Float Planes

This wooden float plane was made to a scratch-built design.


Spotter Float Plane









The fuselage was cut from a block of light coloured wood 60mm x x45mm x 270mm.

A side view of the plane's profile was stuck to the wooden block and the top profile cut on the bandsaw.

Note : During the forming of the fuselage the underside was cut last as it was used as a reference surface for the other cuts.









Before cutting the window sides, the side angles for the bonnet and tail were marked out.









Next, the profile for the side windows was cut by tilting the bandsaw table by 10 degrees and skimming the top half of the fuselage profile (see photo below). The saw fence was used during this operation to keep the cut straight.

Photograph showing the tail sides and window side cut.



Bandsaw table set over by 10 degrees.









The bonnet and tail angles were cut (with the bandsaw table reset to 0 degrees).









The underside was cut to give the final tail shape and the rising line under the front was also cut.









Finally the underside was chamfered to take the floats. This was another cut using the bandsaw table, this time tilted at 15 degrees.









The wing was a simple 2 dimensional shape 6m thick and with rounded corners









Likewise the tail sections were 2D shapes cut from 5mm thick dark wood.









The floats were cut from 12mm x 15mm dark wood strips, with a chamfer on the rear and a radius on the front.









The pillar drill was used with the table set to 15 degrees to drill both the fuselage and the floats to take the 6mm dowels.













The floats were assembled in one setting and pressed down on a flat surface to ensure the model would stand level.









Next - the wings and tail fins were glued in place.




The propeller was another 2D profile cut from a 4mm off-cut of dark wood, A dowel was turned to hold the propeller in place and it was assembled with some wax to allow it to spin.









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