If you want to build a toy plane, the easiest way to do it is to buy a plane-building kit, such as an Airfix kit, that comes with the pieces cut out for you and ready to stick together. While these kits can be time-consuming to assemble, and you do need to follow the instructions very carefully, they’re not that difficult once you get the hang of it. However, once you’ve built a few, the chances are that you’ll get quite bored of it, as apart from painting you have very little input into what the finished plane looks like.
Once you’re a kit expert, you might consider taking plane patterns and cutting out the pieces of wood yourself. This is a lot more difficult, as you have to be absolutely perfect with your measurements or the plane won’t even fit together, never mind fly. If you can pull it off, though, it can be very satisfying, and you can even start making subtle modifications to the patterns to make the plane fly better or look a little cooler.
For a real challenge, you can try to design a plane pattern yourself, but you need a real understanding of how and why planes fly for this to work. Study the patterns you have already made and try to see what they have in common – what the absolute skeleton of a plane is – and then try to incorporate this into your own designs. If your plane doesn’t fit together or looks odd, then do keep trying, as it’s almost impossible to get this right the first time, and it’s a really great feeling to own a toy plane that you designed, built and painted, especially once you get confident enough to have a go at making a really big one.
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