Den 14. okt. 2018 kl. 22.33 skrev Gerardo @neorigami.com > > 1. The site calls it "swallow paper airplane". Do you know the model by any > other name? I want to look for other instructions for it and, if it does > have a different name, it would be very helpful to know. Similar name in Danish. A slight variation is called “svalehalefly”, swallow tail airplane. > 2. Is it a traditional model? If not, who created it? It is traditional. I learned 2-3 variations from my father 50 years ago who learned those as a child himself, and I have seen several variations shown by elderly people when giving open workshops at fairs etc. here in Denmark, often old men proudly showing that they also can do paper folding.
This includes both the nose, the cutting off the tail, the wing folding, the tail cuts, and the tail insertion. As that is 5 parameters that each can be varied more or less systematically, I cannot swear to having seen the exact combination displayed in the link, but that does not make it non-traditional. Two examples are from a 1944 origami book (which my father learned from as a child). You can see them in a couple of pictures on my web page here: http://papirfoldning.dk/historie/folderier_en.html under the names of “glider” and “flying swallow”. In a newer, Danish book, “Air planes” by Erik Rønholt 2012, models 15 - 21 are called aerobatic planes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, drone, classical gliders 1 and 2, and wasp. A couple of these also occur in his 1990 book “Paper folding” under the names air plane 2 and 3. The book “Play with paper” by Thea Bank Jensen 1956 has another variation, just called “air plane”: same nose, but tail cut off along the water bomb base, and without the extra, horizontal folds, and without the tail cuts. Paper folding books in other languages surely contains many of these and many more variations. I see some in e.g. Nick Robinson’s books. To me, all these are “use your imagination” variations of the same 2-3 basic water bomb nose air planes, known for the last century. Best regards, Hans