Step 1: Materials & tools
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
Step 2: Designing your airplane
If you make any adjustments to this design, make sure you have everything you need!
Step 3: Making the body
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).
Step 4: Making the wings and tail
Get some masking tape and build your model without glue to see if it is what you had in mind. Make adjustments where needed.
Glue the pieces of wings and the tail together. DO NOT glue the wings or tail onto the body just yet!
Sand the wings and tail to prevent sharp edges and hide the seams where you glued them together.
Step 5: Making the propellors & put it together
For the propellors we use 2 ice cream sticks. If the ones you have are too big for your airplane, just saw off a piece and sand the edge untill it's rounded.
I also cut out half of the sticks in the middle where they meet, so they fall into eachother. This isn't necessary but makes it look a little cleaner. Glue the 2 sticks onto eachother in the middle.
To make the nose cone, sand the larger round stick untill you get the desired cone shape. Then saw this off the stick. (if you reverse these steps it might be difficult to sand the piece)
Drill a hole into the body and the nose cone, the same size as your axle will be.
Drill a slightly larger hole in the middle of the propellors, so that it spins smoothly around the axle.
Cut your axle to size, so that it fits into the body and the nose cone, and leave enough space so that the propellors can spin freely.
Glue your axle into the body of your airplane, and wait for the glue to dry. Then put on the propellors and glue on the nose cone.