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The Omniwing Zeta (or simply Zeta) is a refined variant of the popular Advanced Omniwing flying wing paper airplane by menamiketrx of YouTube, meant to be fast, long range and stealthy. While the Zeta does retain a good portion of its predecessor's features, it also integrates new building techniques that enable easier construction and better performance.

Development

Development of the Zeta began after I revisited the Advanced Omniwing in November 2015. As it had been some time since I'd last made an Advanced Omniwing, I had forgotten just how much imprecision there was in the design during construction. Knowing that approximation can sometimes lead to problems if certain things are not estimated correctly, I decided to redesign the aircraft to standardize construction. In addition, because of previous experiences with the Advanced Omniwings, I decided I would also integrate vertical stabilizers into the design to improve stability. As I had previously found that six vertical stabilizers provided sufficient yaw stability on unmodified Advanced Omniwings, I believed that this number would be sufficient for the Zeta as well. With these two construction goals in mind, I began prototype work on "the Zeta project."

The first Zeta prototype ("YF3-6A") was made by myself over several hours' time with design decisions made as production progressed. Its general layout was very much like that of an unmodified Advanced Omniwing but its internal structural design became substantially different. Unlike the standard Advanced Omniwing, the Zeta's longerons and spars are one modular assembly composed of several standardized parts, secured into the airframe at key points. This design change offered the advantage of enabling easier construction by allowing individual parts for these structures to be made and handled separately for a long period of time before being put together and then fitted to the wings in a larger group. Eventually, I modified the internal structures of the design to give it better strength with only a very meager amount of weight being added. The design with those modifications excelled and was approved for publication as the F3-6C.

TAA USAF Designation: F3-6C

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

Required:

8 Pieces of 8.5 inch by 11 inch Paper

2 Post-Its (3 inch by 3 inch)

Tape

Scissors

Ruler

Pencil

ArSenA61 year ago

by any chance, is the omniwing swift easier to make than the zeta? i know youve done a great deal of simpifying it as much as you can but iv go no experience inthe zeta's family.

OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  ArSenA61 year ago

The Swift is essentially a half-scale Zeta with some detail differences (like the stabilizers).

Because of this, I would say the Zeta is the easier of the two to build due to its having bigger parts to work with. The Zeta does require more materials though.

this airplane is undeniable and the greatest one you did. very excellent work

this is the king of all paper airplanes

:-D♡♣

I am glad you like the Zeta. :)

NebulaIX2 years ago

it's confusing for people without a technical under

technical understanding

OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  NebulaIX2 years ago

I imagine there was more to your post than what there appears to be, but I will presume that it was probably something to the effect of "it's confusing for people without a technical under[standing of paper airplanes]."

The only thing I can respond to that with is that I have gone to great lengths to make the Zeta easy to construct by design; its instructions are written in detail with notes on what portions pertain to which photographs and that I will do my best to help those with questions. The sole caveat to the last bit there is I ask that they tell me which part is troubling them. I can only help someone if they explain to me what problems they are having.

General comments are great to make, but the absence of specifics is crippling to accomplishing any sort of meaningful change that could make things better.

-OAE

bleake3 years ago
The problem I am having with the instructions is what picture goes with what part of the instructions. It would be easier if you had the pictures marked and referenced within the instructions.
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  bleake3 years ago
I have integrated notations of what photographs pertain to which paragraphs in the instructions. That should help you out.

-OAE

very confusing

Can you explain why this is confusing to you? Everything is very specific and explained by photographs and a detailed written explanation.

very complicated instructions quite hard to follow

Care to elaborate? The instructions are very detailed and specify how to make just about all parts.

Hi @OAE, I'd say don't mind the negative comments, these are people who probably can barely operate a smartphone if it doesn't resemble an iPhone of sorts. Nowadays rich craft projects like yours are dying because more and more people think the world should come pre-chewed and served to them in a silver tray; hence the "too difficult and hard to follow" comments with no details - I'd bet 2c they didn't even start the assembly - It's more fun to bash the poster and thus alleviate the feeling of being incapable without even trying out first. Seen loads of these fellas around here and it still puzzles me why these people even bother to access a website like this as opposed to spending their lives logged to their Facebook accounts all day long.

Very detailed instructable ! Great work :)

Very detailed instructable ! Great work :)

Very detailed instructable ! Great work :)

RamblinLane3 years ago
Very nice. is there any special techniques for launching it?
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  RamblinLane3 years ago

To grip the Zeta at launch, hold the
aircraft with your index and middle fingers above the wing and between
the two center most fins. The wing should rest on your thumb and ring
finger which should be below the wing. (As I am away from my own Zetas at the moment, I cannot take a
picture of the launch configuration, but the image attached is analogous
as to what things should look like).

When ready for launch,
advance the aircraft forward through the air at moderate to high speed
at neutral or positive (level with the ground or angled slightly away
from the ground) and while holding it like this then release.

-OAE

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