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How to build a model flying saucer

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Things You'll Need

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

Tad Cronn is a professional journalist living in Los Angeles. His columns have appeared in the "Los Angeles Daily News," the "Seattle Post-Intelligencer," the "Orange County Register" and other publications. He is an award-winning illustrator, author of "The Lynx," and an experienced handyman, model builder and gamer.