How to build a toy motorised airplane

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How to build a toy motorised airplane
Boy with toy aeroplane (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Most kids know how to make paper aeroplanes by the time they reach the first grade. This article, however, will not only provide you with a means to make a 3-dimensional scale model of a paper aeroplane but show you how to make it fly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper aeroplane plans (found in the resources)
  • 2 sheets of smooth Bristol board, 230 by 305 mm (9 by 12 inches)
  • Vacuum formed T-6 Texan Plane Canopy
  • Gold Cap; 2.5v 3.3F, Panasonic
  • Small electric motor
  • Plastic propeller
  • Battery holder for 4 AAs
  • 2 Header pins
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Scissors
  • Printer
  • Computer
  • Wire spool
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire stripper
  • Soldering gun
  • Solder
  • Glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Go to the Resources below and download the plans for the paper aeroplane.

  2. 2

    Print the paper aeroplane plans out on your home printer, using one sheet of Bristol board per page of plans. Cut them out carefully with your scissors.

  3. 3

    Following the instructions on the paper aeroplane sheet plans, fold and glue the fuselage and wings into the correct shape.

  4. 4

    Add the cowling and elevator.

  5. 5

    Glue the wings in place.

  6. 6

    Decorate it with decals or markers.

  1. 1

    Using your soldering gun, solder the gold cap into place on the motor.

  2. 2

    Cut off a 75 mm (3 inch) piece of wire. Pull it apart to form two pieces and strip the ends. Attach one set of ends to the terminals on the gold cap and the other set onto the header pins.

  3. 3

    Place the power system into the body of the plane pulling the header caps out through the tail end so that the capacitor sits close to the back of the cockpit.

  4. 4

    Use your glue and affix the engine-nose disk onto the front of the cowling then add the cowling trim ring.

  5. 5

    Install the plastic propeller to the electric motor's shaft.

  6. 6

    Bend both wings upward slightly, being careful to not make any creases.

  1. 1

    Place the four AA batteries into the battery holder.

  2. 2

    Attach the header pins that are coming out of the tail end to the battery holder and charge the plane's engine until the propeller is spinning at full RPM.

  3. 3

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  4. 4

    Stand facing the wind holding the plane in your hand, and fling it using your arm.

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