Foam Glider Plane From Cup Noodles

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About: Hello my name is Bob and I like to make things. www.youtube.com/drbombayrastapet

I was dreaming away when eating my noodles. The foam of the cup reminded me of the foam planes I had when I was young. They were a lot of fun back in the days. Few minutes later I found myself making the airplane. First just from one layer, but I found out 2 layers gives you a much stronger plane.

Step 1: Check Out My Quick Video Tutorial!

In this video I show you how to make a foam glider plane from 2 cups of cup noodles.

Along with the video you can follow the (easy) steps below :-)

Youtube Video

Step 2: Get Your Noodles

Get 2 cups of cup noodles (or any similar brand)

Eat the noodles and cut the package so you have 2 sheets

Step 3: Flatten the Sheets

Flatten the sheets. I do this by using an hairdryer.

You can also use an iron to do this. If you use this method put some baking paper in between so the foam won’t melt onto your iron.

Pouring hot water can also help to straighten it.

Step 4: Glue the Sheets

Glue the 2 pieces together

Step 5: Draw and Cut

Draw your plane design onto the sheet and cut it out.

Step 6: Create Opening for the Wings

Create an opening for the wing and assemble the airplane.

Step 7:

Tape or glue some weight to the front. I used some coins.

Step 8: Test

Test your airplane, it might need some adjustments.

In my case my plane needed more weight at the nose. Especially for outdoor flying. Also slightly bending the wings can help improve flights.

Have fun ;-)

Thank you for checking out my Instructable ;-)

Please also check out my youtube channel

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Mschreib13

5 months ago

Great job. Here is a possible improvement. Instead of a straight slit fot the wing how about curving it for more lift?

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fmuhammad4Mschreib13

Reply 5 months ago

An idea I had, but forgot to implement before I cut the slit, was to have a hole and then various slits at say 5 or 10 degree angles to be able to play with what works best. Downside would be having to adjust the wind EVERY time.

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fmuhammad4

5 months ago

I actually did the reverse. My kid got a foam one and the winds snapped in half at the intersection with the body (on the third throw no less). so I traced that off onto a sheet of ply and made one with that. That one also ended because it kept landing on its nose.

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bferron

5 months ago on Step 8

trace blueprint type diagrams of actual planes and put you weight coin or paper clip in the location of the engines and the plane will fly really well.

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farna

5 months ago

I used to make gliders from the foam trays meat comes packed on. Would have my mom save and wash them, then I'd draw WWII airplanes on them. Used paper clips and stick pins to weight the nose, but gluing a penny or washer to the front like you did would work well... but detract more from looks.

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bferronfarna

Reply 5 months ago

farna I used to have my kids do the same thing, the WWII planes came from a book that showed blueprint type diagrams of actual planes and by tracing them and using the paperclips where the engines were the planes flew really well.

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OmarJ3

5 months ago

You are like Picasso for freehand drawing. A suggestion for everyone going with this is to make the tailplane (stab & rudder) a little larger than scale size (say 50% by area) to help stability. This is standard practice for "free-flight" model airplanes. See you also added dihedral angle to the wings

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Bob-BeeRAVI_BUTANI

Reply 6 months ago

Thank you, that's an awesome project. Would love to motorize my plane as well

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Stan1y

7 months ago

UK noodle cups tend to be hard plastic, kebab/takeàway food boxes are frequently foam as ar some trays meat comes on they would do for substitute materials I think

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Bob-BeeStan1y

Reply 7 months ago

Thank you, I didn’t know that. Yes I think any foam box would be suitable as a recycle material for a plane as you mentioned. The good thing with those noodle cups is they don’t break easily , like some other styrofoam boxes

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Matlek

7 months ago

Nice project to recycle noodle cup!

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Uncle Kudzu

7 months ago

Great idea! Who knew you could flatten a noodle cup like that? What a fun project!

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