How to build a model flying saucer

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How to build a model flying saucer
Real UFOs may be hard to find, but you can build one. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

More than one-half of Americans believe unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are real, according to a 2002 Roper poll, and 1 in 7 people report that they or someone they know has had a close encounter with a UFO or its inhabitants. A real UFO or flying saucer may be elusive, but you can capture your own flying saucer by building a model of one from scratch. All it takes is some materials you already may have at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Craft glue
  • 2 small plastic foam salad bowls
  • Plastic foam dinner plate
  • Water-based acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes

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  1. 1

    Put glue around the rim of one small, plastic foam salad bowl.

  2. 2

    Set one plastic foam dinner plate upside down on top of the salad bowl.

  3. 3

    Glue around the rim of one other plastic foam salad bowl.

  4. 4

    Place the second salad bowl upside down on top of the dinner plate. Center both bowls on the dinner plate. Let the model dry for one or two hours.

  5. 5

    Paint your flying saucer model silver or metallic grey with water-based acrylic paint. Let the paint dry. Add a second coat of paint if necessary.

  6. 6

    Apply a darker colour of paint to add details such as window frames, control surfaces, vents and outlines of entry and exit hatches.

  7. 7

    Paint a few "alien" symbols in bright colours on the top and sides of your flying saucer model.

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