The technique of making duct tape rods is difficult to learn, but you will be able to make things entirely out of duct tape. Such as houses, cars, electronic stands, stems for duct tape roses, and many more. Let your imagination guide you, press on to see what other awesome things you can make out of duct tape. I believe in you! now get to it!
Step 1: Duct Tape Rods
Trouble shooting. Warning this is a frustrating technique to learn and will take lots of practice.
1.The tape doesn't want to roll?
lift the tape off the pad again and. gently put it back down.
2.The mouse pad is too thin and goes with the Duct tape. try gluing the mouse pad to something firm like thick card board or wood.
3. The roll always crinkled. make sure you are pushing evenly or cut the strip in half lengthwise and it should crinkle less.
4. Tip when making roads always try to make them longer than your desired length, you will almost certainly have to trim the ends.
Now we have one sticky rod which has its uses, but for now we need to place a piece of duct tape sticky side up roughly the same length as the rod. Carefully place the sticky rod on the edge of the strip. Put you fingers on it again and roll it across. You should have one completed rod, to make it thicker just tear another piece of duct tape and put it sticky side up and roll your non sticky rod across it. Keep doing that till you get your desired thickness. photo 19 on the far right is the rod with half thickness I took one strip and cut it in half and did the above steps. Far left rod used about 12 strips of duct tape and is really ridged. Then cut off the ends with a strong and sharp pair of scissors and you have a finished rod that can be used to the ends of your imagination!
Step 2: Duct Tape Rod Cuts
12 rods at 6 1/2 inch
7 rods at 1 1/4 inch
4 rods at 2 1/2 inch
2 rods at just under 2 inches for front wheels
1 rod at 1 1/2 inch for rear wheel.
propeller rod half thickness a 1 1/2 inch . The propeller at 2 1/2 inch
Step 3: General Assembly
Wings! place four 6 1/2 inch rods side by side. Place a piece of duct tape on each end and one in the middle. then flip over the whole wing to fold over the other side of the tape.Then place another piece over the seam of the first piece. (photos 3,4, and 5)
Tails! put the four rear wings rods together and tape them in the middle(photos 5,6,7, and 8). now do the same for the Rudder( photos 9,10, and 11).
To make the whole process easier I pre cut a bunch of strips of duct tape about 3/4 inch wide( photos 12 and 13)
Step 4: Biplane Tail Assembly
Step 5: Main Under Wing
Top wing supports! Mark the center of each side of the wing with a sharpie. Then take a strip of tape put it halfway on the support rod (photo 9). Put the rod on the mark at the edge of the wing and fold the remaining tape under the wing. Once both rods are on, take a skinny piece and wrap it around both rods, this is when they will stay straight up.
Step 6: Top Wing
Step 7: Biplane Wheels
Step 8: Duct Tape Propeller
Step 9: The Windshield
Now enjoy your duct tape Biplane!
I hope you enjoyed this instructable, if you have questions please comment and I'll do my best to get back to you in a timely manner.