The seaplane is a special aircraft designed to take off from water and land on water. There are two kinds of seaplanes; The floatplane and the flying boat plane. The floatplane has slender pontoons mounted under the fuselage. In the flying boat plane, the fuselage acts much like a boat and have small floats on the wings to keep the plane stable on the water. This Seaplane paper airplane resembles the flying boat plane that has small floats on the wings.

Folding Instructions


 Step 1
Start with an  8 1/2"x11" paper.  Fold the paper in half crosswise and unfold. Then fold the top corners inward to the center crease.

Step 2
Fold the top point down to meet the inside corners.



Step 3
Fold the top corners so they lie on the tip of the triangle section.

Step 4
Fold the tip to the bottom edge.




Step 5
Fold the triangle part up along line as shown.  The folding line should be about 1 1/2 inch(4cm) below the top edge.
Step 6
(1) Fold the left corner as shown.
(2) Crease along the vertical  edge of the triangle flap. (3) Unfold the triangle flap.

Step 7
Insert your index finger under the top layer of the corner and push to make a valley fold along  the vertical crease as shown in A.  Refer diagram B and C.  The flap is made for floating boat.

Step 8
Repeat steps 6,7 for the right side wing.
Then fold the paper in half.(Mountain fold)




Step 9
Crease two lines as shown in A and B. Push the tail corner inward to make a tail fin as shown in C. It is an inside-reverse fold.


Step 10
Fold the wing down.


Step 11
Fold up the wing tips. Adjust the wings and the floats mounted on the wings to match the profile. 

Step 12

The Seaplane is completed. You may bend the tip of the float about 90 degrees to make a real float shape.

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