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Topic: 4th of July Bi-plane Tutorial (altering a beer can)  (Read 1882 times)
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« on: July 04, 2011 01:49:14 AM »

I love making off-the-page projects to celebrate special occasions. In particular, its so satisfying to design decorative items for parties. They create a festive atmosphere and is often an interesting topic of conversation for the guests.
Since it's 4th of July, Im sharing my Bi-plane inspired by the early aviation designs of the Wright Brothers.

Tutorial :

1.To create your own Bi-plane, start with an empty 24oz beer can. Cover the sides with pattern paper and make a hole in the bottom.

2.Cut out the three propeller pieces from the template. Insert them in this sequence through a straw. Insert the straw through the hole in the can

3.Cut out the four tail pieces from the template. Glue the two halves of the tail wing onto a 2 circle. And cut a slit in the circle.

4.Glue the tail wings on the top of the can, making sure the pull-tab pops out of the slit in the circle. Glue the tail piece onto the pull-tab.

5.Heres how the assembled tail looks.

6.Glue on the two wings. Assemble the two wing struts and insert them between the wings as support.

7.There you've completed your bi-plane. All ready for celebrating 4th of July !

If you like to try making one for yourself, I have the parts template here on my blog http://angsandy.blogspot.com/2011/06/4th-of-july-bi-plane-tutorial.html

Come visit my blog to see more new projects
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011 02:36:19 AM »

Thank you for that tutorial. I'm sure my nephew will love it

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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011 09:36:03 AM »

So cool.  I love the shape of biplanes, and this one looks awesome, especially in the fun papers you chose.

« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2011 08:58:02 PM »

Very cool-looks great!
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2011 08:42:10 PM »

That's one of the best tutorials I've ever seen! Great job!

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