How to make glider planes

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How to make glider planes

Paper aeroplanes are cool, but they don't fly very far. If you want to really enjoy the thrill of flight, take things up a notch and build a toy glider. You can launch your glider by hand from the ground, or throw it from a hilltop or window to get a longer flight. Use cardboard to experiment with different designs. Then, when you find one you like, try building it out of balsa.

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Things you need

  • Pen
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Paper clips
  • Pennies

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  1. 1

    Draw a fuselage on a piece of cardboard. It should be about the same shape as a real plane.

  2. 2

    Cut two slots out of the fuselage for the wing and tail. The should be about as wide as a sheet of cardboard.

    How to make glider planes
  3. 3

    Cut out a wing and a tail. Each should be a rectangular, and wide enough to fit snugly in the hole you cut the wing.

  4. 4

    Measure the wing with a ruler and find the exact centre point. Make a mark on it with the pen. Do the same thing with the tail.

  5. 5

    Slide the wing into the glider so that it is centred as exactly as possible. Use a drop of glue to hold it in place. Do the same thing with the tail.

  6. 6

    Throw the plane. The plane will probably stall and flutter to the ground. If it does, add some ballast to the nose. Either fasten a few large paper clips to it, or glue pennies on.

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