried to make some drawings of the folding process.
                   
         
                   
It’s not easy to explain. If anybody has problems especially with the last steps there are similar pictures on various websites. May I recommend the one with good explanation: www.zurqui.com/crinfocus/paper/airplane.html . There are also folding tips for other paper models. I have shown only one picture with two flyers which were folded by another method. It’s the “Ferrari” and the “Sauber/BMW” Formula 1 race cars. Just to show you what is possible.
                                             
                 
   
                 
Some pictures show readily folded airplanes, on other pictures you can see the finished product together with the print layout. Seeing only this doesn’t help the imagination of how the final airplane might look. The range of designs goes from jet style fighters to World War 1 aircraft, also the Wright flyer is included. Even the Archeaopterix comes out of the Cretaceous period for some seconds of smooth sailing across your living room.
             
 
This being a website for control line aerobatics I must not forget to reproduce some of our most famous stunt designs. A Nobler and a Thunderbird shouldn’t be missing here. Other designs are already considered and are waiting to go on the building - pardon, folding board.
                 
Paper airplanes offer possibilities we've never dreamed of before. They can be constructed out of light balsa wood; for structural rigidity some diagonal stiffeners can be added. Oak wood can be assembled with hefty steel machine screws. If pine lacks stiffness we can bolt on some stainless steel bearers. The fantastic aspect of all these applications: there’s absolutely no increase in weight !  
 
   
   
   
   
  Last but not least: we can make our most secret dreams come true. Imagine a smooth flight on a warm Oriental night over sleeping Kairo using a flying carpet !? We can make our own carpet. Just take a shot of your living room carpet, print on paper, fold, and enjoy the flight.

Okay - back to reality! Seems I’ve somehow lost the serious precision aerobatics trail, sorry for that. But if you feel bored from the contents of this page maybe this is not the right website for you. Before we return to the building board to construct another superior "Stilenoblares" some fun should be allowed in between pattern fights. At least I hope I have helped to revive your creativity for some leisure moments.

For those who like the idea and to wet your appetite ( and if you are not close friends with Corel Draw ) I have enclosed a few prints as PDF files for download. They are in Din A4 format ( 29 x 21 cm ). Printed on “Imperial” size and depending on your printer you may get a narrow white edge or a little bit is missing. Click on the little buttons, download your favourite design, print, fold, and start your paper air force career.
Keep folding !