YOUR FIRST INDOOR MODEL GLIDERWatching how experienced modelers send in the flight record of the aircraft, one might wish to try their hand and make a small plane with his own hands. It passed through many generation of Amateur designers -making the simple model, was fond of a more complex apparatus, gradually improving his skills. Below we will explain how to build the simplest house model glider is in fact a toy that can be placed on the palm of your hand and try out in a normal city apartment. This is very useful because it does not put you on the weather, or your skill level. This glider can really become an adult and a student, having at hand the necessary minimum – a thin wooden stick, foam sheet thickness of 3 mm, a needle and thread and glue.

Generally speaking, it is possible to facilitate to itself work, if you use some pieces. Check out the kitchen – maybe you have somewhere thin wooden skewers for kebabs?


A skewer with a thickness of 2 and a length of 200 mm is an ideal fuselage for your first model. Check that the skewer was bent, and boldly set it aside, the fuselage is ready. Now go to the fridge. Pair of foam packaging from diet eggs is just what you need. Cover such packaging typically is made of foam with a thickness of 3 mm and from it you will be able to cut out wings, stabilizer and keel of the glider. If you’ve recently redecorated then you might be the glue “Moment Montage” (Liquid nails). This glue is white in color and applied a thin layer of fine foam holds items.

Preparing all necessary start to work. Using templates, cut out from a sheet of rectangular foam wing, stabilizer and fin. Edges of the resulting parts are processed fine sandpaper, to avoid burrs. Next, using needle and thread fasten to the fuselage stabilizer – “sew” it in two places, departing from the front and back edges to 3 to 4 mm. should Not be much to tighten the thread, so she is not pushed through the foam for the entire thickness. Similarly fastened to the fuselage the wing area of the rear edge and the front edge of the wing glued to the fuselage, put on the sleeve. Sleeve size is chosen such that the angle of inclination of the wing was approximately 4 degrees. When dealing with a needle, be careful not to forget about safety requirements. Threads in places of fastening of the stabilizer and wing lubricated with a thin layer of glue. In last turn glue to the stabilizer keel. After drying, the adhesive weight of the airframe without load is equal to about 4.5 grams. To the forward fuselage attach of thread weight. As cargo, you can use a small metal screw or a nut weighing 3.5 grams. The wing and tail of the airframe can be applied a simple drawing or writing by using coloured tape. Your first aircraft, ready to fly.

Model glider

Glider model:


1 fuselage; 2 wing; 3 – keel; 4 – stabilizer; 5 – bushing; 6 – cargo

As shown the trial run of this model, it is well-behaved in flight, confidently overcoming 4-5 meters of the room “wall to wall”. To run the model needs smooth motion, without jerks, as if accompanying her flight. The only thing that it is advisable to provide in the process launches, this conditions for a soft landing – design of the glider is quite fragile and hard attack on the barrier can destroy it.

Interestingly, at present, has formed a new trend in modeling that provides for the extensive use of so-called “potolochki” – thin foam panels for the ceilings. Of potolochki and make simple gliders, and sophisticated RC model motor. Making his first flying machine from a sheet of foam, you will gain useful experience with this material and, perhaps in the future will try their hand at field aviation potolochki (making models of ceiling tiles).

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