If you plan to give your dad a nice gift on his birthday or on father’s day this year, a beer can airplane is an inexpensive and impressive toy model you can give him that will surely make him smile with delight. It’s an instant favorite for all beer-loving fathers, and it is actually a very fun project to work on for yourself! They can be used as decorations in the living room or your dads work desks in home offices.
A beer can airplane can be made in a few hours if you follow the steps below.
Things you will need
- 8 empty cans
Cut the top and bottom parts of 8 empty beer cans. Then cut 5 cans from its top till the bottom and make it into a smooth flat sheet with the help of a rolling pin. You will need the bottoms of the cans so don’t throw them away.
From the 6 sheets you have now, take one out, and cut 6 long 1-inch struts into it with a width of 3.5 inches. Also cut 2 short struts for the wings in the dimensions of 1.5-inches by 2-inches. You have to fold the long struts now in half lengthwise, and fold the wing struts cross ways. The ends of these folded pieces should be into tabs then.
Insert the tabs 1, 3, and 5 now into the body of the plane; tabs 2 and 4 will be the supports of the tail.
For the tailpiece, you need to cut a small rectangle with the dimensions 3-inch by 6-inch from one of the beer can sheets. Cut open a slit upright and then you have to further carve another 3 slits for the tabs.
With another 2 sheets, cut out 2 strips that measure 3.5-inches, which will form the wings of the plane. Overlap the strips then so that a rectangle measuring 3.5-inch by 13-inches is created. Now, make slits in it that are 2-inches from the very ends of these. Do this by adjusting the tabs you made on the longer struts. Make a 0.5-inch crease on both the sides of the struts. Make a hole in the very center of the wing and repeat this process son the other wing.
Now cut another rectangle that is 3-inch by 7-inch. Fold this rectangle crosswise and then rivet it to make the tail. You will then have to make another 4 cuts, each 0.5-inches in length, at the bottom side to create 5 new tabs on it.
With the remaining 2 beer cans, cut three slits into their sides and insert the tails side-by-side.
On one of the beer cans, make 2-inch by 4-inch slits that are set 1-inch apart, and make a hole through this can. Slide in the wings through this slit.
Now make slits for the shorter wings and the wheel struts that will be at the very bottom of the airplane.
Attach the 2 parts of the plane now by connecting them from the top wing to the body, and then attach the wings with the struts.
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