How to make a beer can plane

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How to make a beer can plane
Beer can planes can be simply crafted. (can beer image by astoria from

Beer cans are tempting when they're full of liquid, a slight disappointment once they're nearly empty and usually end up in the trash once a beer drinker is through with them. For those who wish to take their love of the popular drink brewed with yeast, malt, hops and water a step further, a beer can aeroplane is a beautiful creation once it is finished. Putting together a model aeroplane out of empty beer cans requires a small amount of planning and preparation, but is an undertaking anyone can accomplish by taking a few simple steps.

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Things you need

  • Beer Cans
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Wire
  • String
  • Preprinted Model Airplane Diagram

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    Airplane Plans

  1. 1

    Acquire a model aeroplane diagram. Model beer can aeroplane plans can be purchased online, improvised from model aeroplane plans intended for construction through the use of more traditional materials, created with software or hand drawn.

  2. 2

    Make a hard copy of your model aeroplane diagram by using the home computer and printer. Make sure the printout is clear and that the details are easy to comprehend.

  3. 3

    Keep the diagram in an easy-to-get-to place prior to beginning construction. Referring to the diagram will be necessary whenever a difficult step is reached.

    Initial Construction

  1. 1

    Proceed with aeroplane construction in a manner that goes from the initial stages of construction to the more difficult portions in a methodical progression. For those using beer can aeroplane plans that don't specify specific steps, starting with the body of their beer can plane first is a prudent course of action.

  2. 2

    Cut the body into the desired shape before adding any other parts to ensure that the plane will come together smoothly.

  3. 3

    Attach the wings to the body once its initial construction is complete. Smaller additions such as a propeller, minor decorations and wheels can be added as finishing touches.

    Final Steps

  1. 1

    Examine the completed beer can aeroplane carefully and select a discreet position toward the top of the plane.

  2. 2

    Make a small incision in one or two of the cans used to build the plane. For those who don't care to make an incision in their plane, using glue on the desired spots is an effective alternative.

  3. 3

    Join together the wire and the beer can aeroplane using the holes made.

  4. 4

    Tie the string to the wires and hang the completed plane from an appropriate location.

Tips and warnings

  • Refrain from using damaged cans. Putting aside cans especially for use in the crafting of an aeroplane model, abstaining from crushing, and making sure any cans are completely empty prior to use in aeroplane construction will ensure that quality beer cans are available when needed. Remember that a beer can aeroplane doesn't necessarily have to be limited to a simplistic design when planning the project. Creating an elaborate model or constructing a beer can replica of a real-life jet is completely possible.
  • Half-empty beer cans will drip and fail to fit together properly if used for making an aeroplane.

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