Nakamura Lock Paper Airplane

Nakamura Lock Paper Airplane

Nakamura Lock Paper AirplaneHere you’re going to learn how to make the the Nakamura Lock paper airplane which is is named after its creator, Eiji Nakamura, an incredible Origami artist.

Nakamura created what we today call the Nakamura lock when he realized that the many folds of a paper airplane don’t allow it to retain its shape well; the folds want to come undone. So he invented the very simple, yet effective, fold that we all know and use. He’s written several books, like this one titled Quick and Easy Flying Origami which you can see at Amazon.

This plane flies exceptionally well which I’m sure has to do with its great forward leaning center of gravity. It also looks really cool.

For some reason when people who have never made one of these talk about it, they seem to think that the Nakamura Lock Paper Airplane is difficult to make, when its really not much different than most other basic gliders that you’ve made. But here we’re putting all of that to rest and showing how simple this plane is to make.

How To Make A Nakamura Lock

  • Step 1 – Start with a plain sheet of paper, 8 1/2 x 11″. Fold it in half lengthwise, form a crease and then unfold again.
  • Step 2 – Now start as usual by folding one of the corners down until its edge lines up nicely with the center crease.
  • Step 3 – Go ahead and fold the other corner over in the same way.
  • Step 4 – In this step fold the top section (the two folds you just created) downward and fold them right where the edges of the top flaps line up.
  • Step 5 – Fold the tip of the flap up, about 1″ is fine. Create a nice crease and then open it back up.
  • Step 6 – Now fold one of the top corners down and in so that the corner tip lines up with the crease of the bottom tip. See photo below.
  • Step 7 – Fold the other corner down in the same way.
  • Step 8 – Here you will fold the bottom tip back up, and press it down over the two upper flaps you just folded. This is the Nakamura Lock.
  • Step 9 – Fold the plane in half with the folds on the outside.
  • Step 10 – Now fold down one of the wings, with the fold line just about 3/4″ from the bottom of the spine.
  • Step 11 -Fold down the other side and then fold the edges of the wingtips. That’s it.
  • Step 12 – Fly that thing!


The photos below will make this a snap to make.



Hopefully you found this tutorial on the Nakamura Lock paper airplane helpful. Be sure to check out some of our other guides like the one for the Interceptor.



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