Airplanes for son's room

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Project by CM02WS6 posted 03-27-2015 01:40 PM 2541 views 26 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of four airplanes that I just finished for my son’s room. They will hang from the ceiling and one will pull a banner over his crib. The series consists of a Boeing Stearman biplane, P-51 Mustang, A-10 Warthog, and Space Shuttle. I printed out side and top views to the scale I wanted and used those as templates. The wood combinations are maple with walnut and cherry with mahogany, finished with Arm-r-seal.

I’m glad my wife persuaded me to change from a series of all fighter jets because this is a nice diverse group with different character in each one. However, my oldest son did request a plane (I’ll probably do an F-16) and my daughter wants one too (it is half done—will be a purpleheart and yellowheart delta wing plane with the wings shaped likes hearts).

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 02:11 PM

Nice job. Like the choise of lumber contrast. Great idea print for scale

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 03:03 PM

These are really nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 03-27-2015 03:10 PM

Really nice work, the A10 is great.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 04:08 PM

Really nice work, the A10 is great.

- ChrisK

Thanks! Posted this on my Facebook also and it seems everyone loves the A-10! It is also my favorite. It has so much character.

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 04:27 PM

Love the wood toys.
Made a bunch a planes trains and boats many years ago but didn’t survived the ravages of time .
But I still have picture so would encourage all to take them pictures to look at later in life.
Hope you don’t mind me showing one that survived.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 04:37 PM

No problem at all! Looks neat. Coincidentally, last night my 5 year old son and I found some of the wood toys that my dad had made for me. We were looking in old boxes for something else but found a jigsaw puzzle, roadster, and a train. They were all in good shape, but they didn’t get much wear because they spent most of my childhood on a shelf in my room. Unfortunately, my dad passed away a couple years ago, but it is nice to explain to my son that my dad built things for me just like I do for him.

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 04:37 PM

(post deleted, messed up an edit)

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#8 posted 03-27-2015 04:43 PM

Beautiful toys. Very important thing is that they are all realy recognazible by type by their’s characteristic details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-27-2015 07:32 PM

One of the few airplanes I have seen where the airfoil is correctly put in to a non flying toy. Just beautiful!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 03-27-2015 07:55 PM

They said it all! Great JOB!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 03-27-2015 11:56 PM

Great looking toy airplanes. I’m sure they will be played with for years to come.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#12 posted 03-28-2015 12:31 AM

Nice project, they look fine. Your son is a lucky boy. I was going to give you a thumbs up for the choice of the different planes but I guess a tip of the hat should go to your wife for convincing you to reconsider your first choice.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#13 posted 03-28-2015 01:47 AM

I love the planes …extremely well done.

Did you design these or did you get plans somewhere. I would love to make some like them for my grandson.

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#14 posted 03-28-2015 06:41 AM

Very nice! I am building some for my grandson but it’s a slow go as I have no plans so it’s a try and try again to get the parts matched scale wise. Did you buy the templates somewhere or download them?

-- EdwardNorton

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#15 posted 03-28-2015 12:32 PM

Thanks for the compliments!

I made the plans myself. I found a picture containing the side, front, and top views for each airplane and then put that picture in Powerpoint and scaled to the size I wanted. Then printed it out and used that for the templates. Sounds easy, but it may be difficult if you’re not good with Powerpoint. I’d be happy to send you my templates, or make a template for another design or size if you want. It only takes me five minutes. Just PM me your email address.

FYI, the space shuttle and A-10 are both 12” long and the P-51 and the biplane are both 10” long.

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