Toy Airplane (P-26 Peashooter)

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Project by ToyMakingDad posted 09-26-2017 04:21 AM 755 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a toy P-26 “Peashooter.”
It was the US Army Air Corps’ first all metal monoplane fighter.
Boeing only made about 150 of them in real life and only two are still in existence.

I think P-26s’ have a great 30’s vibe with their spatted landing gear and “Yellow Wings” paint scheme and wanted to make a toy version.

The fuselage is made from a 2×4.
The wing and landing gear spats from wine crate wood.
The engine cowling is from an IKEA bed slat.

The pilots are 1 11/16” “little peg people” that I purchased and then painted.

The wing roundels are printed paper glued to the wing and then covered with clear acrylic spray.
Everything is painted with craft store acrylics and then spray coated with clear gloss acrylic.

Not hard to build at all. Bandsaw, drill press and belt sander were the main tools.
Scroll saw for the wing mortise and a couple of Forstner bits for the cowling and the insides of the wheel spats.

Fun to design and build. The kid it was made for is a special little guy and I was very happy to hear how much he enjoys playing with it.

Details of the build are here.

Thanks for looking.


-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#1 posted 09-26-2017 10:40 AM

Love it, some little bloke will be flying all over the skies….

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#2 posted 09-26-2017 02:05 PM

So beautifuly coloured.I like those pilots – so adorable.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-26-2017 02:08 PM

I also love the colors and pilots …GREAT JOB :<))


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#4 posted 09-26-2017 05:34 PM

This is a wonderful toy and you have done a beautiful job on it. I love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 09-26-2017 05:36 PM

Too cute. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 09-26-2017 07:04 PM

Way!!!! Cute !!!!!
Love the little people, will really help a new flyer get his wings.

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#8 posted 09-26-2017 10:42 PM

A very neatly done PLAYABLE toy!

I like it well!

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#9 posted 09-27-2017 11:43 PM

Fantastic model with great colors.

-- Peter New Zealand

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