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This is an easy balsa wood plane that will take you only about an hour to make. It makes a great decorative item or wall art. This project is a great beginner project for someone just getting into balsa or wood models.

What You Need:

-Small Balsa Sticks
-Glue
-Wax Paper
-Scissors
-Paper
-Pencil
-Thin Wire
-Small Prop

Step 1: Design

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First step is to design the plane you want. Make sure to design the three parts separate and to scale. Divide it up into fuselage, wing, and elevator. This will make the assembly much easier.
 
rimar20002 years ago
Nice model.

But you should know that the only stable bidimensional structure is the triangle. Due to this is that all fuselages have diagonal struts.

You don't need believe me: you can try many different polygons made of sticks, and you will see that all but the triangle are weak.
JSTArollin (author)  rimar20002 years ago
I completely agree. But I made this for looks and not structural stability and strength. Thanks for the comment!
yapoyo2 years ago
if you cover it with tissue or monokote or something it might fly. try http://www.instructables.com/id/Airplane-Covering-With-Plastic-Wrap/ or you could also try http://www.instructables.com/id/Covering-a-model-airplane-in-Tissue/ and it might fly.