The earliest known studies on flying were in 400BC with the development of kites in China. Samuel P. Langley built the first flying machine that looked like an aeroplane in 1891. Since that time many innovations have led to the planes we have today. Make a small glider aeroplane out of flat toothpicks and glue. Use a children's glider plane as the pattern to create the wings, tail and body.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Children's glider balsa aeroplane
- Flat toothpicks
- White glue
- Craft knife
Open a children's glider plane kit and remove the pieces. Use each piece as the pattern for the flat toothpick aeroplane parts.
Lay the wing of the children's aeroplane glider on the table. Begin at one edge and lay flat toothpicks side by side to create the length of the wing.
Glue toothpicks on the top of the covered wing in a zigzag fashion to hold the toothpicks in place. Do two rows of zigzags to secure all toothpicks.
Brush a very thin coat of white glue over the visible surface of all toothpicks. Let dry.
Turn the wing over and place a mark on any toothpicks that stick out past the edge of the wing. Remove the wing pattern and cut off any excess toothpicks using a craft knife.
Follow the same steps to make each aeroplane part. Assemble the parts as you would the balsa glider.
Tips and warnings
- Use a very thin coat of glue over the visible area of the toothpicks during construction. The glue is only meant to fill the openings between the toothpicks and not to hold the toothpicks together. The zigzag pattern must connect all toothpicks to keep them in place.
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