Super Tough Warbird Glider

Those store bought balsa gliders are just too flimsy, especially when in the hands of a 6 or 7 year old. This awesome glider will only take 15 minutes of your time to build! I have made quite a few of these little gliders, and done crazy things to them including: ( I don't recommend you do this) throwing them into the ceiling fan, trying to hit it with a tennis ball while in flight, etc. Surprisingly most of them are still airworthy and pretty good looking.

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Step 1: Gather your supplies.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

1.glue gun

2. zip ties (optional)

3. paper clips

4. BBQ skewers (optional for leading edge reinforcement)

5. block of hard balsa wood

6. hobby knife

7. duct tape

8. foam board

Step 2: Cut a slice of balsa about 1 inch wide by 8 inches long.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

Step 3: Cut out the wing. About 7 inches long and 3 inches wide at its widest point.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

Step 4: Cut the foam down the center of the wing (but only half way through!) for the dihedral.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

Step 5: Squirt some glue in the crevice that you cut previously.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

Step 6: Before the glue dries, bring the sides slightly together, and hold the 2 sides at a 5 degree angle.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

Step 7: Put a some glue on the middle of the wing, right on top of the seam you just glued.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

The wings should angle slightly UP toward the top of the plane, not the other way around.

Step 8: Glue the wing on the fuselage.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

Step 9: Cut out the tail feathers to the dimensions described below.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

The vertical stabilizer should be 3'' tall and 1-1/2'' long at the longest point.

The horizontal stabilizer should be 4'' long and 1-1/2'' wide.

Step 10: Glue them together.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

Step 11: Glue the tail assembly to the fuselage.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

Step 12: Detach about 5 inches of tape and stick 8 paper clips as shown.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

The purpose of this is to add weight to the nose of the plane.

Step 13: Stick the tape/paperclip assembly to the nose of the plane.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

Step 14: Add the optional zip ties.

Super Tough Warbird Glider

This keeps the weight on the nose of the plane, even under insane flying conditions.

 
 

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