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This instructable will show you how to make a rubberband airplane with balsa wood and styrofoam.

The goal of this airplane is to fly as far as possible.

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Step 1: Requirement materials

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1. a styrofoam plate

2. balsa wood

a. 2 bars of 5mm x 5mm x 1000mm

b. 1 bar of 8mm x 5mm x 1000mm

c. 1 bar of 15mm x 5mm x 1000mm

d. a few plates of 1 mm x 100mm x 1000mm

e. a plate of 3 mm x 100 mm x 1000mm

3. glue for wood

4. hot glue

5. an 8x5 propeller

6. beads

7. some paperclips

8. rubberbands

Step 2: Make the wings and the tail

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Start by sawing your styrofoam plate in a shape your wing and tail will look like.

If you 've done that, make the shape of your wing and tail as you want it with sandpaper.

This will go very easy.

In my model I have chosen to make a tail which consists of 4 parts (top, left, right and bottem).

If the wingshape is ready glue the thinnest Blasa plate on the top of the wing.

Step 3: The body of the airplane part 1

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Draw the shape of your body on a piece of paper.

Make sure that you there is enough room in the middle for your rubberbands, also for your balsa bars at the edge of your design: at the bottem and top the bars of 15 mm x 5 mm x 420 mm (the length of your plane)

horizontal place for the bars of 8 mm x 5 mm x 420 mm and between those two some place for the bars of 5 mm x 5 mm x 480 mm.

Cut this shape out.

Draw this piece 5 times om your balsa plate of 3 mm x 100 mm x 1000 mm.

Cut these all out.

Very well written! I love flying contraption instructables. How far would you say this awesome plane flys?
ystoelen (author)  trans4mation1 year ago

thanks. this one flew about 15 m - 20m.

djsfantasi1 year ago
How do you find the right spot for the wing?
ystoelen (author)  djsfantasi1 year ago
I've done it by balancing the body of the plane on my finger until I found the spot where it was in balans. Then I marked this point. I did the same with the wing and put thoose two marked points together.

Then i tested it a few times to adjust it a little bit.
This looks awesome, very nice!
zrelli1 year ago

Thank you very much...you are genius

this is truly amazing, not that I have not heard the concept of this type of plane but your design and instructions really are great thank you for this.

Wow. Beautifully made, nicely documented.

a video would be great. aweosme plane!