Simple P-40 rubber powered glider kit

Discussion in 'Wood' started by finchhawk, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. finchhawk

    finchhawk New Member

    I know that this is probably not the norm around here, but it's a big deal for my son and I. We found this kit at Cracker Barrel after dinner one night. My son was really excited, so I bought the P-40 and the V tail kits for him.

    My son is thirteen and has been struggling with autism his entire life. For him to show a sincere interest isn't common place.

    I missed pics for the initial part of the assembly. He is having a good time.
    wood p40 1.jpg
    Wings assembled. He's applying the lower wing covering.

    wood p40 2.jpg
    The wings are done. The fuselage is next.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2014
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  2. finchhawk

    finchhawk New Member

    By the way, this is the first time he has glued a model together of any sort. He has done a couple of quick snap together plastic models and assisted dad on other projects.
  3. Bill Nelson

    Bill Nelson Well-Known Member

    It's great he is going on a project! I loved the flying models when I was a kid.
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  4. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    That is GREAT that your son is starting to build his own models by himself!
    Please continue to post his progress!
    I will be following this thread.
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  5. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    I agree with RB keep posting his progress and give him the encouragement he needs.
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  6. Ron Caudillo

    Ron Caudillo Creative Advisory Consultant Moderator

    This is a great thread! I love to hear of the younger folks taking an interest in building/crafting. It is very therapeutic (at least for me), and a focused mind is a great thing (still trying to get there). Good job on fostering this in your son.

    Best Regards,
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  7. spaceagent-9

    spaceagent-9 Right Hand Man and Confidant

    its great that you have a common interest with your son! you know paper modelers though, better build some shelves!
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  8. subnuke

    subnuke Moderator Intelligence Extraordinaire Moderator

    He's going to love it when he sees this thing flying in the sky.
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  9. finchhawk

    finchhawk New Member

    He finished the main model with a little help. Looks pretty good. Haven't installed the landing gear because they put some stick like pieces in the kit instead of the nice wheel pants shown on the side of the box. Can't have that, so I'm going to fashion some nicer pieces for him.
    wood p40 7.jpg
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  10. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    That looks GREAT!!!
    I am sure that your son is quite proud of his first model!
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  11. PaperAir

    PaperAir Active Member

    looks great i,m sure your son will have a great time flying it
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  12. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    Keep the rudder to the right (if you are winding it to the left), and/or make sure you have the aileron on the right wing up, you could use a "trim tab", this will make the plane fly straight, and when the prop stops spinning, put it into a gentle turn, and it will circled round till it lands (compensates for P-Factor). I made one similar to the one below. They can fly really far. Especially if you rub the rubber band with just a touch of "Brake Fluid', allows the rubber band to really wind up and release fast. It becomes addictive. I would fly in fields that had tall grass, so the planes would not destroy themselves on landing. I still have mine in my Barn, being 1:08 a.m., it would be a pain to get it, but it is probably 27 years old now!! :)

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  13. HRW

    HRW New Member

    Thats a great project. How was the first fly?? I hop more project like this will follow!!
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  14. finchhawk

    finchhawk New Member

    Thank you everyone. He loves reading the comments. I happened to find more of mini models in a Hobby Lobby store when I was out with the wife. He now has three to build when he wants.

    Also, the air show was a big hit. We even collected some detail pics for future models. he can't stop talking about the Blue Angels.

    Currently he is working on a plastic canvas project, so the models will be on hold.
  15. finchhawk

    finchhawk New Member

    The first flight went smoothly as well as all the test flights. The second met with some damage to the nose. Luckily these models are simple to repair.
  16. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

    That aircraft flew around 300 feet way up, and glided along time. I was happy I set up a trim tab to put it into agentle turn, or I probably would have lost it as the wind at 300 feet was very strong that day. These cabin cruisers aren't difficult to make. You should use "Monocote' on them, and get away from doping tissue. It makes for a much more durable plane. It comes it many colors, and sparkles, opalescent colors. You use a small teflon iron to put it on, and it shrinks, leaving to bumps, or seams.

    Here is a well made Monocote covered Bi-plane:


    Some of the colors available. It sticks well to itself, making for great graphic designs. :)
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  17. finchhawk

    finchhawk New Member

    I like Monocote. I used it on a 3 foot wingspan glider I made once. Really durable wing.
  18. finchhawk

    finchhawk New Member

    We installed the landing gear. After some research, he decided that he liked the "stick" landing gear since we didn't find any pics of a P-40 with wheel pants or gear covers.
    p40 w gear.jpg
    He wanted it to look like it had tires. A little permanent marker works well. He glued on some black thread for the antenna and voila.
  19. HRW

    HRW New Member

    The P40 Looks really greate. I wish your son many happy landings.
  20. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    It turned out GREAT!!!
    What is his next project?

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