I started a tradition when Thing One was born - every year I make an ornament for Thing One (and subsequently for Thing Two when he burst onto the scene). I try to make something novel and fun, inspired by things lying around in the house. I want something basic, that will last for years if cared for properly, and that will grow in sentimental value.

This is a re-creation of the airplanes I made a few years ago - I needed to take photos of the process so decided to make another one.


A cigar tube
Some sheet Aluminum
Fast setting epoxy
Primer and paint

Tools: Sheet metal cutters, toothpick/small skewer, modeling clay, sharpie pen, cardboard for wing templates

Step 1: Design The Silhouette

Locate a cigar tube of your choosing. Cut out cardboard (I used soda-can carton) templates of the wings and tail sections. I sketched a few profiles until I got one I liked that looked about right. Lay them out next to the tube to see if you like the silhouette before going on to cut the metal.
That's a nice looking model.<br /> I find with these two part expoxys that if you wait until they're <em>just</em> set, you can trim easily with a sharp knife - it saves a lot of sanding.<br /> <br /> L<br />
Thanks - I forgot to mention that you can 'tool' the epoxy as it hardens. I also found that working quickly with the just-mixed epoxy lets it 'flow' into the joint and smoothe itself out before it hardens. The later joints I didn't have to sand at all because I was getting so good at working the epoxy.<br />
Yes, but you have to get it right, start fiddling and you can end-up with &quot;I should have left that alone...&quot; (I know)<br /> <br /> L<br />

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