Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How To Make Paper Airplane

Paper airplane (Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes) are very quick method of making toy airplane for kids. There are different kind of paper airplanes design available for you to try and test. Most of the paper airplane designs are very simple and anyone can make them and have a fun. I am planing to discuss few those designs here and with the minimum effort you can try them. For these plane designs, please select very light weight papers so that your plane will fly very smoothly. Kids' Paper Airplane Book, The World Record Paper Airplane Book, Stationery Flight: Extraordinary Paper Airplanes, Alex Toys Fly'em High, Fly'em Fast Fold'n Fly Kit-Makes 18 Airplanes, Zoom! (reissue): The Complete Paper Airplane Kit (Trend Friends), Best Ever Paper Airplanes are good reference for more paper airplane designs.

You only need to have an A4 paper to make this paper airplane. Then you need to follow nine steps to make this plane. Please refer the figure.

Figure 1 How to make a paper plane

Monday, January 11, 2010

Rubber Band Powered Toy Plane

As a simple start let’s make a rubber band powered toy plane as our first project. This is a very simple design which will guide you basic concept of flying machines or airplane. Before move into implementation of toy plane let’s try to understand the concept behind the flying. People have used different mechanism to fly and those are having their own advantages and disadvantages. This article explains in details different mechanism used and how they look likes. As you might already know, flying mean float on the air while moving forward or backward. Basically flying machines not take backward movement whereas by turning it can change the direction easily. To float on the air it should have some force against the gravitational forces or simply weight of the airplane. How we generate this lifting force, if you can find a mechanism to generate this force you can float on the air.

Concept of Flying

Figure 1.1: Air flow pattern of airplane wing

Sunday, January 10, 2010

History of Flying Machine

Before go into more details on how to make a toy plane, it is important to have a look at on how the history of airplanes changed. Having understanding of the variation of the development of the airplane you can easily understand the flying concepts. It is not very accurate if I said that “Wright brothers” made first flying machine. Before that various individuals had tried to fly using various methods. The Kite, Hot Air Balloons, Dirigible Airship (Airships: Dirigibles and Blimps), Airplane and Biplane (1/48 Stearman PT17 Bi-plane, Mic-O-Mic Bi-Plane) were developed and tested as flying mechanisms.

The history of a Kite goes to around 500 BC and possible earlier. This mean to say that people have been flying kites for at least 2500 years. This first step was a great milestone in development of flying machines. Even though people have a doubt about the inventor of a kite, western tradition gives credit to a Greek scientist name “Archytas” of Tarentum as the inventor of the first kite.

Hello and Welcome to make a toy plane

It is indeed pleasure to see you on my blog posts with ambition to make your own toy plane. Is it really difficult to make your own plane? No. I don’t think so. If you know the theory behind how to fly, you will feel that flying is really easy. Yes it is not difficult but you need to have proper control of the mechanism. In this blog site I will explain you the secret behind the flying, how to make your own toy plane and facts that you need to consider when you go for advance flying machines.

Making your own toy plane is really fun and your kids might more happier to play with a toy plane that is handicraft by you. Most importantly once you try with your first toy plane, you can experiment and make different kind of toy planes and even you might be able to find good market for your toy plane.

Here are few toy planes available in the market and have a look at on them to get better idea about how toy plane is about. Then move into your own plane design with me.

Fisher Price - Little People Lil' Movers Airplane
Airbus Single Plane - A380
Playmobil Jet Plane
InAir WWII Planes 6-pc Set with Aircraft ID Guide - Assortment 1
Airtran Single Plane
Medium Air Force One 1 Hand Radio Control Plane

Different types of toy plane can be manufactured using different kind of materials. Here I am trying to explain how to make toy planes by using easily available materials. If you find it difficult to obtain these materials please visit Mattel Matchbox Pop Up Deluxe Airport Adventure Set, P-51 Mustang, Revell 1:48 B17G Flying Fortress, HQ Kites Airglider Series 40 "Red/Yellow" Kite.

Also you can find more details on how to make a toy airplane here The World's Greatest Paper Airplane and Toy Book.
Lets fly and fly until you fly !