How to Make Balsa Gliders

In this instructable you will be learning how to build homemade balsa gliders.

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Step 1: Find Some Blueprints

Step 2: Cut the Fuselage

Now, you will cut the fuselage out of a piece of balsa wood.

Step 3: Cut Out the Stabilizers and Wings

Now, you are going to cut out the stabilizers and wings using the template provided in your blueprints. When cutting the wings, make sure you cut a slit on each side just about halfway through the balsa. Then, bend the ends up to form a curve.

Step 4: Now Glue the Stabilizers and Wings Onto the Fuselage

Step 5: Cut Out the Fin and Glue It Onto the Fuselage

Be very careful when gluing the fin on. Make sure it is lined up street so the plane does not turn in weird directions when you fly it later.

Step 6: You're Almost Finished!

Now we need to do is add a little weight to wherever you want it. This will help keep the plane flying straight and keep a balance during flight.

Step 7: Cut the Rubber Band Slot

Cut a small piece of wood like the on in the picture. Now, glue it onto the front of the fuselage.

Step 8: Glue It on Like This

Step 9: Put the Wings on If You Haven't Yet

Step 10: Your Done!

You have successfully built a model balsa glider!



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    4 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I've always loved balsa planes! Great job! I'd love to see the blueprints you used and a video of it in flight would be awesome!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! Sorry for the delay of my reply. I am not entirely sure what blueprints I used. I just downloaded them. The planes fly very well. They fly about 20 - 50 ft with a good throw. I used one of them in a competition.