How to Make an Airplane Model With Waste Products


When it comes to studying aerodynamics and flight principles, it can be challenging to engage young students. Fortunately, it is possible to build model planes using cast off products from around your home. Using recycled materials not only is less expensive than buying airplane models, but your students can play with your models without fear of breaking them. Best of all, these models are green as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Styrofoam Food Lids
  • Utility Knife,
  • White Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • paper clip
  • Cut two fuselage pieces, wings, a stabilizer and fin from the Styrofoam using a utility knife.

  • Rough up the Styrofoam with the sand paper and glue the two pieces together.

  • Glue the fin, stabilizer and wings to the fuselage. Wait for the glue to dry before beginning the next step.

  • Fold the wings so that the wingtips are one inch higher than level. The bend of the wings is called a dihedral angle. In aviation, the wings dihedral angle helps to provide stability and keep the plane from rolling by concentrating the wings lift above the plane's center of gravity.

  • Place the paper clip on the bottom of the fuselage slightly behind the front edge of the wings. This changes the plane's center of gravity.

  • Toss the plane to see how it glides. If it dives too sharply downward, adjust the paper clip by moving it backward. If it climbs too swiftly, adjust the paper clip forward. Strive to achieve a gentle glide.

  • Adjust the right or left movements by bending the rear edge of the fuselage right or left.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use caution when cutting with the utlity knife.


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