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This is the first in a small series on making wooden toys from leftover pieces of wood or MDF. In this instructable I will show how you can build a simple toy airplane, with spinning propellor!


Step 1: Materials & tools

NOTE: I'm not giving any specific measurements, because everybody has his own taste in design, so everyone will probably make it a little bigger or smaller anyway...

For my airplane I used the following materials:
(ofcourse you can improvise according to what you have lying around)

- 1 piece of wood for the body (can be 1 solid piece or built up with layers of MDF)
- some smaller, thinner pieces of wood or MDF or triplex for the wings and tail
- 2 ice cream sticks for the propellors
- 1 round wooden stick for the nose
- a small piece of iron wire or paperclip for the axle of the propellors

And the tools I used to make it:
- saw (either a machine or handsaw)
- sanding paper (or machine if you have access to one)
- drill (using a nail and pulling it out also works)
- wire cutter
- woodglue

Step 2: Designing your airplane

First you have to decide on the type and size of the airplane you want to build. Make a sketch and write down the measurements. I usually eyeball the measurements and then round them off so they are easy to remember...

If you make any adjustments to this design, make sure you have everything you need!

Step 3: Making the body

Take the bigger piece of wood for the body, and draw your design on one side. Saw out the basic shape.

On the sawn piece, mark the shape of the body and either saw or sand it off.

When your basic shape is done, sand all the edges to make them smooth (especially for young children).

 
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wobbler2 months ago

Nice design! I made one very similar to this a long, long time ago for my daughter. Unfortunately it's flown off somewhere in the distant past so no photo. I added a round white plastic drawer knob to it on top to make a pilots head, which had the required handlebar mustache painted on and a bit of ribbon tied around it as the scarf.

I also put two solar cells, one on each wing and fed these through a diode to a couple of rechargeables and fed this via a switch to a motor to turn a propellor. That part was a dismal failure but maybe with modern solar cells it would work better.

Dr.Paj4 years ago
How far does it fly, you never mentioned how well it will fly.
(I'm kidding so don't tell me it isn't meant to fly)

Anyway, looks good, maybe a second plane could be a biplane.
Maybe even a plane with 3 wings (triplane?)

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l8nite4 years ago
thats really cute! lookin 4ward to more
ChrysN4 years ago
Cute plane, nicely done!
LoneWolf4 years ago

Nice Job :) Very well done.