Pedal Eagle Airplane

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Project by Tim Skloss posted 05-07-2011 10:11 PM 19090 views 19 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did this project a few years back. It’s a pedal plane. That means a child can sit in it and pedal it around. Steering is accomplished by moving the control stick left and right to turn the tailwheel. The project was plans-built. Plans came from Aviation Products at: This kit is based on the famous Christen Eagle Aerobatics team and their signature aircraft, the Christen Eagle.

I built it out of 6 mm marine grade baltic birch plywood. The sheet was sold in a metric size by our local specialty lumber store and had cycrillic marks in one corner suggesting it was sourced and made in Russia. Aircraft grade aluminum sheet was used to cover the cowl and fuselage. Arctic white automotive primer/paint will ensure generations of enjoyment.

Very rewarding (and somewhat difficult for the beginner) to see something really pretty come out. Kids in the neighborhood would fight to “fly” it when I wheeled it out of the garage. The metal hardware is available as a kit but plans show you how to bend it yourself. I purchased the decal kit from the plans dealer because lets face it, the design is awesome and a bear to tape and paint yourself.

The best part is to see the look on the new “pilot’s” face when you say to take it easy because if they go to fast it will fly off the ground! Then watch as they try to get it up to takeoff speed.

-- We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers.

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#1 posted 05-07-2011 10:17 PM

Beautiful aircraft! I’ve often wished I had a grandchild. If my son ever produces one, I’ll build one just like yours.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 11:07 PM

What a fun project!! Sure to provide enjoyment for years to come.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 11:09 PM

That is some plane
I can imagine the other kids being green with envy.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 05-08-2011 12:07 AM

I LOOOVE IT !!!!!! :-)
I nearly bett with you that the plane is 1/3 size of the real one
it just need a moving prop :-)
its a difficult to built plane as Radiocontrolled and to fly too but dang its a dream to see in the air

where did you get the pedals from , allso from the aviation kit

thank´s for sharing it with us ,

take care

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Tim Skloss

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#5 posted 05-08-2011 12:13 AM

The pedals were easy. 3 plywood blocks sandwiched together with a section removed from the inner piece to allow the 3/8 rod to pass through.

-- We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers.

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#6 posted 05-08-2011 12:17 AM

thank´s :-)

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#7 posted 05-08-2011 12:45 AM

I was building the real thing a few years back, I had it about 90% done and sold it to a pilot that flew for united airlines. He finished it and painted it with the John Deer colors and had a contract to fly airshows for them. He ended up crashing it into the ocean after he had a prop fail. He showed me pictures of them hauling it out of the Atlantic ocean. They never found all of it. What a beautiful plane.
And may I say you did a great job on yours.

-- Chuck

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#8 posted 05-08-2011 12:48 AM

This is sweet, I would have loved this as a kid. Christens Eagle is a great color scheme for the Pitts Special.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 05-08-2011 01:52 AM


I’m guessing the last picture is that big kid crashed the plane after trying to land on those tracks.

Beautiful job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 05-08-2011 03:36 AM

@Hal – I do have grandkids – boy is this ever tempting! If you like you can try one out on them!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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Tim Skloss

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#11 posted 05-08-2011 05:37 AM

I saw someone make a spinning propellor from PVC pipe and a turned hub. The blades came from the PVC pipe cut lengthwise and the hub was spun via an elastic belt connecting to a pulley between the pedals. The belt was hidden inside the cowling.

-- We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers.

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David LaBolle

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#12 posted 05-08-2011 10:27 AM

That’s great!!! I still have good memories of playing with a pedal car many many years ago.

What happened to the prop? The site you linked to mentioned an “unbreakable” prop.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#13 posted 05-08-2011 01:33 PM

Nice build. I am sure the kids just love playing with this one…...

And a great subject for you to model. The S1 Pitts in the Christen Eagle colour scheme…. what could be better.

Well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#14 posted 05-08-2011 02:58 PM

The smile-on-the-face of the day! :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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Tim Skloss

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#15 posted 05-08-2011 03:09 PM

The effort to post it has been justified.

As for the propellor, the unbreakable was not available back when I built the airplane. At that time they used half of a white plastic football!

-- We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers.

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