Introduction: Wooden Model Plane
This Wooden plane is a nice piece to put on display in your home. This project is very self driven and gives you a lot of space for your own personal touches. For example, I chose to model my plane after a Curtiss P-40 "Tomahawk" which is a WW2 fighter plane, but you can model your plane after something of your choosing.
2 piece of 2” x 4” piece of wood both cut a couple inches longer than your plane
1 piece of 1/2" plywood big enough to fit your wings
2 pieces of 2” x 4” cut to about 12 inches
1 3/8" x 2” wood pin
Step 1: Make a Side Profile
You are going to want to find a side profile of your plane and trace it onto a piece of paper so you can trace the side profile onto your wood later.
Step 2: Making Your Plane's Body
To make your planes body you should take your two pieces of 2" by 4" and plane them so the sides are flat. When you are done planing your two pieces, glue the flat sides together and clamp them for 24 hours. When the glue is done drying sand down any excess glue and trace the side profile of your plane onto the wood.
Step 3: Cutting Out Your Body
Since the body of the plane is pretty thick, you will have to use a bandsaw with a fresh blade. While using the band saw make sure to use all the required protection. Use the bandsaw to cut along the trace of the plane. When your'e done cutting sand down your plane as needed.
Step 4: Make a Trace of Your Wings
Make a paper trace of the wings of your plane and then trace the wings on to your piece of ½ inch plywood.
Step 5: Cutting Your Wings
Since the wings are pretty thin you can use a scroll saw to cut out your wings(Make sure to use the proper protection). When you finish cutting your wings out, sand down the edges and make sure the wings are symmetrical and then use wood glue to glue them on the side of your body.
Step 6: Making Your Stand
Use two 12 inch pieces of 2 by 4 wood to make the base. Cut the first piece of wood into a curve shape and lay the second piece flat down and glue the end of the curve of the first piece of 2 by 4 on to the flat piece to make your stand.
Step 7: Connecting the Plane to the Base
Use a 3/8" bit to drill a whole into the top of your base and use a slightly larger bit ( I used a 7/16" ) to drill a hole into the bottom of the plane. Then take your 3/8" pin ( mine was made on a lathe, but you can buy own ) and hammer one end into the stand and then place your plane on the pin.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
You should be all done. I haven't painted mine but I suggest you paint your plane and add any of your own personal touches.