How to Build a Working Model Airplane

Model airplanes are a great source of entertainment.

Flying them is exciting, but building them can be very gratifying. The amount of effort and pride you put into your work is only magnified and this can easily be turned into a family project and enjoyed by all.

Pick a model. Search the Internet or a store for the right model for what you desire. There are many different types of flying planes so choose one that fits your area and lifestyle. For instance, if you live near water then you may enjoy a bush plane. Research the different systems before buying them. Some are faster and more powerful than others. What you choose depends on how much you want to spend and how much effort you want to put into the plane.

Read the instructions. If you are not skilled at building model airplanes or is a beginner, search on the Internet for helpful resources before trying to build the plane first.

Study the instructions and familiarize yourself with the different parts and materials.

Collect your materials and lay them out.

Find an assembly area. Find a place where you can assembly the parts and allow the plane to dry. You don't want to try to put this together in one sitting, so make sure it can be in a place that will be undisturbed (out of reach of children) for a few days.

Follow the directions and start building. You may find that it isn't as easy as it seems. All the parts may not fit perfectly.

Attach the wings. If the wings doesn't fit into their slots perfectly, you can either deepen the slots or make the hinges shorter.

Attach the tail feathers. The tail section can be tricky. It is important that you take your time on this step.

Paint, if necessary. If you kit doesn't come with already painted parts, now is the time to paint. Some may come with paint or you can customize it to the colors you want. After painting, lay the parts on newspaper to dry completely before continuing to the next step.

Install power system. Depending on what type of powered model you bought, now is the time to attach the power system. Before doing this, read up on it some more. Make sure you have all the required elements.

Take your plane for a test run. Make sure that you are in a sufficient area for the type of plane you've build.

Things You Will Need

  • Model airplane kit
  • Masking tape
  • Glue
  • Airbrush (if not included in kit)
  • Brushes (if not included in kit)
  • Paint (if not included in kit)
  • Tools


  • Beginners should start off with electric planes that are pre-built.
  • Kid kits are also available if this is for a child.

About the Author

Tiesha Whatley has been writing for over 10 years. She has been published in "Marie Claire," "Ebony" and "Modern Bride" magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has been working in the wedding planning industry for over 13 years.