How to Make Simple Model Airplane Wings

Updated April 17, 2017

One of the most striking features on a model aeroplane are the wings. The wings give the model aeroplanes the ability of flight. They are also the most decorated part of the entire model, and unfortunately, the piece that is broken the easiest. That's why creating an extra set of simple wings for your model aeroplane is a great idea. You can even create different paint schemes for each set of wings you create and switch them out.

Trace the wing on a thin sheet of balsa wood by drawing a triangle that is 9 inches long and 3 inches wide. Make the bottom two corners. Cut this out of the wood sheet with a sharp X-Acto Knife.

Sand the edges of the wings with a sheet of 100-grit sandpaper. Sand down the top tip of the triangle so that it is now slightly flat at the tip.

Paint the wings using acrylic craft paint. Paint a base coat of white acrylic paint over the wing. Let this dry for 1 hour, and lightly sand the wind and add another coat. You can then create your own designs and place the symbols or logos you come up with on the left and right corners of the wings by painting the acrylic directly on the wing.

Let the paint dry, and you can slip the wing into any wooden aeroplane that has a wing slot. If necessary, you can lengthen the slot on the body of the plane to accommodate the wing by cutting a small groove 1/32 inch thick.


Use a ruler to keep your lines straight when tracing out the shape of the wings.


Don't put too much paint on the wings, or the paint will weigh the wings down.

Things You'll Need

  • 12-by-12 inch sheet of balsa wood (1/32 inch thick)
  • X-Acto Knife
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic craft paint
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Andrew DeWitt is a freelance writer/illustrator and stand-up comic with more than eight years of professional experience. He has written for Chicago Public Radio, Vocalo Radio, Second City Chicago, and The Lemming. DeWitt has a liberal arts degree with a double major in theater and creative writing.