Dollar Tree Foam Board Plane




Easy and cheap motorized plane!!!

Step 1: Materials

What you need:
1 sheet of dollar tree foam board
2AA Batteries
1 Motor
Tin foil
Hot glue
You can get the clockwise or counterclockwise one depending on the way you motor spins.
Electrical tape
Box cutter

Step 2: Air Frame

Measure 5" down from the two short ends. Then measure 14 3/4" in from the long end opposite too the 5" marks. Connect the dots to form a House looking shape and two small triangles. Cut on the line.

Step 3: Vertical Stabilizers

Split your small triangles in half to form two smaller identical triangles. Now cut the other pieces to make 4 identical small right triangle. THEY MUST BE RIGHT ANGLES. Measure in 6 inches from the end and Then glue the big triangles on and hold them up(they must be straight). When it drys glue the small triangles on the side of them to stabilize them.

Step 4: Motor

Take a small piece of tin foil and use it to connect the two opposite sides of the batteries. Tape down with electrical tape. Then use two longer piece of tin foil to attach to the motor. Now tape your motor onto the frame. Then tape down your batteries. Connect one end other motor to the battery and put a piece of tape on the other for when it is ready to fly. Now add the propeller and its ready to fly.

Step 5: Test

After many test I have concluded that there has to be a swishy added to ensure that the connection is not lost in mid flight. But with many successful flights I can determine that this is one of my easiest and best design yet!!!



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    1 year ago

    Awesome project from the DOLLAR TREE!


    1 year ago

    Suggestion: The small triangles used to brace the vertical stabilizer do a good job but they block airflow over the wing. This causes "drag". Instead, try using a bamboo Bar-B-Q skewer. Poke the skewer thru the tip of the wing and the top of the vertical stabilizer. Hot melt glue it in place. You can add a second one between the middle of the wing and the top of the stabilizer. Repeat for the other stabilizer. The net result will be 4 large triangle braces much like the small foam core ones, but with MUCH less drag.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    I actually did try one like that when what's testing out the designs. I found the difference was very little and the little triangles were much easier to do.
    Thank you anyways.


    1 year ago

    That's a fun way to make one :) I'd like to see a video of how it flies.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    I tried to make a video but when it taped it my camera wasn't working. Maybe when it is fixed I can post a video. But it traveled pretty far then fell down with the wind.