Whitewings

Whitewings plane

Last time I was in the US, I was wandering around Frys looking for something to take home for the kids. I ended picking up a couple of packs of Whitewings paper gliders (http://www.whitewings.com) - 12 different models for about $15.00. It claimed on the box that they are the "World's Best performance Paper Gliders', and I can vouch that they are! They are a combination of a balsa body and paper wings that you glue together with PVA craft glue. I made them ages ago and never got round to flying them, so today we finally had a go, and they are excellent. You get some gauges that you use to set the dihedral and camber of the wings, and to fly them you launch then into the wind using a little rubber-band catapult. They will easily go the length of a football field, and if tuned properly will fly in a wide circle as they drift downwind. The kids loved them. I've not been able to find a stockist in the UK, but I'm sure there must be one.

Top tip: After you build them, spray them with sealer - the type artists use for protecting chalk and charcoal drawings, and they won't get soggy if they land in a puddle :-)

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