How to make a Trojan Horse model

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How to make a Trojan Horse model
The Trojan Horse was the key to Achaean victory in the Trojan War. (Getty Creative)

Building models is a great hobby that can be done for fun and even to make a little money on the side. Recreating mythical history with your models can be especially rewarding. This article shows you how to bring to life the mythic Trojan Horse used by Greeks to enter Troy during the Trojan War in Greek mythology.

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Things you need

  • Craft sticks or tongue depressors
  • Strips of newspaper
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Four plastic bottle caps
  • Cedar wood chips
  • Small black buttons
  • Two 8-cm (3-inch) pieces of thin rope

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  1. 1

    Construct a wooden horse frame from craft sticks. Make the frame 30 cm (1 foot) high and 60 cm (2 feet) long. Glue the craft sticks together to form a rough horse. You can slightly break sticks to round the figure off. You'll be covering this later, so there's no need for perfection. You just need something to build on.

  2. 2

    Make a papier-mache mixture. You can do this with a fifty-fifty mix of white glue and a mixture that is one part water, one part flour.

  3. 3

    Dip newspaper strips into the papier-mache mixture and layer the strips over the craft stick structure. Continue to layer the newspaper strips over the Trojan Horse frame, criss-crossing them as you go. Use plenty of newspaper. You want a thick, strong coat of it.

  4. 4

    Let the Trojan Horse model dry for at least 2 hours, then glue thin cedar wood chips all over the entire piece. Be sure none of the newspaper is visible.

  5. 5

    Cut a small trap door into the chest of the Trojan Horse model and attach one of the thin pieces of rope to each side of the door and the horse's chest. These represent pulleys.

  6. 6

    Cover four plastic bottle caps with glue and fix them to the Trojan Horse model to represent wheels. This will give you your very own representation of the Trojan Horse.

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