Hi guys! I built this plane because of something I built a few years ago. If you look at the cockpit, you'll notice the 3-sided shape as well as the tan locks on top. I utilized that design on a different plane I built awhile back. The original plane I built had tiny mini-jets that connected to the underside. It was supposed to be a mother-ship (or something like that). The plane has moving landing gear, as well as a locking mechanism for the landing gear. It has moving parts: Landing gear, Rotors, swiveling engines. It's pretty sick.
Step 1: The Parts Count
Okay. Before we get started building, you need to know what pieces are necessary for the construction. Let's start crackin'. (I want you to know that my count may be off a few pieces, so you might want to bring a few extra, just in case.)
8-way mini transitioner-2
Open black wheel (25mm)-3*
Knex wheel (38mm)-2
Knex transitioner wheel(16mm)-2
Black ball joint-5
*The wheels MUST be open inside, otherwise the landing gear won't work.
Step 2: The Cockpit
Okay, the cockpit is a little confusing, but at least it's not the tail. You build those two sections with flexible (orange) rods. You need to make sure that two of the orange connectors are sticking UP, not sideways. Note: The sides are NOT symmetrical. That could lead to error.
Step 3: The Fuselage/Spine
Very straightforward, really. Don't forget to build that last part.
Step 4: The Tail
Now this is kinda confusing. Build those first 4 parts. Then put the white rod through the connector at the back of the central tail piece. Then connect the ball joints to that rod. That should be it.
Step 5: The Wings
Create the wings like in the first picture. Then build the 2 rotor assemblies. That's a blue clip, a 38mm wheel, a blue spacer, a white connector, and another blue clip, all stacked on a white rod. Then connect them like so. My thinking was that they were like the rotors on a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey (look that up, it's really cool).
Step 6: The Flight Systems
Pretty simple, that'll be the landing gear and the rear engines. 3rd pic: Those are miniature K'Nex.
Step 7: Putting It All Together...
Up until now, you've been creating the individual parts. Now here's the fun part: Putting it together!
Connect the cockpit to the fuselage like so. Then take that weird stick assembly (and the orange connectors) and attach them like I did. Then comes the tail (pretty straightforward). After that comes the wings (really fun, if you ask me). Then the landing gear and engines. That's your plane.
Step 8: How It Works.
The front wheels fold forward and the grey connectors slide over them, locking them in place.
Step 9: Congrats: You've Completed It!
So, this was pretty fun. Hope you guys like it. Any questions, feel free to ask in the Comments below. Otherwise, Toodles to all of you.