Building an Aircraft #2: Making the body

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Blog entry by jase posted 08-13-2015 02:15 PM 1252 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my main body is from a piece of cherry totaling about 2”x2”. Using the template pieces from Part #1 you can trace out your design with a pencil. So first grab your side template and put it on your wood and cut it out making sure that you have a reference point. I use the nose of the aircraft as mine, meaning both the nose and top cutouts need to be flush on the nose of the wood with the end of the cherry.

So walk to the bandsaw and carefully cut them out.

Next using your template or schematic draw some reference lines that will run the length of your body. This is important to keep your cuts straight. I drew a line from the center of the nose to the center of the tail both on top/bottom and both sides. Thats important when you glue your pieces to the jet.

I hold the individual pieces center on my reference lines and trace them out for 2 reasons. #1 don’t carve too deep and #2 use it as a reference line on the vise.

Now I grab my fuselage and put the main body on the vice so that the top of my vice sits flush with the top of the wing surface. (can you see my horizontal glue line to the right of the clamp).

Now I grab my curved chisel and take out alot of the sides as low as the top of the wing and don’t quite go all the way to the top of the jet. This same curve goes from the front of the wing all the way to the engine, since both the wing and horizontal stabilizer are on the same plane. (no pun intended).

Flip the jet over and do the same thing on the bottom , but make sure you give yourself space for the intake.

Finally you have to cut the canopy which is very tedious and I use just my carving knive to rough it out and 80 grit sandpaper to smooth it.

-- 'If you got any, you got plenty'

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#1 posted 08-13-2015 02:29 PM

Looks like a good start.


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#2 posted 08-13-2015 04:03 PM

This is going to be an interesting project. Nice work and a good beginning.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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