solar powered toy biplane

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Project by NaptownWood posted 06-03-2013 02:23 PM 1084 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little guy needed a propeller, for a few weeks, and then we found online from Hong Kong, the worlds smallest solar powered car for about $2. Ordered 4 of those. They’re about the size of a quarter. I cut those little guys up and chiseled out a spot for the solar cell on the nose, drilled a large hold down into the body, drilled a smaller hole for the motor back into the nose and met up with the larger hole coming down from the cell. Used a two part epoxy for setting the cell into the plane, and am debating on whether to do that for the motor as well in the nose.

very high res photos in the sun so that you can see all my screw ups. I am having issues with glue stains in hard to reach places.

I’ve been mortising the tails of these planes with some ultra small chisels about 1/4” inch across. both the upright and the horizontal stabilizer is mortised in there.

Body is walnut, wings and tail are mahogony. The pics were in bright light, the plane is much darker than this. 2 coats of danish oil.

video here for the little guy in action.

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 04:11 PM

Now that is way to cool.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#2 posted 06-04-2013 12:57 AM

Hay, they are neat.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 06-06-2013 01:09 PM

Very cool toy airplane! Kids will get loads of fun playing with it.

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 11:38 PM

G’Day “NaptownWood”,
That is one u-beaut idea to install that small solar powered motor in the old plane….superb.
I’m wondering if you could either post the details of the Hong Kong source please or “pm” me with them, thank you….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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