Wooden Toy Spitfire.


This toy spitfire was very simple to make, consisting only of 2D profiles, and can be made with hand tools only.

The model could be enhanced by tapering the wings and fuselage, but the simplest flat design is shown here.

The customer requested it be supplied unpainted, so they could add their finishing touches.

Spitfire out on the air field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plans and templates for this model can be downloaded by clicking the image on the right.

The plans are not scale accurate parts for a spitfire but are designed so that the plane has the distinct lines of a spitfire whilst remaining a simple toy to build.

Click to download plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction notes are hardly necessary with such a simple project but here are some photos to assist the build sequence.

First the plans were printed to the desired size and stuck to the chosen wood. The fuselage was a 20mm thick piece of hardwood and the wings and tail were 6mm.

The cockpit window was cut with a 18mm flat bit on the pillar drill. It was cut from both sides rather than through from one side to give a neat edge on both sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wings were given a dihedral angle as this is a significant feature of a spitfire. This was cut on the sanding disc care being taken that the wings were mirror images rather than identical. This picture shows one wing upside down and the table tilted at 5 to make a matched pair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guns were made from 4mm dowel and care had to be taken with the drilling to ensure the drill didn't wander off-line and break through the wing surface.

The drilling vice was used in the pillar drill and a square along the straight edge ensured the gun pointed in the correct direction, parallel to the fuselage sides.

Wing set up for drilling the gun holes

 

The wings and tail parts were glued to the fuselage. An extra filled of glue was added along the wing join to make it strong.

The underside of the wing had some air scoops added which were just rectangles of wood with a chamfer on the front edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time was running short to finish the model so a 4" plastic propeller was nailed to the front to finish it off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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